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Cats finding their way back

With Roberto Luongo in goal, GM Rick Dudley's job is simple -- build an entire team around him.

Updated: July 26, 2002, 1:57 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

Once upon a time -- way back in 1996 -- the Florida Panthers were third-year expansion darlings who made a stunning trip to the Stanley Cup finals, much to the delight of their plastic rat-throwing fans.

2001-02 by the numbers

Record: 22-44-10-6, 60 points (28th overall, 14th East, 4th Southeast) Goals for: 180/2.20 (27th overall) Goals against: 250/3.01 (27th overall) Differential: -70 (28th overall) 20-goal scorers: Kristian Huselius (23), Pavel Bure* ...

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