Third-year Panthers defenseman Bryan Allen returns to (presumably) a top-four spot. Will the "A" accompany him? Chances are not good, since a glut of candidates appear ready to assume the responsibility. You know, the guys we've waited four and five years for. Tons of heart and a mean streak that bests his size, Allen has been a steady if unspectacular blueliner during a transitionary phase ready to blossom with the additions of Keith Ballard, The Beach, and the rumored-to-death arrival of Bryan McCabe.
"Murdock...I'm comin' to get YOU!"
"Your feeble skills are no match for my Jedi training...I worship at the defensive alter of Master Kitchen."