Up front, they added Brett McLean, Radek Dvorak and Richard Zednik... three guys who can play a good character role and chip in a few goals here and there. Where everyone will fit in is the big question for the Panthers. As much as they can rely on Olli Jokinen to have a superb season, the Panthers will really look to Nathan Horton to improve his numbers and the same goes for Rostislav Olesz. Horton scored 31 goals last season, but the Panthers are looking for a 40-goal season and it may not be too far off. In Olesz, he only scored 11 goals in 75 games... he'll have a vast improvement in his tallies. It should be a better year for the Panthers, but it still may not be a playoff season for them.
|Ville Peltonen||Olli Jokinen||Nathan Horton|
|Brett McLean||Jozef Stumpel||Radek Dvorak|
|Rostislav Olesz||Stephen Weiss *||Richard Zednik|
|David Booth||Gregory Campbell||Drew Larman|
|Jay Bouwmeester||Ruslan Salei|
|Bryan Allen||Mike Van Ryn|
|Steve Montador *||Branislav Mezei|
Cap-wise, this line-up is only worth about $37 million. Stephen Weiss is still unsigned, but not going to arbitration. Steve Montador has his arbitration hearing on August 3rd. With these two signings left to do, the Panthers brass won't have to worry about coming too close to the cap this season. They still might find themselves in the market for some of the Unrestricted Free Agents that are remaining.
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