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“It’s going to be very difficult to make the playoffs.” What is the future of Florida now?

Date: March 2, 2024 Time: 00:11:49

“It’s going to be very difficult to make the playoffs.” What is the future of Florida now?

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It seems that it is not good. But maybe that’s what it looks like?

“Next year is going to be terribly difficult for us to make the playoffs,” Florida head coach Paul Maurice mused about the future just one day after losing the NHL Finals. — There are good teams that miss the playoffs. Do you go into the season feeling better because you played two more months? So you’re in trouble. We will have some players that will be on our roster, but will not be on our app for the first game. It’s probably about two or three months. There are some guys that will take four to six months to recover.”

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It’s tempting to see Maurice’s gloomy prognosis as a desire to bet in advance, but whatever the specialist’s motive, there is no choice but to share his fears.

Three Florida hockey players are known to have played in the Stanley Cup with injuries: Matthew Tkachuk fractured his sternum, Brendon Montour severely injured his shoulder, and Aaron Ekblod simultaneously reported a broken leg, two shoulder dislocations and a rupture of the oblique muscle of the abdomen.

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All three are key players for the Panthers, and all three are probably in the group of players who will have a long rehab. At the very least, both Montour and Ekblad will be on the operating table soon. Do not forget that someone’s diagnoses are hidden from the public, and there are no completely healthy players left in the team, and we will find out the real scale of the disaster only at the beginning of preseason matches.

If the club’s medical staff is expecting a hot summer, then there is not much work for the managers. There are no indications that Florida will experience any significant changes in terms of staffing. With the final siren of the season, restricted free agent status was granted to two forwards, who can hardly be called a backbone. Givanny Smith spent only five and a half minutes in the playoffs, and Colin White played on the fourth line. Also, 38-year-old Eric Staal’s contract has expired, but the loss from him doesn’t seem significant.

With defense, where two full-fledged vacancies open up at once, it’s a little more complicated. Radko Gudas, 33, and Mark Staal, 37, enter the market. You can’t classify veterans as standout defenders, though without their experience Florida’s progress would hardly have been possible. At the same time, the Panthers’ defense throughout the season did not create the impression of a stable line, and there was clearly a demand for trade.

In the frame, Sergei Bobrovsky’s positions are indestructible. The Russian’s fancy 10 millionth contract is good for another three years. As with the injured, his prospects will be particularly affected by the playoff aftermath. In September, the goalie will turn 35, and in Florida he’s already had his ups and downs in the game. The topic of Bobrovsky’s replacement is open. The contract with 30-year-old Alex Lyon, who started in the playoffs, has ended.

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For everything about everything, Florida has just over $10 million, not enough to drag a star, but enough to make some targeted acquisitions that will really make the team stronger.

The problem for the Panthers is that their real buying opportunities in the draft have been exhausted. This year, the first and third rounds of the lottery will take place without the participation of the runners-up.

In general, the skeleton of the team will remain the same. It seems that it has already jumped a little over her head, that too much inside her was built on positive emotions and character, but the system, on the contrary, was not enough. Waiting for Florida in the next Stanley Cup Final is stupid. That’s just this year she got there, contrary to all odds.

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Puck Henry
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