For the next three weeks CSNWashington.com will take a team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.
This week: Southeast Division. Today: Florida Panthers.
20011-12 Record: 38-26-18, 94 points
Where they finished: 1st in the Southeast; 3rd in the East; 14th in NHL
Coach: Kevin Dineen
Key Additions: C Peter Mueller, RW George Parros, CRW Casey Wellman, D Filip Kuba
Key Departures: D Jason Garrison, F Mikael Samuelsson, F Wojtek Wolski, D Krys Barch, F Bracken Kearns, F Jonathan Matsumoto
Tomas Fleischmann Stephen Weiss Kris Versteeg
Sean Bergenheim Jonathan Huberdeau Jack Skille
Tomas Kopecky Marel Goc Peter Mueller
Scottie Upshall Shawn Matthias George Parros
DefensemenBrian Campbell - Mike Weaver
Dmitry Kulikov - Filip Kuba
Erik Gudbranson - Ed Jovanovski
GoaltendersJose Theodore - Scott Clemmensen
Our Take: Under first-year coach Kevin Dineen the Panthers not only got into the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, the won the Southeast Division by holding off the Capitals in the final week of the regular season. The Panthers got tougher in the offseason by adding heavyweight George Parros, but replacing defenseman Jason Garrison, who signed with Vancouver, with Filip Kuba is not considered an upgrade. Barring a trade for Roberto Luongo, Florida will enter next season with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen between the pipes.
Offseason grade: D
Will they make the 2013 playoffs? No.