Around The Division: Looking At What The Senators’ Rivals Have Done So Far

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FLORIDA PANTHERS

The Panthers move from the Southeast Division, to the as yet unnamed former Northeast division.  They missed the playoffs, finishing last in the Eastern Conference with 36 points.

Feb 28, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center

Stephen Weiss

(9) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Sabres at the BB

OUT:  Filip Kuba (bought out), Stephen Weiss (signed in Detroit), Tyson Strachan (signed in Washington), TJ Brennan (signed in Toronto), Jack Skille (signed in Columbus), Peter Mueller (UFA), George Parros (traded to Montreal), Jose Theodore (UFA)

INBobby Butler (UFA), Joey Crabb (UFA), Matt Gilroy (UFA), Jesse Winchester (UFA)

ARE THEY BETTER TODAY THAN THE END OF THE SEASON?  Perhaps, but the biggest aquisition is 17 year old first round pick Aleksander Barkov.  He will provide skill on the top 6 right away, and should compete for a front line role.  They are less talented than they were and will be counting a lot on young players.