There’s no doubt there is still a pit of regret and what could’ve been permeating through the bodies of the Florida Panthers players and coaches, as well as Panthers fans right now. However, as George Richards pointed out in his latest FHN+ column, how everyone feels about the Florida Panthers right now and will in the immediate future is a much different feeling than they had heading into recent offseasons. The contending Florida Panthers have finally arrived!
‘In this 2021 season, the Panthers finished with their highest point percentage of all-time (.705, ranked fourth in the entire league), winning 37 of 56 games.
These Panthers were legitimately good.
And they are legitimately good. As Sasha Barkov said after it all came to a disappointing end Wednesday night in Game 6 against the Lightning, the Florida Panthers are contenders now.’
Now onto the rest of your FHN Daily Links:
Here’s the gamer from the 40 loss for the Florida Panthers in Game 6. (FHN)
Unlike the Florida Panthers, the Tampa Bay Lightning only needed one goalie in their first-round series with the Florida Panthers to advance to the second round. (FHN)
So when will the Boston Bruins begin their second-round series with the New York Islanders? (BHN)
Whenever the Bruins-Islanders series begins, the Boston Bruins are expecting to be involved in another ‘heavy’ and physical series. (BHN)
Is Zdeno Chara done with the Washington Capitals after just one season? Will he retire? (BHN)
With their series-clinching win in Game 6 on Wednesday, the New York Islanders clinched their first series on home ice since they clinched the first-round series with the Washington Capitals in six games in the first round of the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs. (NYI Hockey Now)
Could the arrival of Jeff Carter and his success since the NHL Trade Deadline help to keep the Pittsburgh Penguins veteran core together for one more season? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Carter may be able to help but as Penguins captain Sidney Crosby pointed out after the Game 6 loss, that will be up to management and ownership. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights were unable to clinch their series with the Minnesota Wild in Game 6. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Count this puck scribe as being stunned that Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares is already skating again. (TSN)