So much time has passed since the Panthers came up short of the playoffs, you may have forgotten they landed one of the greatest free agents of the off-season: future Hall of Famer Joel Quenneville. Dale Tallon missed out on Artemi Panarin, but he saved money through Roberto Luongo’s retirement, solidified his crease (at an overpay, IMHO) with the best goalie available, Sergei Bobrovsky, and complemented his depth and experience with 22-goal man Brett Connolly as well as defender Anton Stralman. The Cats will make the dance.
In some other organizational news, the Springfield Thunderbirds that they will host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the club’s home opener on Saturday, October 5 at 7:05 p.m. at MassMutual Center.
We’ll start with some more T-Birds. The Cats farm team announced they have signed defenseman Will Lochead to a one-year, one-way AHL contract. Lochead recently participated in the Panthers development camp. (Thunderbirds)
Is it time for former NHL coach and Canadian broadcasting icon Don Cherry to call it quits? (Pension Plan Puppets)