The Florida Panthers finally got their man, signing Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to an insanely big deal. The contract will keep Bobrovsky in Sunrise, Florida for the next seven years with an annual salary cap hit of $10 million.
The two-time Vezina Trophy winner has made it clear since signing with Florida that his intent was to win a Stanley Cup. Despite his long list of accomplishments in the NHL, Bobrovsky has never gotten a chance at lifting Lord Stanley. Although the Panthers have plenty more potential with the signing of Bob, they still aren't exactly favored to win the cup by any means.
Although there's no doubt that Bobrovsky wants to win a Stanley Cup, it surely can't be the only reason he chose Florida. With $10 million coming his way each year for the next seven years, the money probably had plenty of effect on his final decision.
Florida has set themselves up nicely to make a Stanley Cup run next season. After Roberto Luongo announced his retirement, the Panthers' goaltending vacancy was one of the few things that stood between their roster and becoming a legitimate contender.
Bobrovsky's deal with the Panthers takes care of their goaltending concerns for the next seven years. However, with a brand new head coach and goaltender, they'll certainly have some adjusting to do.
After barely missing the playoffs last season, the Panthers are set to become real contenders in the Eastern Conference with 'Bob' between the pipes. We're going to guess the Benjamins played a significant role in his decision-making, however.