In 2010, Higgins split time between New York and Calgary, being dealt at the deadline in the same deal that saw Olli Jokinen go to the Big Apple. In 67 games, Higgins posted 8 goals and 9 assists, which are not great numbers for a power forward like himself, but the Panthers see something in him that could possibly produce some offense.
|Stephen Weiss||Bryan McCabe||Tomas Vokoun|
|Michal Frolik||Dennis Wideman||Scott Clemmensen|
|Steve Reinprecht||Dimitri Kulikov|
|Cory Stillman||Bryan Allen|
Already the signs of a different Panthers team is very apparent, but the jury will still be out as to whether or not it will be a change for the better or just a 'wait until the prospects are ready and then we'll let'er rip.' Between Weiss, Stillman and Booth, the Panthers might be in decent shape, not to mention the addition of Wideman to replace Ballard; that should work out just fine.
The salary cap situation for the Panthers is a pretty good one going into the 2011 season, having 17 players already signed on for an approximate annual cap hit of $44.6 million. They have already cleared themselves of the salary cap floor, so they could in theory just add a few prospects and run right into the 2011 season, but that's still a tad premature. I would imagine that the Panthers will be looking to sign a few more 1-year deals with some depth players, mostly defensemen and that would really round out their Summer.