No rush to reach cap floor 

July, 3, 2012

Versteeg/FleischmannJoel Auerbach/Getty ImagesThe Panthers acquired some pricey contracts in order to reach the cap floor last summer.
Last year at this time, the Florida Panthers had wrapped up a shopping spree that invested millions in players such as Ed Jovanovski, Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, Jose Theodore and Marcel Goc.

It was a crucial moment in the franchise's history because it marked the moment Dale Tallon stopped stripping down the NHL roster and started rebuilding it. It also gave the Panthers professional players ready to fill spots while their younger players developed within the organization. Without it, they don't win the Southeast Division this past season.