NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
The Florida Panthers entered last season as the defending Southeast Division champions. Almost every important player returned, and talented rookies were on the way. Expectations were high.
Then, one by one, key player after key player was taken by an injury. Losing streaks were common; winning streaks were not. Results were low.
"You have to acknowledge it; it happened to us; there's reasons why, we've started to talk about it, evaluate why," coach Kevin Dineen told the Panthers website during training camp.
Florida enters 2013-14 with a roster that could be in flux, a collection of role-playing veterans battling highly touted prospects for a place in the lineup.