Daily Archives: February 20, 2013
After finishing a four game homestand with an 0-1-3 record, and giving up two 2 goal leads twice, and being shutout twice, the Florida Panthers have decided something needs to change. General Manager Dale Tallon announced earlier today that Jacob Markstrom has been recalled from the Panthers AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage, and joined the team for practice this morning. Markstrom arrives with a 16-15-2 record that includes three shutouts and a 2.65 GAA. Markstrom has played very well of late, posting an 8-4-0 record in his last 12 starts, and has given up two goals or less in 11 of his past 16 starts.
The Panthers who after 15 games have a 4-7-4 record, find themselves having difficulty keeping the puck out of the net. They have given up a league leading 56 goals, while only scoring 35 themselves. Both Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen have had a diffcult start to the season, however, the amount of goals being scored against Florida is not all their fault. As fellow writer Dave Lasseter commented the other day, of the three Toronto goals that were scored against Florida Monday night, there wasn’t a red sweater between the shooter and the goaltender. Thus indicating that any chance that Theodore had of making a save was slim. This is a movie that we are seeing all to often, as for some reason their is an apparent breakdown of defensive coverage that is widespread amongst the team. Read the rest of this entry
With 15 games in the books so far and a record of 4-7-4 to show for it, the Florida Panthers are painting themselves in a corner with little margin for error. The next five games on the schedule are going to tell us a great deal about the balance of the season. Games against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on the road (back to back too), followed by three home games against Boston, Pittsburgh and Buffalo will be no walk in the park, especially the way Florida has been playing lately. The only good news is that the Southeast Division is so weak, that the Panthers despite their dismal record are only five points off the division lead. Regardless of that fact, it’s becoming blatantly obvious that the team needs something in order to help get them to the next level, whether that be this season, or next.
Dale Tallon has a five year plan, and last year’s division championship may have come a year or two early, in order for the Florida Panthers to excel and be a consistent playoff contender, ultimately challenging for the Stanley Cup, a proven player or two needs to be acquired. We have drafted extremely well over the past two seasons, and have some of the brightest young players coming up the ranks in the future, yet we need at least one or two skilled players to be mixed in with the current group. A top notch goal scorer or sniper if you will, and a hard working consistently producing forward would fill the bill. Building through the draft, making a few trades, and signing key free agents are all part of the mixture. Here’s five unrestricted free agents that deserve a look:
1) Ryan Getzlaf: A true big center to finally lineup against everyone else’s top pivot man, Getzlaf has a superior skill set for someone with his size. While he’s not as much of a goal scorer as a set up man, he can still put the puck in the net and get his share of goals. He’s been fortunate to play with some gifted wingers like Corey Perry for example, allowing him to focus more on setting up rather than scoring. Depending on who his linemates are, he could be a player who’s goals and assists are more even more if he takes more shots. Currently making $5.325 million he may be out of our price range, and Anaheim might want to keep him. Rumor has it he’s building or has built a house in that area, so he may be looking to stay. It’s still worth a shot to make him an offer.