Panthers Gain Victory Over The Senators In A Thrilling 4-1 Loss

Loss….yeah they lost…but win…yeah the Cats did that to as they lost a key 4 point game to drop to 28th and thereby gain the third pick in the NHL 2011 entry draft…the question now is will they be able to maintain the losing to keep that pick.

It’s no surprise to anyone that Dale Tallon is rebuilding this team in order to make them competitive for the first time in a decade and a big part of that plan is draft picks.

“We’ve made our goals very clear. We want to make the playoffs on a consistent basis and become a Stanley Cup contender. To achieve those goals, we can’t handcuff ourselves by making moves or transactions that don’t make sense, just because of the trade deadline. We’re not going to shop and purge, we’re going to do what’s right for the franchise. We have to always look at the big picture, period.”

Part of that big picture means losing at the end of the season. As hard as that is for true Panthers fan like myself to accept the reality is that picks 4-100000 are not going to be as good as picks 1-3 and if we really want to see a rebuilding effort here in Florida a quick fix free agent and some late pick aren’t going to do it…we need a team composed of top pick talent.

The game started off slow…continued with a splash of boredom and ended slow. For the first few minutes it looked as if the two teams were trying to decide who wanted to lose and then Ottawa just kind of decided to win and the Panthers gave up…it was absolutely pathetic…but …again what the team needed to do.

“Disappointing effort,”  DeBoer said “We haven’t had many of them, but that’s one for sure. We got beat in a lot of different areas on the ice. Our best players weren’t good, from the goalie to the first line to our leading scorer to anybody. It was a rotten game.”

The good news is Andy Rubenstein reports that Michael Yormark says there will be no confetti falling from the rafters after the season finale against Washington…or parties to commemorate the NHL Record Setting Playoff Drought….

Stay tuned for the summer Panther fans!!!

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