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.
Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.
Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.
The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.
Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.
With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)
Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.
Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.
Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.
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