The Islanders have Lehner and he has played lights out this year so why make a run at Bob?
Lehner is set to be a UFA and doesn't have the same long-term record of success that Bobrovsky does – and will still likely fetch a huge sum after his performance this year. He's been great, and I'm sure they'd love to bring him back at the right cost, but if the "Panarin wants to play in New York" and "package deal" rumors are true, why not shell out a bit more at goalie (for a guy with two Vezina Trophies) to also bring on the top free agent on the market?
Look back to Panarin buying the high rise condo in Miami, the boys spent the 10 day break together in South Beach
This is a really popular part of the narrative, but I think people are generally making too much of Panarin buying the condo down there.
These guys get paid a ton of money and can/will shell out for fun vacation properties. Plenty of NHL players have property down there (and a handful of non-Panthers NHL players spend parts of their offseason training down there), so it doesn't signal to me that he wants to move down there.
Beyond that, most Panthers players live in the surrounding areas (Parkland/Coral Springs for some of the veterans, Fort Lauderdale for the younger guys) because it's a way shorter drive to the arena. South Beach to the BB&T Center takes about 90 minutes each way, sometimes more with traffic. That'd be like him living in Cincinnati right now.
I think the only thing we can hope for is Jarmo convinces FLA they need to clear some serious space to afford these two, and lets just do a blockbuster.
I don't think Dale Tallon needs any convincing to clear salary. If Jarmo has to convince him on anything, it's that the Panthers could certainly get out-bid this summer, so waiting to get both guys is far from a slam dunk.
I would even throw in Carlsson to sweeten the deal.
Yup – I think he'd be a great fit for Florida and a great sweetener for this trade. With Gavrikov coming over, Nutivaara on a team-friendly deal and Murray/Werenski likely getting locked down this offseason, it's hard to see him turning into a meaningful part of the future with the Blue Jackets. Florida's had all kinds of defensive troubles – and while there's plenty of talent there (Ekblad and Matheson) and some quality veterans (Yandle, Pysyk), what they're lacking is depth and a good shutdown guy.
That's fair, but there's something to be said for getting both now (especially while they have time to make a run this season, actually) and get Bob locked up. If he and Panarin really are a package deal, that'd almost guarantee it. If they let this thing get to June, a team like NYI could give them a run for both guys.
That certainty would also give Florida more time to figure out how to upgrade their defense – which could involve moving a guy like Hoffman or a future-heavy package.
CBJ probably prefers that both guys land outside the division, so there's a nice incentive on both sides.
IMO aside from Seth Jones and PLD, the Blue Jackets don't have a single asset that could fetch Trocheck in a one-for-one.
Am I the only one wondering if Bob's inconsistency this season and the Jackets having a new goalie coach is more than just a coincidence?
To be fair, the previous goalie coach (Ian Clark) is now in Vancouver, where the goalies aren't exactly lighting up the league, either.
Haven't been to Jeff Ruby's (yet) but the other four were on my draft board! I prefer Brown Bag to Katzinger's but do love both. And Trattoria Roma has the best tiramisu in the city as far as I'm concerned.
Had we done a 'drunk food' round, Big Mama's would be an easy one-seed.