With the 2011-12 season sadly in the rear-view window, it’s once again time for The Rat Trick to take a look back at those who had the biggest impact on the the Florida Panthers. Over the coming days, we’ll look at review everyone who had key roles in the past season and give them the dreaded letter grade.
A lot of questions were raised when the Florida Panthers made the move to acquire veteran Krys Barch from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2012 draft and minor league forward, Jake Hauswirth. Fans were unsure what the Panthers saw in Barch as he only accumulated a dismal 26 points in his five years as a NHL player. As the questions continued to grow, Barch knew he had to erase the player he once was and try and rejuvenate his career here in South Florida.
As the season was began, Barch tried to be the player he always wanted to be, however he failed to do so. It wasn’t until January 6th when he scored his first point of the season against the New Jersey Devils in a 2-5 loss in New Jersey. The season then continued to get worse for Barch as he was suspended by the NHL after an incident with teammate Erik Gudbranson and Montreal Canadien P.K. Subban. According to Hockey Night in Canada, Barch was given a misconduct penalty and a suspension for a racial slur that was directed towards the Canadiens young defencemen, P.K. Subban, who is of Jamaican decent.
Unfortunately for me there isn’t much to be said about Barch’s past season. He continued to struggle in the NHL. If by some chance he is back with the team next year, hopefully he can continue to try and improve his game as he set his second lowest point total with the Panthers this past season.
It’s hard to give Barch an F as I don’t like failing Panther players for their season performance, but he gave me no other option. With a combination of both poor play throughout the season and the suspension earlier in the season, it is safe to say that Krys Barch wasn’t the best of moves by general manager Dale Tallon. Panther fans never want to see their favorite team have players that are struggling, so hopefully he can improve his craft in the offseason and come back strong next year as he is looking to become the player he once dreamed of being as a little kid growing up.
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