After making some under the radar moves on the NHL Trade market and in free agency, Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito should be a lock as a candidate for the Jim Gregory Award as NHL GM of The Year.
The Florida Panthers are hosting the defending Stanley Cup Champions and in-state rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time ever in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Whether it was making some questionable signings and trades, or fumbling the Keith Yandle debacle to start the season, Zito has adapted and steered the ship through the early storms.
As Zito expresses in an exclusive interview with Florida Hockey Now, not only do the Panthers have the chance to silence the doubters, the team so many took as a laughing stock in the NHL, has a legit chance to make some noise in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Yes, the Florida Panthers have a legit chance against the Tampa Bay Lightning!
Prediction from this guest scribe to FHN: Panthers in 7.
Now onto the rest of your FHN Daily Links:
Here are some great clips from the 1-0n-1 Zito did with George Richards (FHN)
Could the Florida Panthers be an NHL Trade suitor for Buffalo Sabres superstar Jack Eichel? The lads on TSN Insider Trading give their shortlist of teams that may lead the NHL trade market in the Eichel sweepstakes. (TSN)
The Boston Bruins JV squad took on the regular for the Washington Capitals in both teams’ regular season finale. (Boston Hockey Now)
NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman gets into more Eichel rumors as well as the coaching vacancies around the league and some other NHL Trade rumors.. (Sportsnet)
Mike Harrington has been dropping nuclear bombs on the Buffalo Sabres all season and he, like every Sabres fan, pointed the blame at the Sabres for the grenades Eichel threw on Monday to spark up the NHL Trade market. …and rightfully so! (Buffalo News)
There will be more Pittsburgh Penguins fans at PPG Paints Arena for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders are ready for one last Stanley Cup Playoffs series with their longtime rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and hopefully, one last Cup run in the Nassau Coliseum. (NYI Hockey Now)
How expensive will it be to attend a Colorado Avalanche playoff game? (CHN)