Opening The FHN Florida Panthers Mailbag: Ask Colby
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The Florida Panthers find themselves in a unique predicament this offseason.
After finishing up their greatest regular season in team history, the Panthers got swept by the Lightning and found themselves in the midst of a coaching search.
Jack Adams runner-up Andrew Brunette has been replaced by Paul Maurice.
Florida also finds itself with just $3 million in cap space (not counting Anthony Duclair’s likely move to LTIR) to work with to re-sign Claude Giroux, Mason Marchment and Eetu Luostarinen, among others.
A lot of different options are on the table and I am sure you guys have a lot of questions about that.
I am here to answer them.
Leave your questions in the comment section here or tweet your questions to me (@ColbyDGuy) and use #AskFHN.
Answers to your questions will run on Thursday — before the NHL Draft kicks off in Montreal.
Of course, they do not have to be hockey related either; this is the offseason and we like to have fun around here.
All options are on the table.
READ UP: FLORIDA PANTHERS ROLL CALL
Florida Panthers Roll Call is a recurring feature at Florida Hockey Now leading into the start of trade and free-agent season.
The NHL Draft begins Thursday night in Montreal; free agency opens July 13.
- June 5: Mason Marchment
- June 7: MacKenzie Weegar
- June 10: Eetu Luostarinen
- June 12: Jonathan Huberdeau
- June 15: Maxim Mamin — UPDATE
- June 17: Lucas Carlsson
- June 25: Robert Hagg
- June 28: Matt Kiersted
- July 1: Markus Nutivaara
- July 3: Joe Thornton
- Today: Patric Hornqvist
- Coming: Noel Acciari, Ben Chiarot, Claude Giroux, Chase Priskie
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Obviously Ekblad is a core Panther but just curious – how much of a difference is there between him and Makar? Thanks!
Obviously the Panthers need to clear cap space. What are the odds the Panthers can move Bobrovsky and his no trade? Is Bob even on board with it? Also, I am a huge fan of Marchment and know he has earned a decent contract. Are the Panthers prioritizing re-signing him or are they resolved to losing him?
Hi Colby — Longtime Cats fan from Wisconsin. With the Cats going all in this year and coming up short, it seems like they would like to follow in the footsteps of Tampa Bay after their 2019 season getting swept by Columbus. After the introduction of Paul Maurice— what is the general consensus of what you are hearing for personnel needs? I agree with the earlier comment of making Mason Marchment a priority + someone like Patric Hornqvist who has the attitude of all out – all the time.
What do you think is Andrew Brunette’s future with the team? I personally think he was done wrong by management. I also find it hard to believe Paul Maurice is an upgrade. Was hoping you know something I don’t.