Another slow start to the season for the Florida Panthers leaves me feeling hopeless in my aspirations of seeing playoff hockey.
The Panthers have always lacked a true scoring forward, ever since the trade of Pavel Bure. Defense and goaltending are solid for the Panthers and have been decent for the past few years, but the Panthers have never been able to score.
The team lacked scoring last season and what did the Panthers' front office do? They signed journeymen Richard Zednik, Brett McLean and Radek Dvorak. These players are solid complementary players at best, and cannot be relied on to score goals.
The Panthers had the same problems offensively coming into this season and in an effort to address this issue they traded away their franchise-leading scorer, Olli Jokinen for two defensemen. The signing of Cory Stillman was nice, but he is not a guy who can be relied on to score goals for you, as he is another solid complementary player.
This team seems to have no passion, and if the front office cares about its fans they would definitely consider moving players. Disgruntled defenseman Jay Bouwmeester must go. The longer Jacques Martin waits, the less value he will get for Bouwmeester.
In my opinion the Panthers should also consider getting rid of underachievers Nathan Horton, Stephen Weiss and Rostislav Olesz. I am sick of always hearing the excuse that these young players are full of skill and potential. Potential will get you fired and will not help you build a winner.
Owner Alan Cohen and General Manager Jacques Martin must make moves to truly show they care about winning. The time is now pull the trigger and make a move for once Martin.
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