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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>NHLfan10506</b></div><div>Okay. Not sure I understand the thinking here. But I'll take your word for it

For where I stand,

1. They have Bob for four more years
2. Knight is RFA next summer
3. Knight is not going to want to burn his age 18-24 years sitting on the bench
4. Panthers have few picks or prospects to make a move
5. Panthers need defense in serious way</div></div>

1. Bob's contract is tough but I'd bet on him not finishing it with Florida. Knight is the one that makes sense to hold on to. Keeping Bob would mean serious goaltending issues down the road.
2. Knight is an RFA with no leverage. That means he isn't going anywhere.
3. How many 21-year-old starters are there in the NHL? I doubt Knight is too disappointed with being a 1B. And he has already at times taken the starter role away from Bob, they play according to their performances.
4. A contender doesn't need picks. And if those picks are acquired just to trade them away, might as well get to the destination faster and get the quality piece. Needing futures is insignificant when you also need a 1st pair dman for years to come.
5. The Panthers do need defense. That's where Hughes comes in. They're built to be good for multiple years and sacrificing even more future for pending UFAs is foolish and bad asseta management.

If the Devils aren't keen on trading a top D-prospect for Knight, someone else could be. But even if that's not the case, the Panthers won't be forced to trade Knight.