This offseason General Manager Dale Tallon will be able to dig deep in the organization’s pockets and spent to the cap limit, putting the Florida Panthers in an actual position to put together a winning team.
Every winner builds through the draft, and develops their own talent, but they also need those complementary pieces, which supports your core players in their success.
There is no doubting that the Panthers have a deep pool of young talented players capable of having team built around them, it is now time to add those pieces around them.
In an article posted on Wednesday in the Toronto Sun by Terry Koshan, it talked about Dave Bolland’s situation with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also stated that if Bolland does hit the free agent market, that a reunion with Tallon, his former General Manager, could be possible.
With the Panthers surplus of centers in their system, at first glance it would seem unlikely that a center would be on their wish list this summer.
But no matter your depth at center, adding a two-time Stanley Cup winner in his prime that adds valuable experience, grit, and leadership – three attributes at are invaluable to any team at any stage of a rebuild.
As the articles states, however, Bolland is allegedly looking for a contract of upwards of $40 million dollars spread out over seven or eight (only Toronto would be able to offer him) years. With so much young depth, do the Panthers want to commit that much to a player likely to never rise more than a third line center?
Two of their former first round picks, Alexsander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad, figure to be the team’s top two centers and those pieces they will build around that I stated above. They also have Vincent Trocheck and Drew Shore – who is currently playing in the AHL – that are fellow pivots.
Each team has their own gauges to measure the value of experience, grit and leadership. What the Panthers are willing to pay for those attributes will be different than the 29-other teams. What they can’t do is overspend, just because they can.
If the ‘pre-agency negotiations’ stage comes around and the Maple Leafs haven’t resigned Bolland, it would be hard to believe that Tallon won’t pick up the phone and call Bolland’s camp to gauge salary demands and interest.
How would you feel about the Panthers bringing in Bolland? Is it a piece that the team absolutely needs or would it just hold back the young players that they already have?