Hello again Panther Fans, today we are going to look at how many teams have already made significant moves leading up to the Trade Deadline, and the Panthers, thus far have been left out in the cold.
The market has clearly become one that greatly favours the seller. And while Toronto continues to further better its future, Florida remains stagnant. Although the trade deadline is still ten days away, the Panthers seem to already be behind the 8-ball. The Toronto Maple Leafs however have already added two top prospects, and two first round picks. In fact, the Leafs have done so well, that they have fixed the terrible mistake that is Phil Kessel. Joe Colborne is no Tyler Seguin, but he does have the potential to be a game-changing talent, and players of that nature are extremely hard to come by (just ask the Panthers). Although Dale Tallon is seemingly holding onto the hope that the Panthers can still be a playoff team, he is naturally missing several opportunities to actually better the long-term positioning of the club. Of the top teams in the NHL right now, Philadelphia, Boston, and Tampa have already made significant moves, and have traded a large amount of their movable assets. Simply put, these teams do not have the means, or the necessity to make another key move prior to the Trade Deadline. Pittsburgh will not mortgage their future on a year where they have such significant injury problems, minor moves are more likely, and Washington is looking for a second-line center, something the Panthers have lacked for the last ten years. In the Western Conference, the two top teams, Vancouver and Detroit both plan to stand pat and will only be making minor moves. What does all this mean you ask? Well simply put, the demand is diminishing, the party is clearing out and that does not bode well for a team that is still trying to decide if they should even make an appearance.
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