The Panthers go into tonight’s game 13-16 with 26 point which is good for 13th in the Eastern conference. Though it seems like the team has been playing well as of late, with three straight wins and such the team still hasn’t quite gotten to the point of competing every night.
One of the obvious problems in my opinion is goal scoring. The Panthers rank just 25th in goal scoring this season and coming out of last season in 28th place I think it’s safe to say that the Panthers are struggling to score goals both home and away.
Part of the problem is not carrying any legitimate goal scorers on our roster. Sure Booth, Weiss and Frolik get their goals in here and there, but overall the team doesn’t normally have anyone who scores 30 or more goals in a season. The last few seasons the Panthers have made a point of saying that we will score by committee and that the team will have multiple 20+ guys instead of one 40+ guy. Well the reality is that this plan isn’t working and we are not seeing production out of guys that quite honestly on any other team would be 3rd or 4th liners 2nd at best…not guys that are counted on to score every night.
So what’s the solution? It’s easy to say these things and point out failures and not give any advice on how to fix them. I think it’s quite simple…Tallon should be looking to acquire guys this off season who can put the puck in the net instead of trying to get more role players and character guys. With Vokoun, Stillman and McCabe potentially coming off the books this summer the Panthers will acquire 14,983,333 in unused salary space. That’s enough for quite a few good players and/or Ilya Kovalchuk…hehe
If the Panthers don’t do this and waste the money of Dmen or grinders the team will continue to struggle is a Division with some of the most prolific goal scorers in hockey. BTW picking up Brian Roloston would be awesome for this team!
Hopefully Tallon will realize this and react appropriatly…
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