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Why The Panthers Can Compete For Lord Stanley

The Florida Panthers had a franchise-best 103 points last season only to find themselves bowing out of the 2015-2016 playoffs in six games at the hands of the New York Islanders.  

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The Florida Panthers had a franchise-best 103 points last season only to find themselves bowing out of the 2015-2016 playoffs in six games at the hands of the New York Islanders.

 

In order to build off a successful regular-season, the Panthers brought in Keith Yandle, Jason Demers, and Mark Pysyk in order to improve their blue line.

 

Head coach Gerard Gallant told NHL.com:

 

“I think we increased our talent level, our speed, puck movement from the back end.”

 

Moreover, they’ve made improvements to their goaltending by signing James Reimer to a 5-year contract. Reimer will be expected to start the season en lieu of an injured Roberto Luongo.

 

This franchise boasts a healthy balance between youth and veteran leadership, thanks in part to the ageless Jaromir Jagr. 

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