Panthers Rumors & News

  • Pouliot scores in NHL debut as Penguins tame Panthers

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Captain Sidney Crosby redirected a puck past goaltender Roberto Luongo for only his third goal in 21 games. He threw his arms in the air. He let out a celebratory scream. Injuries and mumps have taken a toll, but there also have been plenty of reasons for the Penguins to celebrate. One of..." December 21

  • Roberto Luongo keys Panthers' 2-1 shootout victory over Flyers

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers are starting to get the hang of this shootout deal. After stopping a record 15 shots in an epic 20-round shootout win two days earlier, a mere 21 saves in regulation, four in overtime and five more in a six-round shootout was a piece of cake for Panthers goalie Roberto..." December 19

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    Brandon Pirri didn't bag skate this morning and here's the reason: He's in for Brad Boyes (upper body). #FlaPanthers #Flyers

  • Panthers go 20 rounds with Capitals to win longest shootout in NHL history

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "There are certain teams the Florida Panthers have been able to get away with spotting an early lead. That is never a good idea against Washington. When the Capitals score first, they usually win (13-1-2). The Panthers avoided that pitfall, and then endured the longest shootout in NHL history..." December 17

  • Blues recover, pull out 4-2 win over Panthers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Hey, how about this new guy? Martin Brodeur, who makes everyone's short list of the greatest goalies ever, now is also earning a spot on the greatest-guy-to-fill-in-for-a-little-while list. Making his first start at Scottrade Center since the Blues signed him less than a week ago to fill in for..." December 09

  • Bettman: Panthers aren't candidates for relocation

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made the strongest statement possible regarding the Florida Panthers at Tuesday's Board of Governors meetings: The statement comes in the midst of a season wherein the Panthers are averaging only 8,849 fans per game, by far the lowest attendance figures..." December 09

  • Panthers' Luongo passes Belfour on all-time saves list

    The Score "Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo passed a Hall of Famer in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Luongo made 26 saves in the victory, moving into fourth on the NHL all-time saves list ahead of Ed Belfour." December 07

  • Panthers GM apologizes to Sabres owner for pre-game snowstorm video

    Pro Hockey Talk "Terry Pegula, owner of the Buffalo Sabres, was reportedly angry with the Florida Panthers for a video prior to puck drop between the two teams that showed scenes from Buffalo’s recent snowstorm, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. From the Miami Herald: Florida general manager..." December 07

  • Florida Panthers’ patience with center Nick Bjugstad finally paying off

    Miami Herald "It wasn’t so long ago Nick Bjugstad couldn’t buy a goal with an American Express card and a PayPal account. Florida’s second-year center was getting plenty of opportunities yet missed shot after shot. Coach Gerard Gallant noticed the quality chances and kept Bjugstad on a top line despite..." December 06

  • Blue Jackets defeat Panthers, 4-3 in shootout

    The Cannon "If this game was a fish, you'd throw it back. But somehow the Blue Jackets managed an ugly shootout win over the the Panthers, gaining two points in the ledger. At the end of the 1960's, Volkswagen ran a series of ads featuring pictures of the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) and the front..." December 05

  • Longtime NHL enforcer George Parros announces retirement

    CBSSports.com "George Parros, a nine-year NHL veteran that was known mostly for his fighting ability and possessing one of the best mustaches in the sport, announced his retirement from the league on Friday. Parros appeared in 474 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks,..." December 05

  • Trade: Ducks acquire Robak from Florida for Blacker

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks partnered for a flip of young defensemen on Thursday, with the Panthers sending Colby Robak out West in exchange for Jesse Blacker and a conditional draft pick. Robak, 24, is the more vested of the two, having played in 42 career NHL contests (all coming..." December 04

  • Panthers find juice in energetic win over Red Wings

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The lights went out Tuesday morning at Joe Louis Arena. They came back on for the Florida Panthers in the evening as they salvaged the second night of a back-to-back tour through the Midwest with a 4-3 victory against the Red Wings. It took Detroit's Public Lighting Department five hours to..." December 03

  • Blue Jackets breakthrough, edge Panthers 2 - 1

    The Cannon "Monday heralded a new month for the Blue Jackets, who were undeniably glad to see November pass into the ether. Meanwhile, the Florida Panthers, with former Blue Jackets Gerard Gallant and Derek MacKenzie in tow, came into this one with a 9-7-6 record, good for ninth in the Eastern Conference, and..." December 02

  • Panthers assign Ellis, Luongo ready to go

    Pro Hockey Talk "Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo appears recovered from his upper body injury as Florida assigned goaltender Dan Ellis to its’ American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio on Sunday. Luongo was injured midway through the Panthers 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday..." November 30

  • Panthers find way to beat goalie Anderson, Senators

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "A barrage of Panthers shots pummeled Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson and upset the former Florida goalie's traditional tropical comfort level in a 3-2 win on Friday night at the BB&T Center. lRelated Florida Panthers 3, Ottawa Senators 2 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 3, Ottawa..." November 29

  • Montoya saves Panthers after Luongo injured in Panthers 1-0 win over Canes

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Home cooking has been lacking spice for the Florida Panthers so far this season. Few wins. Sparse crowds. Little excitement. The vagabond team that has made a habit of impressing more the farther it gets from home got a much-needed win 1-0 against Carolina at the BB&T Center on..." November 27

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    Dale Tallon says Roberto Luongo arm injury 'not serious' and that he's day to day. Montoya starts Fri v #Sens - Ellis en route #FlaPanthers

  • Panthers trying to trade veterans to make room for young players

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers are trying to make room for young players such as rookie forwards Vincent Trocheck, Rocco Grimaldi and possibly Quinton Howden when he heals, so they’re trying to trade some unnamed veterans, according to a team source. It’s obvious that slumping forward Tomas Fleischmann..." November 26

  • Wild's Jason Zucker caps productive road trip with two more goals in win over Panthers

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Jason Zucker's dad Scott watched from a suite above section 107 as his son scored to give the Wild a lead and then again in the second period to help solidify what ended as a lopsided contest. Scott, like the rest of the fathers and guests on this trip, was wearing the same white sweater as his..." November 25

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    Rocco Grimaldi, who got his first NHL goal in Game No. 7 on Saturday, is being sent back to AHL @sarampage #FlaPanthers

  • Predators escape Panthers in shootout

    Tennessean "Filip Forsberg found a new way to deliver for the Predators. The NHL's rookie scoring leader beat Florida goalie Roberto Luongo for the decisive goal in the fourth round of a shootout, and the Predators beat the Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. "I was thinking maybe a..." November 23

  • Panthers' Nick Bjugstad is riding a wave of scoring success

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It was just over two weeks ago that Panthers second-year center Nick Bjugstad was constantly being asked about the growing pressure of not scoring a goal in the season's first 10 games. Bjugstad talked about visualization and not getting down on himself. Well, now the net must appear more..." November 22

  • Panthers Nick Bjugstad finishes what he starts in 3-2 shootout victory over Sharks

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "pparently the Panthers know the way to San Jose and they know how to beat the Sharks when they get there. No matter how long it takes. Red-hot center Nick Bjugstad finished what he started with two goals, including one just 24 seconds in, and then the game-winning shootout tally to lift the..." November 21

  • L.A. Kings win in Willie Mitchell’s return with the Florida Panthers

    L.A. Daily News "The Kings welcomed former teammate Willie Mitchell back to Staples Center on Tuesday night. They gave him his Stanley Cup championship ring and saluted his short but memorable tenure with the team in a video tribute that played on the giant overhanging scoreboard. They also gave him a reminder..." November 19

  • Two for one: Panthers' Rocco Grimaldi has a day to remember

    Sporting News "How cool is this? Rocco Grimaldi was playing a minor league game in San Antonio on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday night, he was playing an NHL game near his hometown. And his mom watched him play both games. Grimaldi, a 21-year-old forward, got The Call from the parent Panthers during the..." November 19

  • Panthers' Rocco Grimaldi will play in two games on Tuesday

    CBSSports.com "Florida Panthers forward Rocco Grimaldi is going to be a very busy man on Tuesday. Earlier in the day he played for the San Antonio Rampage, the Panthers' AHL affiliate, during a matinee game against the Oklahoma City Barons. He recorded three shots on goal in a 4-3 shootout win. A nice day of..." November 18

  • Bettman calls Panthers relocation speculation ‘unfounded’

    Pro Hockey Talk "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is getting tired of all the speculation about the Florida Panthers moving to Quebec City. “Let me say this the right way,” Bettman told reporters today (video). “I don’t think it’s fair for the speculation on any franchise, including the Panthers, to be that it’s..." November 18

  • Panthers dominate Ducks 6-2

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It may have been the most dominant period put together by a single Panthers’ line in franchise history. Not even the Elias Sports Bureau may be able to track it, but the trio of Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Brad Boyes erupted for four goals in the second period to absolutely crush the..." November 17

  • Isles’ winning streak hits five as they edge Panthers

    New York Post "The Islanders blew a late lead, yet still managed to pull out their fifth straight win. Kyle Okposo scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and the Islanders outlasted the Panthers 4-3 on Friday night. Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome and John Tavares had goals in regulation for the Islanders,..." November 15

  • Panthers coach Gerard Gallant preaches equality among lines

    Fox Sports Florida "When asking Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant about the team's formidable fourth line, don't expect his response to come without candor. "That's not a fourth line," Gallant said adamantly with a smirk after the team's so-called fourth line notched two goals in a 4-1 victory over the..." November 13

  • Inspired Panthers sink Sharks 4-1 to snap three-game skid

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers coach Gerard Gallant has pleaded with his players to go to the net and camp out in the "blue paint,'' or crease area where goals generally occur. Gallant's pregame strategy that also included three line overhauls paid off. But he also received a couple of highlight-reel type goals as..." November 12

  • Florida Panthers’ Colby Robak back in normal defenseman slot

    Miami Herald "For the first time this season, Colby Robak will in the Panthers lineup Tuesday as a defenseman. Robak, filling in for the injured Dmitry Kulikov, has played in two games this season — both times as a left winger. “They had to start working with me on skating backward again,” Robak joked..." November 11

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers send Rocco Grimaldi back to .@sarampage after four games.

  • Flames grinder scores winner in wild one over Panthers

    Calgary Sun "There was a method to the madness. With the score tied late in Saturday’s bizarre matinee and the Calgary Flames anxious to end it before overtime, fourth-line grinder Lance Bouma was tapped on the shoulder. “He’s a guy that goes to the net,” reasoned Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “Look at..." November 09

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers don't expect D Dmitry Kulikov to come back today v #Flames ... Fear a knee injury. Official word to come.

  • Flyers use more secondary scoring to beat Panthers

    CSN Philly "The Flyers wanted to iron out some kinks during this four-game homestand. Two wins into it, it appears they are doing just that. Thursday’s 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at Wells Fargo Center saw them get some secondary scoring -- from their fourth line again -- and also saw a very..." November 07

  • Panthers working lots of overtime but it's not paying off

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Simply by signing Jussi Jokinen to go along with Brad Boyes, the Panthers were confident that they would continue last year's trend of faring better in shootout sessions. Unfortunately for the Panthers, despite needing overtime in five of their first 10 games — all coming on the road — they've..." November 06

  • Bruins outduel Panthers in overtime, 2-1

    CSN New England "It’s going to be a grind for the Boston Bruins with so many players missing from their lineup, and that’s exactly what they got against the Florida Panthers. The Bruins ultimately prevailed when Brad Marchand finally cashed in on a handful of chances over the course of the evening, and..." November 05

  • Roberto Luongo and injury-racked Panthers down Flyers 2-1

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "If there was any doubt that Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad wasn't going back to juniors after his ninth game Saturday, he erased it by making his first NHL goal the game winner to secure a 2-1 victory over the Flyers at the BB&T Center. "It was great. We had to make the decision. If he..." November 02

  • Scottie Upshall's third-period goal lifts Panthers to 2-1 victory over Coyotes

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers coach Gerard Gallant held an optional morning skate Thursday but the only player to take off was veteran forward Scottie Upshall, prompting goalie Roberto Luongo to jokingly rename the game-day ritual, "the Upshall-nal.'' Well, Upshall may not participate in another optional skate this..." October 31

  • Panthers await production from centers Bjugstad, Barkov

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "To say that goals have been tough to come by for the Florida Panthers is like pointing out that ice is cold. They have scored more than one goal in only two of their first seven games. It’s not surprising the Panthers have the fewest goals in the NHL, 10, considering their top two centers..." October 30

  • Panthers killing themselves with penalties

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers' progress so far this season is measurable and encouraging. It is tempered by some bad and ugly elements of their game. The good is best exemplified in greatly improved defensive play. After giving up the second-most goals in the NHL last year, the Panthers have become one..." October 29

  • Tallon thinks Ekblad has goods to stick with Panthers

    NHL.com "It appears Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad, the first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has done more than enough to prove he belongs in the NHL. "Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told NHL.com. "I've been very impressed..." October 29

  • Coyotes win 2-1 in OT over the Florida Panthers

    Arizona Republic "Coyotes center Justin Hodgman had played in a growing list of leagues except the one he wanted most: the National Hockey League. He starred in the now-defunct International Hockey League, saw days in the East Coast Hockey League and even had a tour overseas in Finland and Russia. But once he..." October 26

  • 'Killer Bs' line showing their sting again

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers coach Gerard Gallant doesn't come off as a science buff, yet his constant search for the proper chemistry among his four lines resulted in a formula for offensive success late Tuesday night in the Pepsi Center. After two days of practice in Denver, Gallant reshuffled two lines, and..." October 23

  • Panthers pull out thrilling 4-3 OT win over Avalanche

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Perhaps the Florida Panthers should never come home. The Panthers, seemingly growing more confident and cohesive during every game on this weird nine-day, four-game road trip, received three goals from the reunited Killer Bs line, but needed an overtime goal by Brad Boyes to secure a wild 4-3..." October 22

  • Capitals top Panthers in shootout win

    CSN Washington "Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored on the Capitals’ first three attempts of the shootout and goaltender Justin Peters turned aside 20 of 21 shots through 65 minutes, along with a big stop on Jussi Jokinen in the shootout, to give the Caps their second straight..." October 19

  • Panthers and Roberto Luongo blank Sabres 1-0 for first win of season

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers finally listened to coach Gerard Gallant's pleadings and fired the puck at the opposing net all night. Although only one puck went in, Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made it stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Friday night at First Niagara Center, giving them their..." October 18

  • Ryan Whitney's Sochi wish gets Monkey Pawed

    Sporting News "Halloween is in a couple weeks. Let's get in the spirit of things by reading "The Monkey's Paw: Ryan Whitney Edition." Sometimes wishes go wrong, you see. Whitney, 31, signed a one-year deal with Sochi HC of the KHL. He'd played seven games with the Florida Panthers last season and spent..." October 16