Bouwmeester likely the latest to bid farewell to Florida

It appears another core piece of an already floundering franchise is going to leave for greener pastures. Barring a miracle, this is likely the last season Jay Bouwmeester will be donning a Florida Panthers uniform.

Updated: July 29, 2008, 4:50 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

After losing their franchise goalie in one of the most foolish trades of all time two summers ago, the Florida Panthers now face the prospect of losing their franchise defenseman in Jay Bouwmeester, who refused to sign a long-term deal and can now become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2008-09 season.

And the hits just keep on coming in South Florida.

A team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2000 and hasn't won a playoff round since its inexplicable ...

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