The Florida Panthers made one of the biggest splashes this offseason when they signed free agent goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year contract.
Landing the two-time Vezina Trophy winner (2013, 2017) not only gave Florida a top-flight goalie, it was another sign of how committed they are to winning after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for three straight seasons.
The Panthers also added championship pedigree when Joel Quenneville, a three-time Stanley Cup winning coach with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015), was hired April 8 to replace Bob Boughner. Quenneville's presence played a role in selling Bobrovsky, as well as defenseman Anton Stralman and forwards Noel Acciari and Brett Connolly, on signing with the Panthers, who despite a talented and maturing core have missed the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons.
"With the bright future this team has, with a great coach and management and with a really talented group of guys, I'm excited to be here," Bobrovsky said. "I think we can make something really special here."
General manager Dale Tallon said he's pleased with the fact the Panthers were able to complete their offseason to-do list.