The Florida Panthers defense will likely have many of the same faces and names it has over the past couple of years but make no doubt, it will look different in 2020-21.
Bill Zito’s work with the Florida blueline started at the end of September when Kevin Weekes — the former NHL goalie, TV analyst and interviewee for the Florida GM job — broke the news that Mike Matheson was being traded.
That deal took a little longer to work out than perhaps both the Penguins and Panthers expected, yet a day after Weekes’ tweet, Florida had indeed sent Matheson to Pittsburgh for veteran forward Patric Hornqvist.
Matheson, once considered one of the stalwarts of the Florida defense for years to come, had his share of struggles with the Panthers over the past two seasons and a change of scenery may just do him well in finding his game once again.
In the coming weeks, Zito kept working at it.