August 30 2012 11:47AM
Frequent commenter and guest contributor RexLibris' series on rebuilds continues with the Florida Panthers.
The Florida Panthers have recently been held up as proof that a team doesn't need to be terrible for long periods in order to become good. Many fans have commented that they would prefer to see their team take the approach of Dale Tallon and the Florida Panthers over that of the Edmonton Oilers, and that a team can be rebuilt on the fly, with as much chance of success as a “nuclear-style” rebuild.
Our task in this case is to find the truth in this matter. The Panthers have obviously rebuilt under Dale Tallon, that much is clear. The question becomes was this rebuild done in such a fashion that it can reasonably be applied to other situations and franchises where a team can be remade over a summer and go from a perennial bottom-place team to a playoff contender? In order to ask, and eventually answer, that question one needs to look at the talents that were acquired between the period of poor performance and resurgence, the existing conditions that facilitated this remodeling (in case the term rebuild is becoming repetitive), and what assets were acquired as a result of the Panthers being so bad, and drafting so high, under earlier management as well as their true impact on the recent improvement of the team.
August 30 2012 11:46AM
With the possibility of Sven Baertschi spending a season in the AHL in lieu of a locked-out NHL season, there's been lots of questions popping up about his pro eligibility and the possibility of his entry level contract (ELC) "sliding" (meaning, the team doesn't burn the first year of his 3 year contract if he plays in the minors). Both seem to be relatively simple questions, but the truth is only one of them is easily answered.
August 29 2012 11:33AM
As the collective bargaining agreement talks between the players and owners finally begin to heat up, potential outcomes and consequences for the Calgary Flames as a result of a new deal and/or lock-out are starting to take shape. If the season is delayed or erased entirely, there could be interesting repurcussions at either end of the roster. In addition, the team may face some difficult decisions in the wake of a new, lower salary cap.
August 29 2012 07:02AM
1. Please tell me this actually happened
Apparently, and this comes directly from Facebook via a newspaper and columnist you've never heard of in your life, but a Winnipeg Jets fan ran into Cory Sarich over the summer and asked him when he would request a trade back to his native province. Unfortunately, Sarich seems not to have responded, "Right away!" and ripped off his shirt revealing a Winnipeg Jets logo tattooed onto his chest.
August 28 2012 01:18PM
While NHL fans do a slow burn and the league's player prepare for a season that may never come, the owners and Bettman appear to be enjoying another season of good times on Boardwalk, Park Place and Pennsylvania avenues. Allan Mitchell tackles the issues with some heavy hitters.
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