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Florida Panthers open camp with high hopes
Florida Panthers open camp with high hopes
May 22, 2024 11:32 PM

The Florida Panthers open training camp today as they prepare for a season in which they have higher expectations than ever.

At a time in Miami sports when is the lowest it’s been in years, with the Dolphins tanking, Marlins rebuilding and the Heat coming off a half a decade of mediocrity, the Panthers have a chance to capture the city.

They started their off-season with a coaching hire splash by hiring legendary coach Joel Quenneville, signing tip-free agent goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and other quality free agents. The signings have the Panthers at almost being a “cap team” for the first in quite a while, being just 500k under the cap.

The signings have caused a spark of interest from fans, season tickets have peaked to over 14,000 sold, compared to right around 3,000 when new ownership took over.

Matt Caldwell says the Panthers were down to 3,000 season tickets at one point.

Now expecting close to 14,000.

— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) September 12, 2019

The Panthers made the playoffs in 2016 and have missed the playoffs every season since. The past two seasons the Panthers have had a common theme, start slow and finish strong. The Panthers know that this year has to be different.

Dale Tallon says that this is a deep town that has everyone competing for a roster spot. Tallon, when talking to the media, emphasized the importance of organizational depth saying “Inter-competition leads to success.”

Tallon believes this team doesn’t have aceiling.

Tallon on expectations “The talent is there to compete for home ice in the playoffs”

— DutchBeek (@DutchBeek) September 12, 2019

The players met with the media today and all repeated the same message on how they appreciated management spending the money and filling the needs. Panthers’ captain Sahsa Barkov says: “It was perfect. Nothing more you can expect from Dale.”

Barkov on Panthers being players in free agency “it was perfect. Nothing more you can ask from Dale”

— DutchBeek (@DutchBeek) September 12, 2019

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