Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but the future looks bright in south Florida. Of course, it was supposed to look bright last year…and the year before. Until this team learns to get out of the gate with some urgency, it will continue to be questioned. The Panthers have an abundance of offensive talent, both in their lineup and system. But the problem is they sometimes play as though defense isn’t important. And they don’t have a top-flight goaltender or defenseman in their system. The former will be helped by the arrival of Joel Quenneville as coach. The latter must be addressed by GM Dale Tallon.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Only San Jose’s goalies had a worse save percentage than Florida’s netminders. The Panthers have to figure out what they’ll do with the oft-injured Roberto Luongo, who is ...
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Ken Campbell, The Hockey News' senior writer, is in his second tour with the brand after an eight-year stint as a beat reporter for the Maple Leafs for the Toronto Star. The Sudbury native once tried out for the Ontario League's Wolves as a 30-year-old. Needless to say, it didn't work out.