Apr 12, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) enters the ice before a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers Greatly Improve With Day One Signings

The Florida Panthers made a big splash on July 1st as they signed six key players on the first day of free agency. They added experience, leadership, and toughness, all things that were missing the past season. The 2014-15 season is going to be an exciting and fun one.

Now this is not the first time that Tallon signed so many players on the first day of free agency with the Cats. Back in 2011 he signed seven players. As we all know the 2011-12 season the Panthers surprised everyone and made the playoffs after being out of them since 2000. Unfortunately the success did not last long as Florida would finish  30th and 29th the next two seasons.

Those signings just get to cap in my opinion and they really were not meant to really lead the team to success. Tallon has said that he wants to build from the draft than add veteran players. Our young guys were still not ready to make the jump to the NHL. All of the 2010 and 2011 picks (expect Eric Gudbranson) were still in the AHL. Now don’t get me wrong some of them have been great signings.Thomas Fleischmann, Sean Bergenheim, Scottie Upshall, and Brain Campbell (who we acquired in a trade with Chicago) have been the exception.

Since 2011 signings however we have drafted two very quality players (Barkov and Ekblad) and finally have a solid goaltender. This year our young guns have matured and have NHL experience so we are now able to take the next step to being a contender and Tallon added the pieces this year to be one.  Now only time will tell if it will work but I have the utmost faith in what Tallon has done and that we now are in the right place as a franchise.

I made a video recapping the signings. Please check it out and as always let me know what you think about the article. Thank you reading.


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  • Bruno Guérin

    I’m also happy with the signing Tallon made. I feel like the only things missing is one more D-man and an all-star wingers…I would like it if it’s Michael Del Zotto and Mikael Samuelsson or Jamie McBain. I like a lot Derek Roy who is still without contract but he’s a center and we are full of center already.

    Surprisingly, my two favorite signs Tallon made are Thornton and Montoya, Thornton brings playoffs experiences, deep to the team and we really need a goon. For Montoya, he is a excellent 2st goalie who won’t make competition to Luongo. With Luongo and Montoya, I never feel that safe with our goalies since a long time.

    • Camera Mike

      Like you I’m overall happy with the signings Tallon made, though if I have one concern it’s with the amount we’re paying Bolland. My opinion on it is no where near as strong as Roenick’s as I feel he will help the team, but I think we could have gotten him for something closer to $4 million a year.

      The two moves I’m happiest with are Jokinen and Mitchell. Jokinen knows how to score, assist, and play meaningful hockey games late into a season and most importantly wants to be in Florida and teach our younger players. That teaching could be the most valuable asset he provides. With Mitchell I live in Los Angeles and have seen the response Kings fans have to losing him and it has been universally regretful as they wanted him back for another year despite his age and I feel that speaks loudly.

      I think it was a good start to the free agency period and I would like to see more signings, but as of right now we are a more talented, smarter, more experienced, and tougher team then last season.