The Panthers have had moderate success in recent years but they’re a historically bad franchise. One problem is that hockey isn’t a popular sport in Florida. Meanwhile, the Rays have been the best team in the AL East. They’ve been everything that the Panthers haven’t.
Eventually, the NHL must intervene and accept that the Panthers will never be a success. There isn’t room for two teams in the Sunshine State. Sadly, they exist and the likes of the Hartford Whalers don’t. Sports should be for fans but sadly, that’s not always the case (via Stadium Talk).