Bang Bang Boogie, on 30 July 2012 - 06:44 PM, said:
I get what you're saying, but I disagree. I believe Markstrom is a top level goalie prospect and will have a solid NHL career. They need all the scoring they can get.
You may be right. Markstrom is a solid prospect, but it should be noted that he has a grand total of 8 games played in the NHL. Hanging your hat on a guy that inexperienced is a gamble.
The real question is, are the Panthers prepared to miss the playoffs this season? Yes, they had the third seed last year, but that was because they play in a weak division. This off-season, that division has gotten much stronger, making a finish out of the playoffs a real possibility for the Panthers.
I understand a reluctance to trade away prospects like Bjugstad, but Florida has a lot of depth in the system. They do not have a lot of depth in the NHL when it comes to the goaltending position.
The question is, can Theodore and Clemmensen bridge the gap until Markstrom is ready for prime time, or should Florida consider taking on a goaltender who has publicly stated that he likely won't play out his contract, who not only can bridge the gap, but could make an excellent mentor for JM as well. (Bearing in mind that the Panthers have over 16 million in Cap space)
Orland Kurtenbach and Dennis Kearns had just been torched 8-1 by the Habs, but they still took time to come out to meet us, some fellow BC boys who were playing hockey in Montreal. THAT"S what being a Canuck is!