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Opening up the Florida Panthers Mailbag: Summertime Edition



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It has been a while since we have opened up the Florida Panthers Mailbag.

With Florida Hockey Now celebrating a birthday tomorrow, Thursday sounds like a perfect day to answer all of your pressing questions about the NHL’s Southernmost team.

We will be — for sure — be getting into the Seattle Expansion Draft, free agency and the entry draft.

Which players will be back and which likely will not?

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The last Mailbag we did here came at the trade deadline, a time when general manager Bill Zito was very busy.

You can read the previous Mailbag RIGHT HERE

You can also read the Florida Panthers’ report card for the forwards HERE AS WELL.

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To get into the Florida Panthers conversation, just leave a comment on this story or go to Twitter and use the #AskGR hastag. Then I will answer your question.

It really is that simple.

I will be gathering the questions, answering them and publishing them on Friday morning. Deadline to get your question included is Thursday at 4 p.m.

Look forward to hearing from you!

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Terence Graham

Hey George, do you think either Keith Yandle or Sergei Bobrovsky will waive their NMCs for the purpose of the expansion draft to allow us to protect Forsling and Driedger? Also, if you had to make a bet, which Panthers are most likely done with the team?


The number two most important question of the Florida Panther Off-season, #1 being the Barkov extension, WHAT TO DO ABOUT YANDLE? Obviously he is a major burden on the salary cap not commiserate with his value on the ice and nothing happens to Yandle that he doesn’t want to happen, so how do they resolve this situation?


Hey George, love your work as always.

Is there any hint of wanting to bring in a guy like Kessel as another PP threat and 3rd line (or 2nd) winger? He would be affordable and only has 1 year left.


I now live in Massachusetts and hunger for any Panther news I can get. I will be renewing shortly so keep the Panthers news coming. My question is Do you think the Panthers should go after Patric Laine?
The CBJ gave up a lot to get him and would like a decent return, would they even want to send him to
Panthers? How much would they have to give up? A prospect like Denisenko? Plus a pick? Or more??
If you’re the GM George do you even want him?? Nice easy question??

Denim Forseth

Any chance on Zito Offer Sheeting someone?

Dale Huber

Looking at possible UFAs, would the Panthers have interest in Brandon Saad? He has history with both Chicago and CBJ, so Zito and Q should know the player. (Not sure if that means they would be interested, or if it means they know to stay away). I don’t see him getting anywhere near his prior contract AAV. Similar to Bennett, he has had a good points per game average come playoff time.


Where do you see Anton Lundell slotting in next season? 2C or 3C?

Jordan Moses

Hey George, have you heard anything about if the reverse retros are here to stay or if the Panthers are working on their own third jersey? Also congrats on working on this site for a year, I can’t wait for all the off-season content!


Do you think that the NHL owners should try to close the loophole in the contract that allowed Tampa to use Kucherov after the season was over. Although it was not against the contract it sure leaves a bad taste for the way they do business. We all know he could have played before that, And we can call it the Kucherov Rule. Stay Safe!

Thomas Wareham

What do you think the chances are of… A). Keith Yandle waiving his NMC for the purpose of either a trade, buyout, or exposure in the expansion draft, and.. B). Chris Driedger staying with the Panthers?

Bob E.

Georger – Please tell us again whythe Panthers are not likely to buy our the Yandle contract. MO if they do not and then need to protect him in the draft, they will probably lose a player who can acturally help them win.

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