Opening night for the Florida Panthers is less than two months away, and they are still in need of a veteran forward to help boost their young lines. The season is quickly approaching, and Geoff Sanderson is still a free agent.
Rumors have surfaced that the Panthers may have some interest in Sanderson. Should they give him a chance?
I believe they should. Sanderson can bring a veteran presence, and could also be great at mentoring the Panthers' young corps.
He has been on numerous teams in his career. Sanderson's best years were long ago with the Hartford Whalers. Last season he had an abysmal year, scoring three goals with 10 assists for the Edmonton Oilers. He did, however, play just 41 games.
The Panthers really wouldn't lose much if they signed him, as he will not be asking for much. I have a feeling if the Panthers do take Sanderson, they will most likely sign him to a two-way contract. In this case, he would play most of his games for the Rochester Americans.
Signing Sanderson would be an excellent way for the Panthers to add depth, some offensive ability, and great leadership in the locker room—whether it be for the Panthers or the Amerks.
Sanderson has 355 career goals and 345 career assists.
The bad thing about signing Sanderson is that he would take away a roster spot from Shawn Matthias or Michael Frolik. This is definitely a negative general manager Jacques Martin should take into consideration.
Whether or not Sanderson will play for Florida remains to be seen—but as a hockey fan and a fan of how Sanderson plays, I hope to see him in a Panthers uniform come opening night.