What do you think CBJ is going to do now that they have no draft picks and a ton of free agents? Do you think Bobrovsky is really going to Florida?
I think they’ll hit free agency really hard, make big pitches to all the top free agents. All things considered, they don’t actually have a ton of roster spots to fill, and they’ve got a shitload of cap space, even if they are able to re-sign a guy like Duchene. Werenski’s up for a new contract, and it’s going to be a considerable one, but it’s still only going to eat up a fraction of their space. They aren’t going to find players who can straight-up replace what Panarin and Bobrovsky brought, but they should be able to find some pieces to at least try and off-set the loss.
As for Florida, I think it’s likely. Just because they have the space and the need. The guy is going to get paid, and there just aren’t a lot of teams who can give $9 million to a goalie. And the number gets even smaller when you take into account a decent number of the teams who actually could do it don’t need to. I’m not ready to say he for sure ends up there though, because they still have to clear up where they stand with their current goalies, and what happens there is going to impact whether or not they can commit serious money to Bobrovsky. If they can’t get rid of Luongo/Reimer, it’s going to be hard justifying bringing in Bob and having upwards of $15 million committed to the position. But I think they’re definitely the favourite.