2018-19 Record: 36-32-14 86pts – – 5th Place in Atlantic
2019-20 Jersey Guide:
Key Additions: D – Anton Stralman, F – Bret Connolly, G – Sergei Bobrovsky, F – Noel Acciari, Coach – Joel Quenneville
Key Departures: F – Jean-Sebatian Dea, G – James Reimer, G – Roberto Luongo, Coach – Bob Boughner
Going into the 2019 offseason general manager Dale Tallon knew that change needed to happen so the first thing he did was fire head coach Bob Boughner and hire John Quenneville, for whom Tallon worked with in Chicago before coming to the Florida Panthers. The move played dividends as it would help Tallon land one of the top free agents of the summer in goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who was lured by Quenneville’s presence with the club now.
While surprising the Panthers couldn’t land forward Artemi Panarin along with Bobrovsky, Tallon was able to sign forwards Noel Acciari and Brett Connolly who both played in the 2019 and 2018 Stanley Cup Finals, with Connolly winning the Cup in 2018 with the Washington Capitals. Tallon would also sign defenseman Anton Stralman to help add some veteran experience and grit to their blue line.
One weakness though for the Panthers is the number two position in goal. With James Reimer traded to Carolina, and Roberto Luongo retiring, youngster Sam Montembeault will be thrusted into the backup position. Will he be ready, or will Tallon have to make a move to shore that spot up?