After 9 long years of missed opportunities, you have to wonder what's next? Has Karma caught up, has she left? That is the question of many players and fans of the Florida Panthers.
This 2010-2011 pre-season has to feel a little different for the Florida Panthers. The BUZZ in South Florida is on fire with Sport, Music and Media heading the headlines around the world. "Miami is that city to be in" said Lebron James during a recent interview. So how to keep it hot? "Play your game" he said.
Florida Panthers open the season on the west coast with Edmonton / Vancouver / Calgary and return to Florida to face Tampa Bay to wrap the first week. Advantage to Florida; playing 3 west coast games could put the team at better odds of winning FRESH and avoiding a slow start. Last years 2009-2010 netted 1 win over Chicago and giving up 4 in a row to a slow start to a season of catch up. Starting with momentum and never backing off the throttle would be the best scenario.
Could that happen? With the addition to size on D should change the game in the neutral ice and open up more opportunities to the Florida Panthers.
GM Dave Tallon has been playing his game by bringing in history to the family with the addition of Brian Skrudaland and Gord Murphy both played in the 1996 Stanley Cup with Florida Panthers. The addition of former players to operations staff shows long term commitment on part of Dave Tallon as GM. Also with a bigger, newer rooster Florida is in the position to be a contender in the East
Fans are already buzzing the net to what’s next? Rookie Camp followed by Training camp in September.
Countdown clocks at 80 some days and counting until the puck drops.