Well, it looks like things with the Panthers are not looking so rosy. After a season in which they spent money to attain some good players and after securing the services of head coach Joel Quenneville, the Panthers were quickly dispatched by the New York Islanders in the qualifying round of the playoffs. Soon afterward, longtime general manager Dale Tallon was fired and Bill Zito was hired to replace him. Now, Zito has to deal with a cap situation that is going to be a tough one to manage. He only has about $21 million to sign 10 players, both RFAs and UFAs.
For rumors floating around on Twitter (yeah, I know), it looks like the Fancy Cats are going to let UFAs Mike Hoffman, Erik Haula, and defenseman and sometime right winger Mark Pysyk walk. Another player they’re looking to unload is 26 year-old defenseman Michael Matheson. He’s signed through 2025-2026 at a cap hit of $4.875 million and is reportedly going to be traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Pactric Hornqvist. This deal is all but done except that it seems that Hornqvist is ducking Pens’ GM Jim Rutherford’s calls. Oh, and he has a full no trade clause, so this will be interesting.
** Breaking News**
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) September 23, 2020
Patric Hornqvist saw that he was being traded to Florida on Twitter and decided to launch his phone into the ocean. "Can't trade me if they can't reach me." 🙃
— Jennifer Chefero (@ShootwAuthority) September 23, 2020
live look of Patric Hornqvist ignoring GMJR calls. pic.twitter.com/R0jThM0Dqv
— Rae (@IBoatedHere) September 23, 2020
Now you may ask yourself, what does that have to do with the Bruins? Well, Hornqvist has nothing to do with them. All that was for shits and giggles. As for the other names, Evgeni Dadonov is the one that has been linked to the Bruins. At 31, he’s at an age that’s right between the veteran core and the young guys. He has the ability to play either wing, which is a plus. In 69 (nice!) games last season, he had decent numbers (22,25,47). However, he’s probably looking for a raise from his $4 million. With only under $15 million in cap space, can the Bruins afford another middle six player at $4M+? I don’t think that’s where they should spend it. Plus, I don’t want them to pay the guy who concussed My Boyest of Boys.
One thing’s for sure: this free agency period is going to be very interesting to see how teams maneuver to get under and stay under the cap.