Panthers swap for Tkachuk and name Maurice as coach to compete in the Cup

Following the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is examining where each team is in preparation for the 2022-2023 regular season, which begins Oct. Today, the Florida Panthers:

2021-22 season: 58-18-6, first in the Atlantic Division; lost in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

arrival keys

Matthew TkachukF: The 24-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames on Friday for the forward Jonathan Huberdeau and defender MacKenzie Weegar; the restricted free agent agreed to an eight-year contract with the Panthers following the trade. He scored 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists) last season and 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. … Colin WhiteF: The 25-year-old signed a one-year deal on July 13, after recording 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 24 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. … Marc StaalD: The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 13 after recording 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 71 games with the Detroit Red Wings. … Nick CousinsF: The 29-year-old signed a two-year contract on July 13; he had 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 68 games with the Nashville Predators. … Rudolfs clerksF: The 25-year-old signed a one-year contract on July 14; he had 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 61 games with the San Jose Sharks. … Paulo Maurício, coach: The 55-year-old was signed on June 22 to replace Andrew Brunette. Maurice ranks seventh in NHL history with 775 wins and fourth in trained games with 1,684. He is 775-680-130 with 99 draws in 24 seasons with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets; he resigned as Winnipeg’s head coach on December 17 during his ninth season there, saying, “They need a new voice”.

Video: Tkachuk traded with the Panthers for Huberdeau, picks

main matches

Jonathan Huberdeau, F: He had an NHL career record with 115 points in 80 games last season, including leading the NHL with 85 assists. He had five points (one goal, four assists) in 10 playoff games. … MacKenzie Weegar, D: He had 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists) in 80 games and one assist in 10 playoff games. … Claude GirouxF: Signed a three-year contract with the Senators on July 13, having scored 65 points (21 goals, 44 assists) in 75 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Panthers and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 games. playoffs. … mason’s marchF: He signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 13, following an NHL record of 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists) in 54 games and one goal in four playoff games. … Ben ChiarotD: He signed a four-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on July 13, after recording 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 74 games with the Montreal Canadiens and Florida, and one assist in 10 playoff games.

on the cusp

Grigori DenisenkoF: The 22-year-old, the 15th pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, has four assists in eight games in two seasons with the Panthers. He had 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 30 games with American Hockey League Charlotte last season. …Anton LevtchiF: The 26-year-old signed an initial one-year contract on June 14 after leading all top scorers in the Liiga, Finland’s top professional league, with 61 points (26 goals and 35 assists) in 55 games with Tappara. … Logan HutskoF: The 23-year-old, a third-round pick (#89) in the 2018 draft, has had 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) in 71 AHL games. … Aleksi HeponiemiF: The 23-year-old, selected in the second round (#40) of the 2017 NHL Draft, has three points (one goal, two assists) in 15 games in two seasons with Florida and has 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) ) in 56 AHL games last season.

what they still need

The acquisition of Tkachuk will fill a huge offensive hole following the loss of Giroux and Marchment and an Achilles injury to the forward Anthony Duclair, who is expected to miss the first half of the season. The Panthers will also need to find a more equitable way to split time between goalies. Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight. Last season, Bobrovsky, 33, played 54 regular season games and 10 playoff games, compared to 32 regular season games and two playoff games for Knight, 21, the 13th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

they said that

“There’s a lot of good stuff here. I think when you look at historic teams; there are a lot of powerful teams and Florida is now one of them. If you want to go back to Detroit in the mid-’90s, Pittsburgh [Penguins]Tampa Bay [Lightning] a few years ago… talent comes first, and it needs to be developed and taken to a certain level. Then there’s the next phase, and it’s not necessarily measured by regular season points or goals.” – Panthers coach Paul Maurice

fantasy focus

Even after the addition of elite winger Tkachuk, the Panthers will have several positions in the top nine in contention. Heponiemi and Denisenko could end up in the mix and it’s worth monitoring each in the goalkeeper and dynasty leagues. Each of them made an impact for Charlotte of the AHL last season and is a fantasy rookie for this season, even if they end up being third-row. –Pete Jensen

designed alignment

Matthew Tkachuk- Aleksander BarkovSam Reinhart

Carter VerhaegheSam Bennett — Colin White

Anton Levitchi — Anton Lundell — Balcers Rudolfs

Nick cousins ​​– Eetu LuostarinenPatric Hornqvist

Gustav ForslingAaron Ekblad

Brandon MontourRadko Gudas

Marc Staal — Lucas Carlsson

Sergei Bobrovsky

Spencer Knight

Injured: Anthony Duclair

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