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Panthers’ 2024 Free Brokers, Draft Targets, Offseason Information After NHL Remaining Win

Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images Unrestricted free agents: Nick Cousins, Ryan Lomberg, Steven Lorentz, Kyle Okposo, Sam Reinhart, Kevin Stenlund, Vladimir Tarasenko, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Dmitry Kulikov, Brandon Montour, Anthony Stolarz Restricted free agents: Anton Lundell, Josh Mahura The Panthers have core players including Aleksander Barkov, Matthew Tkachuk, Sam Bennett, Carter Verhaeghe, Aaron Ekblad, Gustav

Panthers’ 2024 Free Brokers, Draft Targets, Offseason Information After NHL Remaining Win

SUNRISE, FLORIDA - JUNE 1: Anton Lundell #15 of the Florida Panthers skates with the puck against the New York Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final at the Amerant Bank Arena on June 1, 2024 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Unrestricted free brokers: Nick Cousins, Ryan Lomberg, Steven Lorentz, Kyle Okposo, Sam Reinhart, Kevin Stenlund, Vladimir Tarasenko, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Dmitry Kulikov, Brandon Montour, Anthony Stolarz

Restricted free brokers: Anton Lundell, Josh Mahura

The Panthers have core gamers together with Aleksander Barkov, Matthew Tkachuk, Sam Bennett, Carter Verhaeghe, Aaron Ekblad, Gustav Forsling and Sergei Bobrovsky locked in via subsequent season.

That does not imply this offseason will probably be stuffed with simple selections. Greater than half of the 2023-24 roster is coming into free company this summer season.

The Panthers’ most urgent choice will contain Sam Reinhart, who took benefit of a contract yr by placing collectively the perfect season of his profession.

Incomes minutes on the Panthers’ prime line and power-play unit helped Reinhart report a personal-best 94 factors via 82 regular-season video games.

Throughout the common season he trailed solely the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews for the NHL scoring lead with 57 objectives, and led the league with 27 strikes on the ability play.

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Reinhart’s earlier career-high was 33 objectives, and he led the NHL with a 24.5 taking pictures share final season, so his skill to repeat his totals from final season are in query.

However he is been a constant enhance to his linemates, together with Barkov, who gave credit to Reinhart for contributing to his 2023-24 Selke Trophy win.

Mixed along with his dominant regular-season and playoff contributions, that contribution has doubtless earned him a elevate from the $6.5 million he made in 2023-24.

The query is whether or not or not the Panthers will have the ability to provide it, or if Reinhart will settle for a suggestion from a scoring-needy crew keen to pay up within the hope that he can equally elevate their very own first line.

The Panthers even have a key choice to make with Brandon Montour, who led the crew’s skaters in ice time this season and served as a central purpose Florida allowed simply 27.8 pictures towards per recreation, the third-fewest within the NHL, in the course of the common season.

Montour was additionally a key a part of the Panthers’ penalty kill and a dependable playoff producer, a efficiency that might doubtlessly have priced him out of the Florida’s price range.

One other vital pending UFA is backup goaltender Anthony Stolarz, who put collectively a robust marketing campaign behind Sergei Bobrovsky with a .925 save share and a pair of.03 objectives towards common via 27 appearances (24 begins.)

There’s a probability that marketing campaign might have made Stolarz too expensive too hold, particularly contemplating the Panthers have already dedicated $10 million to conserving Bobrovsky because the crew’s starter for 2 extra seasons.

Different free company questions encompass veterans like Vladimir Taranseko, who has performed for 4 groups within the final two seasons and will transfer once more this summer season; Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who completed out his one-year deal on the Panthers’ third pairing; and Kyle Okposo, the previous New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres winger who joined Florida for the playoff run.

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More likely to stroll is Nick Cousins, who was out and in of the lineup in the course of the Panthers’ postseason.

The Panthers even have restricted free company negotiations to think about with Anton Lundell, the crew’s third-line heart and a robust contributor all through the playoff run.

Total, will probably be a busy offseason of free company negotiations for the Panthers. What number of of those gamers the crew retains will form the remainder of their selections within the draft and free company.

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