New York Rangers’ NHL Ranking: Previewing 26th Florida Panthers

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SUNRISE, FL – APRIL 3: Nick Bjugstad

With the start of the 2017-2018 NHL season just weeks away, it is time to get to know the opponents. This time, let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference opponent, the Florida Panthers.

With a young core and the addition of former Ranger Keith Yandle, it came as a surprise to many that the Panthers finished with a 35-36-11 record last season. On top of a disappointing year in Sunrise, FL, the Panthers front office and bench received a major shakeup. Currently, the team going out on the ice relies on the decisions of rookie head coach Bob Boughner and general manager Dale Tallon.

Considering the fact that the Panthers were not very good this past season, one would think they would make some moves to improve the team. That is not the case this time. After losing Johnathan Marchessault to the expansion draft, the team bought out the remainder of Jussi Jokinen’s contract. When July 1st rolled in, the only moves Tallon made was to sign Evgeny Dadonov, Micheal Haley, and Alex Petrovic. Other than that, the Panthers remain with their young talent.

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