Panthers Rumors & News

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Panthers auditioning scorers to add punch to Bjugstad's line

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Young Florida Panthers forward Jared McCann was in the middle of a shooting drill when he first saw Nick Bjugstad step on the ice. At 6 feet 6, Bjugstad has a commanding presence on skates. McCann had another reason to pause and watch his new teammate: the 20-year-old is competing for a spot on..." September 25

  • Gallant: Ekblad had scare with concussion but everything looks good

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers coach Gerard Gallant returns from World Cup tournament and discussion hopes for the season. Says star Aaron Ekblad seems fine after injury scare at Cup tournement." September 25

  • Jaromir Jagr, Roberto Luongo ready for another year in the sun

    Miami Herald "Jaromir Jagr and Roberto Luongo didn't have their typical summer of work. While Jagr probably didn't do as much as he has been accustomed to off the ice, Luongo did more than ever as he worked his way back from hip surgery. Both veteran players reported to Florida Panthers training camp on..." September 22

  • Aaron Ekblad to return to Florida after suffering neck injury

    Sportsnet "Florida Panthers defenceman Aaron Ekblad is reportedly leaving the World Cup of Hockey tournament to return to Florida where he will be evaluated by team doctors." September 20

  • Aaron Ekblad suffers concussion

    Miami Herald "Aaron Ekblad was going to miss the start of Florida Panthers training camp, everyone already knew that. The Panthers just hope their rising star just doesn’t miss much more than that. Ekblad, the 20-year-old defenseman who signed the richest deal in franchise history this summer, suffered..." September 20

  • Panthers opting for skill over size when selecting wingmen

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "When Florida Panthers fans checked out the organization's top prospects in Saturday's rookie game against the Nashville Predators in the IceDen, they probably thought they were watching the Jr. Panthers because of the lack of size among the forwards. Ten of the 12 young Panthers forwards are..." September 18

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Panthers hire Patrik Hall as Swedish scout

    Today's Slapshot "25-year-old former Swedish defenseman Patrik Hall never made his way to North America to play hockey. Now, though, the Florida Panthers of the NHL’s Atlantic Division have brought him over in a front office role. It was reported via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that Hall, who has served as..." September 14

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Panthers committing dollars to core

    NHL.com "There was a time not so long ago when general manager Dale Tallon was more or less forced to give up proven players because of the Florida Panthers' financial limitations. It's the opposite these days as Tallon, now in the role of president of hockey operations, watches the Panthers give..." September 10

  • Panthers sign Jonathan Huberdeau to 6-year, $35.4M extension

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers extended Jonathan Huberdeau Tuesday to a six-year, $35.4-million contract. The AAV is $5.9 million. Huberdeau, 23, has one year remaining on his previous deal worth $3.25 million. According to General Fanager, the Panthers have over $60 million committed to their roster..." September 07

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Monahan out of World Cup with back injury, Trocheck named as replacement

    The Hockey Writers "Yet another star has dropped out of this month’s World Cup of Hockey with an injury. On Friday, it was announced that Calgary Flames’ forward Sean Monahan would be sitting for Team North America thanks to a back injury and would be replaced by Florida’s Vincent Trocheck. The injury, according..." September 03

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • Coyotes GM: Bolland ‘won’t be ready to play for the foreseeable future’ due to injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Arizona Coyotes fans anticipating Dave Bolland‘s debut for his new team will have to wait, and a long time, too, by the sounds of it. On Thursday, the Florida Panthers traded the 30-year-old Bolland and prospect Lawson Crouse to the Coyotes in exchange for draft picks. Bolland, who has an..." August 25

  • Panthers trade Bolland, Crouse to Coyotes for two draft picks

    Sportsnet "Thursday morning, the Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes made a surprising trade. Florida sent Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse, the 11th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, to the Coyotes for a second and third round pick. The trade allows Florida to shed Bolland’s $5.5 million salary cap hit..." August 25

  • On ice after surgery, Roberto Luongo aims for Florida Panthers opener

    Miami Herald "Roberto Luongo is usually one of the first NHL players to return to the ice in the heat of summer but this August was much different for the Florida Panthers goalie. Luongo, 37, has to undergo surgery in May for a hip injury that bothered him throughout last season. After a month on..." August 24

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Keith Yandle ready to get down to work with Florida Panthers

    Miami Herald "Keith Yandle is getting a head start on his new life in South Florida. Not only did Yandle find digs near Fort Lauderdale beach for his family, but his 5-year-old is enrolled and ready to start school next week. On the professional side of things, Yandle is back on the ice readying for a new..." August 19

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • Leafs, Devils, Pens, Isles Get First Jimmy Vesey Meetings, Columbus in Mix

    The Hockey Writers "At 12:01am Tuesday, Harvard standout Jimmy Vesey (along with a handful of other former collegiate skaters) became a free agent. While Vesey isn’t going to change a team’s fortunes, he’s a talented player who can improve a forward group. Importantly, acquiring the 23-year-old won’t cost anything..." August 16

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Panthers, Red Wings, Devils among other teams Radulov negotiated with

    The Score "It turns out Alexander Radulov was a highly sought-after commodity prior to signing with the Montreal Canadiens this offseason. The Russian forward spoke to sport-express.ru, according to Igor Eronko, where he explained that the Canadiens were not the only club vying for his services. "The..." August 15

  • Gudbranson and Kulikov ready to move on after Florida Panthers overhaul

    Miami Herald "The Florida Panthers will have a much different looking defensive unit next season with three who started in their opening round playoff series against the Islanders elsewhere. Two of them, however, are still in town. Dmitry Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson remain in South Florida, spending their..." August 13

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Lawson Crouse playing leading role for Canada

    NHL.com "Canada forward Lawson Crouse has seen the highs and the lows at the IIHF World Junior Championship. The Florida Panthers prospect is hoping to ride that high one more time at the 2017 WJC. Crouse is one of eight returning players for Canada taking part in the USA Hockey National Junior..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Tallon still has final say as Panthers' president of hockey operations

    The Score "Dale Tallon is anything but a forgotten man in Florida. Promoted to the role of president of hockey operations after a successful stint as general manager of the Florida Panthers, Tallon is embracing the new role while also retaining the privilege of final say, he told 560 WQAM Radio on..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Jayce Hawryluk hopes to bring agitating, hitting and scoring to Panthers

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Unless your name is Brad Marchand, it's not often that an undersized forward leads his team in goals and penalty minutes. But that's exactly what Florida Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk did last year for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League in Canada. So it's no secret that..." July 26

  • Panthers sign Malgin to entry-level deal

    The Score "The Florida Panthers signed forward Denis Malgin to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. Malgin was the club's fourth-round pick in 2015, taken 102nd overall." July 25

  • Florida Panthers Re-Sign Defenseman Jonathan Racine

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have re-signed defenseman Jonathan Racine to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The 23-year old Racine recorded nine points (1-8-9) in 69 games..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Blackhawks glad to have Brian Campbell back in the fold

    CSN Chicago "Patrick Kane could always appreciate the puck-moving defenseman, a big fan of Johnny Oduya during his few seasons here. So naturally he was thrilled to see Brian Campbell back in the Blackhawks’ fold. “What an amazing pickup,” Kane said prior to the Blackhawks’ convention kickoff on Friday..." July 16

  • Sounds like Jared McCann has beefed up as he looks to make Panthers

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was evident throughout his rookie campaign with the Vancouver Canucks. As skilled as Jared McCann is, he just wasn’t physically ready to compete as a 19-year-old center in the Pacific Division. He admitted as much toward the end of last season — “I know that I have to get bigger and..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Florida Panthers Sign Forward Derek MacKenzie to a Two-Year Extension

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced today that the Panthers have signed forward Derek MacKenzie to a two-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “Derek is a leader on our team and a true professional,” said Rowe. “His experience,..." July 06

  • With Reimer signed, Panthers won’t rush Luongo back after hip surgery

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers apparently weren’t comfortable with Reto Berra as Roberto Luongo’s backup this season, as they signed James Reimer to a five-year deal worth a reported $17 million just as free agency opened at noon Friday. Panthers general manager Tom Rowe said that Luongo, who underwent hip..." July 04

  • Panthers riding impressive offseason after front-office shake-up

    The Score "The Florida Panthers are winning the summer after many wondered what they were doing in the spring. Owner Vincent Viola raised eyebrows when he overhauled the front office after a historically successful campaign, but the restructured staff is putting its stamp on the offseason. Florida made..." July 03

  • Panthers sign Reilly Smith to five-year contract extension

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers signed forward Reilly Smith to a five-year contract extension Sunday, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. " July 03