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  • March 18, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

    Despite the fact that theyre coming off the best finish in franchise history (103 points), the Florida Panthers were one of the busiest teams during the offseason. Nike Air Max 1 2020 . Even the team logo is new (and its pretty cool, too).Former general manager Dale Tallon was promoted to president of hockey operations, while Tom Rowe took over as general manager.The Panthers acquired veteran defenseman Keith Yandle from the New York Rangers and then signed him to a seven-year deal worth $44.45 million. Florida also traded defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defensive prospect Mark Pysyk,?and?acquired goaltender Reto Berra from the Colorado Avalanche for center Rocco Grimaldi. The Panthers also signed goalie James Reimer, center Colton Sceviour, center Jonathan Marchessault and defenseman Jason Demers. All these moves should help them build off last seasons success, but it will be interesting to see how all the changes play out in Florida.Best new facesThe additions of Yandle and Demers will bolster the blue line. Yandles presence no doubt will help the power play, too. When it was evident that the Rangers werent going to be able to sign Yandle because of cap constraints, there were plenty of suitors for the veteran blueliner.When they traded for my rights, I knew they wanted me, Yandle said. It was a great feeling for me to be wanted, especially before to get to [free agency] on July 1. I knew once something could get settled, it would be a good fit.Demers registered 23 or more points in each of the past three seasons while playing for the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars?before signing a five-year deal with Florida this summer. Reimer will serve as backup to starter Roberto Luongo. The Panthers gave Reimer a five-year deal worth $17 million.Biggest unknownsJaromir Jagr seems like hes been around forever. The grizzly veteran forward -- who led the team last season with 66 points -- rolls into this season at age 44 but shows no signs of stopping. The future Hall of Famer surpassed Gordie Howe to rank third on the NHLs all-time scoring list when he reached 1,851 points last season. Its likely hell pass?Mark Messier for second on that list soon since Jagr begins the season only 19 points shy of that mark.But how much does Jagr have left in the tank? The game is getting younger and faster each season, and its only a matter of time before it catches up with him. To his credit, he remains in great shape. But he has to slow down at some point, right?Forward Nick Bjugstad, who dealt with an upper-body injury during the playoffs and is now out with a broken hand, is lost to the team for four weeks. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad signed an eight-year extension worth $60 million in July, but then had his World Cup of Hockey experience cut short because of whiplash he suffered while playing for Team North America. How these players react to their injuries once fully recovered will be key.Sure thingsAleksander Barkov, 21, proved during the World Cup while playing for Team Finland that hes set to continue breaking out. During 2015-16, he registered 28 goals and 31 assists for 59 points in 66 games for the Panthers. Entering his fourth season in the NHL, Barkov could be one of the most dynamic players in the league.Teammate Reilly Smith, who signed a five-year extension this summer, had his best overall NHL season in 2015-16. The 25-year-old forward posted 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points in 82 games. Hes become a leader on and off the ice for the Panthers, who once again will rely on his production.?Second-line center Vincent Trocheck, 23, earned himself a six-year contract worth $28.5 million in July. He had 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points in 76 games last season and looked good in the World Cup. Forward Jonathan Huberdeau, 23, posted 20 goals and 39 assists for 59 points in 76 games last season, and the Panthers rewarded him with a six-year deal worth $34.5 million during the summer. Both can be counted on to continue their development this season.PredictionThe Panthers will build on last seasons success, and now that their core of young talent has emerged as bona fide NHLers, they will again earn a postseason berth.?Third in the Atlantic. Nike Air Max 1 2022 . The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. Nike Air Max 1 . Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. SEATTLE -- The Toronto Blue Jays have spent a good part of recent weeks chasing the Boston Red Sox in the American League East standings and the Baltimore Orioles in the AL wild-card race.After Tuesday night, the Blue Jays are beginning to look more like the hunted.Their 10-2 win over Seattle put the Blue Jays atop the wild-card standings and applied a significant blow to the Mariners playoff chances.Toronto (83-68) has won two in a row and suddenly is in better position than it has been in a while.With that early game (Wednesday afternoon), this was a big win tonight, Toronto right fielder Michael Saunders said late Tuesday night. Its going to come earlier than usual, and hopefully we can carry this momentum into (Wednesday).The first order of business is to finish off a sweep of the fading Mariners, who host Toronto in the final game of the three-game series Wednesday.The Blue Jays plan to have starter Aaron Sanchez (13-2) back on the mound after a blister delayed his latest start. Sanchez got roughed up his last time out, but his blister problems appear to be somewhat resolved as he heads into Wednesdays game.The Mariners (79-72) will counter with No. 1 starter Felix Hernandez, who hasnt pitched like an ace this season. Hernandez (11-6) is coming off a forgettable start in the opening game of the Houston series last Friday, and he needs to step up in one of the few big-game starts of his career.Hernandez has never pitchedd in a postseason game, and most of his September starts over his 11-year career have come with the Mariners out of postseason contention. Replica Nike Air Max 1. Seattle is still alive this time around, but the Mariners chances are growing slimmer with each loss. They entered the Toronto series in need of at least two wins, and now the Mariners will just try to salvage one.The good news for Seattle is that Baltimore has also fallen on hard times, so the Mariners are still within striking distance in the wild-card race. The bad news is that two other teams -- Detroit and Houston -- have now passed Seattle and are added obstacles.Its disappointing, no doubt, Seattle manager Scott Servais said after Tuesdays loss, but it is what it is. Weve got to get back to playing good baseball.The Mariners have scored two runs or fewer in five of their past six games, and their offense is running out of gas at a bad time. Tuesday was another example, as Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning but didnt score again the rest of the way.Five games against fellow AL wild-card contenders Toronto and Houston have left the Mariners with a 1-4 record, and Seattle hasnt looked good in the process.Thats kind of been the story of our season, Servais said. Were either really, really good, or we have some ugly nights. ' ' '