The Florida Panthers have been the headline grabbers on the first day of free agency in the past.
Not this time.
That is not to say what new general manager Bill Zito did on the opening of the NHL’s free agent market was inconsequential — and he most likely is not done.
To be fair, Friday’s opener was not exactly the free agent frenzy we have seen in the past.
These are different times, after all.
“I think we’re all kind of accustomed to not being surprised by anything,” Zito sad. “That’s how we prepared as a staff, we were ready for anything. …