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02-01-2013, 11:20 PM
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1st Season: Notable moves involved signing Nikolai Zherdev, trading Versteeg for Derek Roy. Gudbranson would also be traded to Washington for Ben Smith and Washington's 1st Round pick (Erne). The Panthers also make a big splash to bolster their right wing depth by signing Daniel Alfredsson.

2nd Season: Breakout season for the Panthers. Huberdeau bursts onto the scene to capture the Calder, backstopped by Jose Theodore and his understudy Jakob Markstrom, the Panthers finished first in the east, but get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Capitals.

3rd Season: Alfredsson returns. Jakob Markstrom becomes the No. 1 goalie. After a slow start, the Panthers finish the season strong despite Huberdeau only playing 16 games due to injury. Securing the 4th place position in the Eastern Conference (2nd overall in the East in points), the Panthers dispose of Buffalo in the first round, but are eliminated by the lower seeded Jets. The #Winit4Alfie campaign ends in failure and he retires at the end of the season. Markstrom 's strong season secures him the Calder trophy making it the second season in the row a Panthers player has captured the top rookie trophy.

4th Season: The Panthers sign Radim Vrbata to replace Alfredsson. He gains instant chemistry with Johnathan Huberdeau and they light up the NHL with the league's best powerplay. Markstrom has a season that goes down in history posting a save percentage greater than .950 and a GAA of 1.51. He captures the his second Calder (), the Vezina, the Jennings, the Hart, and the Lindsay trophies. Huberdeau finishes 4th in NHL scoring despite missing around a dozen games and captures the Lady Byng. The Panthers make significant moves to toughen up the blueline, first trading Winnipeg's 1st and 3rd Round picks to the Leafs for Luke Schenn and Carson McMillan and then trading for Matt Greene in a three way trade with Buffalo and Dallas. The Panthers manage to capture the President's trophy, but are eliminated in the first round by the Washington Capitals. Brian Campbell retires at the end of the season.

5th Season: Without Brian Campbell, the Panthers' powerplay goes from a league best 22% to a league worst 13%. The Panthers manage to capture the fourth spot in the east (2nd overall in the NHL) despite every player posting disappointing numbers. They defeat the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, but lose again to Winnipeg in the second round.

Verdict: Playoff chokers.

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