Wrong Thinker Extraordinaire
I have Panther's season tix and see about 25-30 games a year personally and I can tell you that they have a darn nice group of forwards. Their D is suspect outside of Ekblad/Yandle and have now added Stralman which will solidify their 2nd pairing. Their biggest issue was in net, they used a lot of different goalies last season. The addition of Bobrovsky (provided he plays like the two time Vezina guy he is) will transform that team. I expect them to push hard for the playoffs with either Carolina or Columbus dropping out, maybe both. The habs finished with 2 less wins than the Leafs and Canes. Had our backup Niemi not been so horrible it's likely they squeak in. They've addressed the backup situation with a better Kinkaid and have some nice prospects coming up. I'm not entirely sure they make the playoffs this season but they will still be a good team.Panthers had the 9th best goals for and 4th worst goals against. They missed the playoffs by 12 points. Is Bob 6 wins better than Luongo/Reimer? Uh, yes.
The East keeps getting tighter and tighter.