SUNRISE, Fla. –The Florida Panthers commitment to capturing a Stanley Cup has been on full display in recent weeks, as numerous upgrades continue to be made to last season’s Atlantic Division championship roster.
In addition to re-signing core players such as Vincent Trocheck, Reilly Smith and Aaron Ekblad to lengthy extensions, the team also made a series of savvy moves on the free agent market, signing goaltender James Reimer, defenseman Jason Demers and forwards Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault.
“It’s a young league and the game’s getting faster every year,” Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe said. “We felt the guys we picked up (in free agency) gave us more skill. It definitely gave us some quicker guys on that third-line position and gives (head coach Gerard Gallant) more options than he had last season.”
With these latest moves, the Panthers now have nine of their core players signed through at least the 2020-21 season, including six players who were signed to new contracts within the last two weeks.
“We really like what we did this offseason and today just probably completed all the pieces that we needed to and now we’ll sit back and wait,” Rowe said. “If we can pick up another guy here, we’ll look at it, but we’re not going to be in a rush.”
Here’s a look back at all of Florida’s free agent acquisitions thus far…