Panthers Rumors & News

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Gionta paces Sabres in 1,000th game

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Brian Gionta celebrated his 1,000th career NHL game in style. After being honored in a pregame ceremony, the Sabres captain went out and scored the game-winning goal in Buffalo's 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night. "It was an emotional night," Gionta..." March 27

  • Panthers coach Tom Rowe wishes he didn’t play Aaron Ekblad this week

    Pro Hockey Talk "A miserable season for the Florida Panthers got a little bit worse earlier this month when defenseman Aaron Ekblad was sidelined with another concussion on what coach and general manager Tom Rowe called “a real cheap shot from behind.” After missing a few games, he was cleared to play by the..." March 25

  • Panthers rout Blackhawks 7-0

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Panthers center Jonathan Marchessault had a brief moment of doubt, maybe his only one of the night. When he scored his third goal on Saturday night, completing a natural hat trick in Florida's 7-0 rout over the first-place Chicago Blackhawks at the BB&T Center, he didn't see..." March 25

  • Panthers didn’t want to trade Crouse, but Bolland contract was ‘strangling’ them

    Miami Herald "Rookie forward Lawson Crouse, the 12th overall pick by the Panthers in the 2015 draft held in Sunrise, also made his BB&T on-ice debut Thursday. Florida traded Crouse to the Coyotes last summer as part of a salary cap dump; Arizona took on the final three years and $16.5-million of Dave..." March 24

  • Marchessault's outburst lifts Panthers past Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Speed defines Jonathan Marchessault. He is fast and, on Thursday night, he scored fast -- twice in 26 seconds -- breaking a tie and leading the Florida Panthers past the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 at BB&T Center. "He gave us a huge boost," Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said..." March 23

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Panthers' Ekblad out with neck injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to multiple reports on Twitter including George Richards of the Miami Herald, Aaron Ekblad will be out for the Florida Panthers again after waking up with a sore neck. The injury is apparently unrelated to his most recent concussion. After returning for just one game earlier this..." March 23

  • Hurricanes making late push with comeback victory

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Maybe it's too late for the Carolina Hurricanes. Maybe they had too far to come and too many teams to climb over in an effort to make the playoffs. If that turns out to be true, at least the Hurricanes are making it interesting, getting what proved to be the game-tying..." March 21

  • Bettman: 'Assume' NHL not going to Olympics

    TSN "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman is advising fans to brace for the 2018 Winter Olympics to take place without NHL players in Pyeongchang. Speaking to Reuters in New York on Tuesday at the Sports Business Summit, Bettman said “people should assume” the NHL is not going to play in..." March 21

  • Ekblad set to return after missing 4 games with concussion

    Miami Herald "Aaron Ekblad will return to the Florida Panthers lineup on Tuesday night after missing the previous four games with a concussion. If it was up to Ekblad, coach Tom Rowe said, he would have only missed three. Ekblad, 21, returned to skating last week and said he felt so good he tried to hop..." March 21

  • Crosby's hat trick powers Penguins past Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has seen Sidney Crosby's entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins up close as his teammate. Rookie Jake Guentzel has transitioned from being a Crosby fan to recently being the star center's linemate. So, each had a particular appreciation for..." March 19

  • Jaromir Jagr passes Gordie Howe for points after 40 "Jaromir Jagr had two assists Friday to pass Gordie Howe with his 269th NHL point after turning 40, most in history. "I'm going to pass him for the most points after 50," Jagr said. "That's what I'm looking for." Jagr, who turned 45 on Feb. 15, assisted on goals by Jonathan Huberdeau and..." March 18

  • Barkov powers Panthers past Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- It was as bad a start as the Florida Panthers could have imagined; but at the end of the night, they found a way to bank a crucial two points with an exciting 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Rangers Friday at Madison Square Garden. Playing on a second consecutive night..." March 17

  • Blue Jackets edge Panthers, move into 2nd in Metro

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- John Tortorella has said the bridge to cross this season for the Columbus Blue Jackets was to expect to win. Now he's working to let his players handle the adversity that comes in late-season and playoff games. When the Blue Jackets were scoreless and down a goal well into..." March 16

  • Panthers pound Leafs, end five-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- The last time the Florida Panthers scored seven goals, it started a five-game win streak. The Panthers, who routed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-2 on Tuesday night at the BB&T Center, are hoping the same thing happens now as they fight for their playoff lives. Jonathan..." March 14

  • Panthers' Ekblad to miss 7-10 days with concussion

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Florida Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said both defenseman Aaron Ekblad and forward Denis Malgin are expected to be out for 7-10 days after they suffered concussions during Saturday’s 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay. Ekblad exited Saturday’s game early in the second period after absorbing a high hit by..." March 13

  • Aaron Ekblad suffers third concussion of his young career

    TSN "Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad left Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period with a concussion. Ekblad was hit in the corner by Lightning centre , with his head appearing to hit the glass. Ekblad headed to the dressing room after the hit and head coach Tom..." March 12

  • Palat nets winner as Lightning slip past Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Ondrej Palat scored in the final minutes and the Tampa Bay Lightning continued to charge up the Eastern Conference standings. Palat tipped in an Andrej Sustr shot with 2:23 left to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night to complete a comeback..." March 11

  • Marchessault: Panthers' season has been a disappointment

    Miami Herald "There was a lot to like for the Florida Panthers on Friday night, although there was plenty of concern as well. Despite taking the lead in the third, Florida’s defensive deficiencies led to yet another loss as the Minnesota Wild escaped Sunrise with a 7-4 victory. Florida’s losses are piling..." March 11

  • Parise, Wild too strong for reeling Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Minnesota Wild felt they had to win this game. With two straight losses and just one win in their past four games ... and with road tests at the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals in their next two stops, there was a sense of desperation. Good thing the..." March 10

  • Colin Campbell ‘nervous’ as unchanged offsides rule looms ahead of playoffs

    Sportsnet "Colin Campbell refers to it as Mike Murphy’s Law. A nod to his right-hand man, yes, but also the NHL’s penchant for finding itself in some kind of rules quagmire at the most important time of year. Consider it a by-product of a game played with a bouncing piece of rubber on ice. "We always..." March 08

  • Rangers rev up attack in 5-2 win over Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Henrik Lundqvist tied a season-high with 43 saves and set a career milestone, but the "Broadway Hat," awarded by New York Rangers players to their star of the game, went to a guy who played just his second NHL game of the season. That would be 33-year-old enforcer Tanner..." March 07

  • NHL Will Not Change Definition Of Off-Side

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though it was discussed heavily at the GM Meetings this week in Boca Raton, Florida, the NHL will not change the off-side rule according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. The idea theorized was that the player wouldn’t need to have his skate blade on the ice to be considered on-side, just breaking the..." March 07

  • Olli Jokinen retires with Panthers

    TSN "The Florida Panthers all-time leading scorer Olli Jokinen signed an honourary contract Tuesday to retire with the team. The Panthers will honour Jokinen during the team's meeting with the New York Rangers Tuesday night. "Olli is an important player in the history of the Panthers franchise..." March 07

  • Tom Rowe called out Reilly Smith after Panthers’ latest loss

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers lost another tough one on Saturday night when John Klingberg scored a game-winning goal for the Dallas Stars with just a little more than a minute to play in regulation to send the Panthers to their fourth loss in the past five games. Given the Panthers’ position in the..." March 05

  • Klingberg's goal sends Stars past Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla.-- The Dallas Stars used a lucky bounce at the end and some great goaltending to break their six-game road losing streak. Goalie Kari Lehtonen made a season-high 41 saves and John Klingberg scored with 1:07 left in regulation to lead the Stars to a 2-1 win over the Florida..." March 04

  • Luongo out at least a week with lower-body injury

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers acquired veteran forward Thomas Vanek to fortify the power play, but also for his shootout skills. However, Vanek never got a turn. In a wide-open, hard-hitting affair more suited for a shooting gallery, but with the feel of a playoff game in which the teams combined for 89..." March 03

  • Flyers slip past Panthers in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA - The Flyers sent a message to their fan base and, perhaps more importantly, to their players on Wednesday when they acquired veteran center Valtteri Filppula from the Tampa Bay Lightning. In his first game in Philadelphia on Thursday night, the 32-year-old scored with 9:22..." March 02

  • Lightning, Panthers swap minor-league goalies

    Sportsnet "The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded goaltender Adam Wilcox to the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Mike McKenna. Wilcox, 24, has a 2.87 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in 34 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL this season." March 01

  • Why Thomas Vanek was traded for such a small return

    Sportsnet "Thomas Vanek was a reclamation project when the Detroit Red Wings signed him this summer and with 38 points in 48 games he’s worked out splendidly. But with Detroit out of the playoff race and Vanek bound for unrestricted free agency, it was not surprising to see the 33-year-old winger move at..." March 01

  • Red Wings trade Thomas Vanek to Panthers

    Sportsnet "The Detroit Red Wings have traded forward Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the deal sees defenceman Dylan McIlrath sent to Detroit in addition to a third round draft pick in 2017. Detroit will also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6-million..." March 01

  • Luongo, Panthers stop Hurricanes in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Aleksander Barkov's shootout attempt seemed to take forever. He skated way out to the right, came back center and stick-handled about 20 times before pulling Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward out of position and tapping in the puck on the open right side. The..." February 28

  • Senators find their way past Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Reilly Smith missed an easy chance for a goal, indicative of the kind of night it was for the Florida Panthers. On the other side, Erik Karlsson produced two assists and Kyle Turris scored the go-ahead goal as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Panthers 2-1 on Sunday night at..." February 26

  • Luongo: Reimer is starting because 'I don’t deserve to be playing'

    Miami Herald "James Reimer will start in net for the Florida Panthers Sunday in a game against the Ottawa Senators which carries huge playoff implications. That, Roberto Luongo says, is how it should be. Luongo, the Panthers’ starting goalie since he was reacquired from the Vancouver Canucks at the tail..." February 26

  • Johnson, Flames hand Panthers third straight home loss

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Thanks to solid goaltending, this is becoming a marvelous road trip for the Calgary Flames. But for the Florida Panthers, this has the makings of a miserable string of home games. Chad Johnson made 36 saves, and Matt Tkachuk dished out two assists to lead Calgary to a..." February 24

  • 10 NHL teams that could make a splash at the trade deadline

    Fox Sports "The NHL's March 1 trade deadline is quickly approaching, which means rumors and speculation surrounding possible moves will be flying. With quite a lot of parity across the league, several bubble teams are facing some tough decisions surrounding whether to buy or sell. We've already..." February 23

  • Russell's 3rd-period goal pushes Oilers past Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Center Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers' 20-year-old superstar who was playing his first career game at the BB&T Center, had been held without a point. But then McDavid picked up the secondary assist on defenseman Kris Russell go-ahead goal as Edmonton ended the Florida..." February 22

  • Late goal at St. Louis seals Panthers' 5-0 trip

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The Florida Panthers went to overtime 20 times in their first 57 games this season, and in the closing seconds of the third period Monday night, it certainly appeared they were headed there again. Vincent Trocheck made certain that didn't happen. The Florida center got a..." February 20

  • Barkov, Huberdeau help Panthers win fourth straight

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES --With Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau returning to a struggling lineup, the Florida Panthers could prove to be a very dangerous postseason opponent. The young centers' performance against the Los Angeles Kings continued their late season run up the Eastern Conference..." February 19

  • Panthers looking for offensive help "Florida is healthy, rolling and looking to buy. The Panthers won their third game in a row and sixth in their past seven by defeating the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Friday at Honda Center. The victory brought the Panthers to within two points of the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic..." February 19

  • Jagr scores 760th career goal; Panthers down Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jaromir Jagr reached another milestone on Friday night and the Florida Panthers continued terrorizing Western Conference contenders. Jagr collected his 760th career goal as the Panthers scored three times in less than six minutes during the second period in a 4-1 victory..." February 18

  • Panthers need OT to earn 6-5 win over Sharks

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Florida's ageless Jaromir Jagr was just as happy to have his familiar linemates back as he was about collecting career point No. 1,900 during the Panthers' wild 6-5 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. Jagr's milestone point, which came on a primary assist..." February 16

  • Panthers' Rowe: Huberdeau 'a lot better than I thought he was'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson said recently that Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau would have to get used to the, "new normal," and that, he would "never be the same again," after sustaining a torn Achilles' tendon as the two-time Norris Trophy winner did during the 2012-13..." February 14

  • Trocheck leads balanced Panthers attack over Predators

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Bedeviled by injuries and a dropoff in some individual performances, the Florida Panthers entered Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators ranked only 26th in the NHL in scoring. But center Vincent Trocheck said the Panthers now bear little resemblance to the team..." February 11

  • Panthers to auction off Jose Fernandez jerseys

    12 Up "Something tells me the South Florida community will never run out of ways to honor the dearly departed Jose Fernandez. Fernandez's whip crack of a fastball may have disappeared from the Marlins mound, but fans and athletes alike will never let his legacy evaporate. And, at Marlins Night..." February 10

  • Carter scores 2 as Kings rout Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Los Angeles Kings are back in black. They wore back while the Panthers had white jerseys at home for the first time in years. But it was much more than jerseys -- it was about the Kings? offense getting back on the positive side of the ledger after a mini-slump...." February 09

  • Keith Yandle fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment "Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today. NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and..." February 09

  • Tom Rowe will coach Florida Panthers through end of season — and maybe longer

    Miami Herald "When Claude Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins earlier this week, his name was immediately attached to the Florida Panthers. Tom Rowe made it clear Thursday he intends to remain behind the Florida bench at least for the foreseeable future. When asked if he enjoyed coaching and wanted to..." February 09

  • NHL Players To Rate Ice Conditions

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL is finally doing something to remedy the increased complaints of bad ice surfaces around the league. According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the NHL and NHLPA are creating a subcommittee to monitor and address poor ice issues. The subcommittee—called the Playing Environment..." February 07