With Q in Florida now and the owner willing to spend money on goaltending and maybe Panarin, look out indeed. Florida has been a lot like the Canes, a great collection of young talent on the cusp of a playoff spot but inconsistent goaltending that sat just outside the playoff bubble.I think Hall just wants to keep his options open. If things go well for the Devs when they add Hughes or Kaaako up front, he could well end up signing a new deal.
And I do like the Flyers to be in position to make a move. That team never gave up on the season this year, despite how frustrating it must have been for them. They've got good bones on that roster and if Hart can be solid in net, Fletcher should be able to add a couple of parts to get them to improve a notch or two. I also think Montreal could be poised to improve. They aren't far off and are unlikely to be taking a step backwards. They need mobility on D and one or two creative forwards ... nothing too fancy. And Florida is a wildcard. If they do add Bob and Panarin then look out ... because, like the Flyers the bones of the lineup are solid and that team plays HARD.