The Panthers have two big meetings Monday.
Blue Jackets free agents Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin are meeting with Florida on Monday, according to TSN.
The team is prioritizing a goalie this offseason, but they’ll take both players if they can get them.
NHL UFA speaking period opens Sunday. Coveted free agent goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and winger Artemi Panarin will be in FLA to meet with the Panthers on Monday. FLA would like to sign both but need a goalie more than a forward so the priority may be Bob.
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Florida’s goaltending situation is up in the air next year as Roberto Luongo is contemplating retirement, but even if he wasn’t, the Panthers would be going after Bobrovsky.
The Blue Jackets’ goalie has wanted out of Columbus for a while, but that hasn’t kept him from producing as he has won the Vezina Trophy twice and been in the running several other times.
Florida did take goalie Spencer Knight in the first round Friday in the NHL Draft, but he is going to Boston College next season so he is at least a bit of a ways away from contributing at the professional level.
As for Panarin, the former Blackhawks forward has a connection to Florida in that his former coach Joel Quenneville is now at the helm for the Panthers.
That may be enough to get the star to Florida. But he also reportedly wants to play in a big city, so Florida might not be exactly what he wants.
That fact won’t keep Florida from pursuing him though.
Panarin is coming off of a season in which he had 28 goals and a career-high 59 assists.