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by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers

We’re officially into the “isn’t the offseason over yet?” portion of the offseason, chock full of season previews, player workout Instagram posts and media outlets picking their horses for the upcoming season. Speaking of…

CATS HYPE

The Panthers had their turn as the NHL’s 30 in 30 team earlier this week, with a wealth of cats-centric content plastered all over NHL.com. In case you missed it, here’s what they had to say about this year’s Panthers squad.

There’s also an in-depth look at the Panthers’ offseason moves, a look at the top prospects in the system and – for all of you fantasy hockey gurus out there – a look ahead at the fantasy impact of certain members of this year’s squad. The secret to winning your league this year? Draft Cats early and often.

30 in 30: Inside Look at the Panthers | Reasons for Optimism | Fantasy Outlook | Top Prospects

The Panthers also got some buzz in The Hockey News’ season preview yearbook. THN’s staff is predicting big things from this year’s Panthers, coming off of a breakout campaign and a busy offseason. They called the Jason Demers deal one of the top four moves league-wide this offseason, and listed Aleksander Barkov as one of their top 50 players in the NHL. You can purchase their preview issue here.

And speaking of the top 50 players league wide, NHL Network is doing their own list on that topic, and one Aaron Ekblad checked in at number 46 on the list.

TRADE NEWS

More news out of Sunrise yesterday, as the Panthers acquired two draft picks from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forwards Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse.

“Steve Werier and Eric Joyce have been working the phones with Arizona for the past few weeks and came to Dale and I late last night with what they felt was a fair return for the cap, contract space and picks we received. Today’s transaction creates significant cap space for us in each of the next three NHL seasons, while simultaneously giving us the ability to add more good, young players to a farm system we know we need to improve,” said General Manager Tom Rowe. "We plan to use this cap space to continue to aggressively build on the steps we took this summer to construct a championship-caliber roster here in South Florida today and well into the future."

You can read the full press release here.

SUITE LIFE

Looking to impress an important client or have a fun corporate outing? Well, there’s no better way to do that than with a suite at a Florida Panthers game. And starting today, the Panthers are rolling out another great option for that.

With the Suite Mini Plan, the client selects one game per month for a total of seven games over the course of the season. This also give the client access to 20 tickets per game and two parking passes, plus use of unique meeting spaces during the day of the game.

For full details or to reserve, call (954) 835-7828 or email premiumseating@floridapanthers.com

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