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  • Penguins take down Panthers in OT, 3-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Kris Letang was taking nothing for granted. Not while he watched as Sidney Crosby slid a pass onto his stick from the far side of the ice. Not even when he spotted an opening on the short side of Florida goalie Roberto Luongo’s net. Luongo, Letang said, is too good of a goalie for him to..." February 07

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers will have 7th sellout of season Sat v #Pens ... Had 5 all of last season. Attendance is up 30% from 11265 to 14620 and counting

  • Florida Panthers continue offensive onslaught against Detroit Red Wings

    Miami Herald "The Florida Panthers have never scored this many goals and it feels like they’ve never beaten so many good teams. Yes, they keep setting them up and knocking them down these days. Detroit is the latest Eastern Conference challenger to get run over by the Panthers’ as Florida jumped to a..." February 05

  • Report: Majority of GMs would approve of play-in game for final playoff seeds

    The Score "First the coach's challenge, now a wild-card play-in game? Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday on NBC that 16-of-28 general managers polled would be in favor of the NHL borrowing another idea, and adopting an MLB-style single elimination play-in game to determine the final wild-card seed in each..." February 04

  • Huberdeau leads Panthers to 5-2 victory over NHL-best Caps for fourth win in a row

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "So much for losing momentum after the five-day All-Star break. In case the hockey world wasn't convinced how talented these Panthers are during the All-Star festivities where Roberto Luongo, Jaromir Jagr and Aaron Ekblad all shined, they got the whole enchilada in a convincing 5-2 victory over..." February 03

  • Jaromir Jagr’s All-Star experience: ‘It was fun, no question about it’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jaromir Jagr may have preferred to stay home heading into the 2016 All-Star Game, but it sure looked like he had a good time. Indeed, instead of seeing the active legend huffing and puffing through that high-speed brand of 3-on-3 hockey, the most common image was Jagr with a huge smile on his..." February 01

  • John Scott, NHL All-Star Game set ratings record for NBCSN

    Yahoo! Sports "There was no doubt that the perfect storm of The John Scott Phenomenon and the NHL’s reinvigorated 3-on-3 All-Star Game format had provided an uptick in attention for the midseason classic. The only question was if that would actually translate into a spike in viewership as well, or if the..." February 01

  • MVP John Scott and new format win praise at NHL All-Star game

    Los Angeles Times "The least likely All-Star was voted the most valuable player of the NHL's first venture into three-on-three play at its midseason showcase, proving that the worst intentions can sometimes have an unimaginably good outcome. A ride that began when enforcer John Scott was jokingly promoted as the..." February 01

  • Subban channels Jagr to win breakaway challenge

    NHL.com "P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens -- with an assist to Jaromir Jagr -- won the Honda Breakaway Challenge at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The winner was decided by fans voting on Twitter. Subban got 31 percent of the vote; narrowly defeating Brent Burns, who wore a Chewbacca mask on his..." January 31

  • NHL players excited for 3-on-3 All-Star Game

    Tennessean "Few cities fully understand and embody the concept of entertainment like Nashville, which is evident by the flair that exudes from every event that it holds. That inherent flavor is why the Predators, who are hosting their first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, wanted to make..." January 30

  • Kovalev, 42, wants to make NHL comeback

    NHL.com "Alex Kovalev, a 19-year NHL veteran who has been been out of the League since 2013, wants to make a comeback, and told Journal de Montreal, "I'd come back right away. If Jaromir Jagr can do it, so can I." Kovalev, who will turn 43 next month, scored 430 goals and had 1,029 points in 1,316 NHL..." January 30

  • Jaromir Jagr is a treasure, and we're all lucky he's still playing in the NHL

    USA Today "Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant has long ago surrendered the idea that soon-to-be 44-year-old Jaromir Jagr needs extra rest to remain fully charged. “He told me early on that he knows his body,” Gallant said at NHL All-Star media day. “He said when he doesn’t want to practice, he doesn’t..." January 30

  • There are barely any good NHL teams and it sucks

    New York Post "Parity? Yes. Good hockey? No. The prevalent idea that permeates down from the NHL offices on Sixth Avenue states having so many teams so closely bunched makes for good entertainment. As the All-Star break has begun, let us clarify that idea: The more teams that have a chance to make the..." January 30

  • Report: Panthers, Canucks potential suitors if Andrew Ladd goes on trading block

    The Score "If the Winnipeg Jets do expose their captain to the open market, it appears as though Andrew Ladd will have suitors. NBC's Darren Dreger reported Wednesday that the Florida Panthers would have interest in the pending free agent, as well as perhaps the Vancouver Canucks. Being an experienced,..." January 28

  • Self-aware NHL all-star John Scott has many in his corner

    Toronto Sun "Midway through the second period, John Scott began to grow antsy. The hulking enforcer, who had been sitting for nearly 15 minutes in a 2-2 game, stood up, shook loose his legs, and looked pleadingly in the direction of the head coach. But it was no use. It was clear Scott’s place was on the..." January 28

  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad is only getting started

    Toronto Sun "His agent is Bobby Orr. His hero is Nicklas Lidstrom. And on Super Bowl Sunday, the kid who plays defence for the Florida Panthers and continues to turn heads will celebrate his 20th birthday. Aaron Ekblad is already a two-time NHL all-star, an NHL difference-maker and, in the words of his..." January 28

  • Luongo ties Esposito on all-time wins list

    The Score "The Florida Panthers are one of the best stories in hockey, and Roberto Luongo is one of the protagonists. The 36-year-old's 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday was of the milestone variety." January 27

  • Barkov ignites three-goal outburst, leads Panthers to 5-1 victory over Leafs

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "In a noon press conference Tuesday, Panthers budding star center Aleksander Barkov officially signed a $35.4 million, six-year contract extension. About eight hours later Barkov showed why the Panthers are making this 20-year-old Russian-Finn a cornerstone building block of a franchise headed..." January 27

  • Majority of coaches remain in favour of challenge concept

    TSN "It's not that NHL coaches don't appreciate having the coach's challenge at their disposal this season for the first time ever... Well, actually, that's not entirely true as six of 27 NHL head coaches polled by TSN don't like the coach's challenge at all and would just as soon see it..." January 27

  • Panthers sign forward Barkov to six-year extension

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers have agreed to a six-year extension with forward Aleksander Barkov, according to a report from George Richards of the Miami Herald. Barkov, 20, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season." January 26

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Panthers agree to six-year extension with Barkov worth $5.9 million AAV per season

  • Mike Babcock wants Jaromir Jagr's autograph: 'He's that good'

    The Score "As the hockey world prepares to focus its attention on Nashville and the upcoming NHL All-Star festivities, Mike Babcock and his Toronto Maple Leafs get set to face the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. One player set to feature in both is Jaromir Jagr, who'll captain the Atlantic Division squad...." January 25

  • How to Fix the NHL’s Coach’s Challenge

    The Hockey Writers "It’s no secret. The NHL’s coach’s challenge has not gone as smoothly as hoped in its inaugural season. It was put into place in order to give teams an option to challenge goals which they thought were not ‘good goals’ as deemed by the NHL rulebook. However, the two times when a coach can..." January 25

  • Canada’s falling dollar could be raising hopes for a Seattle NHL expansion team

    Seattle Times "It turns out the prediction of a January vote by Seattle City Council on a Sodo District arena was not only optimistic, but downright delusional. City Hall sources now indicate a vote to cede Occidental Avenue South for Chris Hansen’s project won’t happen before late March, early April at best...." January 25

  • Escrow went up…again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Escrow has risen from 16 percent to 18 percent, according to multiple reports. No surprise there, given the Canadian dollar’s plunge. With seven of the NHL’s 30 teams in Canada, there was no way league revenues weren’t going to be affected. Some had predicted escrow would go up even..." January 25

  • Panthers knock off Lightning 5-2

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "f this weekend's back-to-back games against last season's Stanley Cup finalists served as a barometer for the Panthers' playoff chances then cue the flying rats. A night after dominating the weary-looking Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Panthers erupted for four second-period goals..." January 24

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    .@68Jagr said he will travel to Nashville for All Star weekend but says he wishes it wasn't so time consuming. Would rather be skating here.

  • Jaromir Jagr to reluctantly participate in NHL All-Star Game

    Sportsnet "If Jaromir Jagr had his way, he would skip the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. The Florida Panthers star was voted captain of the Atlantic Division, but has expressed his desire to get some rest and prepare for the stretch run rather than compete in another All-Star Game — this is the 13th time he has..." January 24

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    Florida Panthers PR @FlaPanthersPR

    #FlaPanthers assign Dylan Olsen to @PortlandPirates. More >> https://t.co/sLHxrkxzhQ

  • Jaromir Jagr still doesn’t want to go to the All-Star game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jaromir Jagr still isn’t crazy about going to the All-Star game. In early December, Jagr pleaded with the fans not to vote him into game, but that didn’t work. He was still voted as one of four division captains (with John Scott, Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin). With the All-Star break less..." January 23

  • Panthers roar to 4-0 victory over Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "he Panthers know something about mental letdowns after reeling off a franchise-long 12-game winning streak. It was just 11 days earlier that the league's longest winning streak this season ended in a 3-2 overtime loss in Vancouver. That was followed by a listless 6-0 thrashing at the hands of..." January 23

  • Florida Panthers Recall Dylan Olsen from Portland (AHL) on Emergency Basis

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that defenseman Dylan Olsen has been recalled from the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates, on an emergency basis. The 25-year old Olsen has played in eight games with Florida..." January 22

  • Return to Panthers revitalizing, perspective-changing for Luongo

    ESPN "It is a glorious, sunny day in the twilight of Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo's career. Or maybe "twilight" isn't quite the right term currently for of one of the game's most successful, highest-profile netminders. Maybe "renaissance" is a better term for this day, this moment, this..." January 21

  • Ekblad ready to return, Huberdeau on drawing penalties

    NHL.com "After missing the past four games with an upper-body injury, defenseman Aaron Ekblad is expected to make his return to Florida’s lineup when the Panthers host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at the BB&T Center. “I feel good now,” said Ekblad, who was cleared to play on Wednesday. “There were a..." January 21

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    The NHL executive committee meeting on expansion is today in NY. No announcement should be made after. #tvasports

  • Hall scores twice in Oilers win over Florida

    Edmonton Sun "The Edmonton Oilers made it harder on themselves than they would have liked, but held on to win. Yet, they also lost. Taylor Hall scored a pair of goals to lead the Oilers to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday, but centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sustained a long term hand..." January 19

  • Kucherov’s two goals lift Lightning to win over Panthers

    Tampa Tribune "Ever since the Lightning and Panthers joined the NHL within a year of each other in the early 1990s, the in-state rivalry between the franchises has primarily been manufactured. Not anymore. The streaking Lightning closed within five points of the Panthers atop the Atlantic Division on..." January 18

  • Ekblad out two more games — including tonight’s grudge match versus Hendricks, Oilers

    Pro Hockey Talk "The stage is set for tonight’s Oilers-Panthers game at BB&T. Yes, it seems weird hyping a Monday nighter between Florida and Edmonton, hardly the fiercest of rivals, but this one is different — today, the Panthers ruled out star defenseman Aaron Ekblad for another two games, as he continues to..." January 18

  • Panthers, Ekblad targeting return for late next week

    The Score "Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad with miss at least another two games as his return is reportedly being targeted for Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. Ekblad has already missed a pair as a result of being brazenly smashed into the..." January 16

  • NHL instates mandatory domestic violence and sexual assault prevention training for teams and players

    SB Nation "The NHL has finally begun to implement domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention training for its players and teams, per a report from the Associated Press. The NHL and NHL Players' Association partnered to ensure all 30 teams would go through "hour-long educational..." January 16

  • Flames rookie Sam Bennett scores four in rout of Panthers

    Calgary Sun "Eighteen games without a goal. Seventeen minutes to complete a hat-trick. To say that Sam Bennett's luck has suddenly changed would be an understatement. The rookie winger finally snapped out of a lengthy scoring funk in his previous outing and didn't wait long to pile up a few more,..." January 14

  • Daniel Sedin's game-winner ties franchise goal mark as Canucks beat Panthers

    Vancouver Sun "It was typical Daniel Sedin, who instead of basking in his accomplishment chose to praise the man whose franchise record he tied Monday night with another game-winning goal. Daniel’s second goal of the night, at 2:21 of overtime, gave the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over..." January 12

  • Ekblad won't play vs. Canucks after being boarded by Oilers' Hendricks

    The Score "The Florida Panthers won't have their Calder Trophy winner in the lineup when they face the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant told reporters that defenseman Aaron Ekblad will not play in the contest, according to Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar. The 19-year-old..." January 11

  • Florida Panthers’ win streak reaches 12 with win over Edmonton Oilers

    Miami Herald "The Florida Panthers extended their historic winning streak to 12 games Sunday after defeating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in a physical affair. Despite a rather lackluster effort by the Panthers, who recorded only two shots in the second period—and 14 overall—the team was able to claw out a..." January 11

  • Vancouver maybe right place at wrong time for Luongo

    Sportsnet "Roberto Luongo is at the other end of the spectrum now. At the other end of a lot of spectrums, actually. Where once he was the No. 1 goalie in a major Canadian market where fans and media fixate on netminders like no other, today he calls Sunrise, Fla., home, playing for the eighth or ninth..." January 11

  • Oilers’ Hendricks faces hearing for ‘clean’ Ekblad hit

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks will have a phone hearing for boarding Monday to discuss a body check he laid on Aaron Ekblad. Hendricks delivered a hard hit on the Florida’s star defenceman during the Panthers’ 2-1 victory in Edmonton Sunday. Because Hendricks’ hearing will be..." January 11

  • Red-hot Florida Panthers beat Senators, win 11th in row

    Miami Herald "Even when things go wrong, they seem to go right for the Panthers lately. A slow start and a performance well below their recent standards didn’t seem to matter Thursday as the Panthers continued to grow the longest winning streak in franchise history, now up to 11 games, following their 3-2..." January 08

  • Blackhawks' Toews tops list of 2015 jersey sales

    The Score "There are a lot of people walking around with Toews on their backs. The Chicago Blackhawks forward had the prestige honor of having the top-selling jersey of 2015. The NHL announced the top sales from the NHL Shop, also revealing teammate Patrick Kane finishing second in sales. Here is the..." January 08

  • Luongo leads Panthers to 10th consecutive win in Buffalo

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "They went on the road Tuesday for the first time in recent memory as the first-place Florida Panthers. While it has a nice ring to it, if a bit of a foreign feeling, the Panthers were determined to maintain perspective as they began a six-game, 13-day trip that will test their suddenly lofty..." January 06

  • Star-studded Central roster highlights All-Star reveal

    NHL.com "The NHL announced the remaining players for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, and several familiar and high-scoring stars will descend upon Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for All-Star Weekend. The host Nashville Predators have three players among the 40 named Wednesday by the NHL's Hockey..." January 06

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