This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16
Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16
Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15
NHL.com "Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been fined $5,000 for elbowing Columbus Blue Jackets forward Corey Tropp in NHL Game No. 1216 in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday, April 12, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 16:26 of the..." April 14
Miami Herald "Nick Bjugstad ends the year as Florida's leading scorer with 38 points -- the lowest point total to ever lead an NHL team following a full 82-game schedule. Scott Pellerin led the expansion Minnesota Wild with 39 points in 2000-01 despite ending the season with the Carolina Hurricanes. "I..." April 13
NJD places T. Sestito and FLA places C.Robak on Waivers.
Columbus Dispatch "Ryan Johansen dropped to one knee early in the third period last night, launching a highlight-reel goal that shot the Blue Jackets past the Florida Panthers and into a first-round Stanley Cup playoffs matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins. A 3-2 win before 14,241 at the BB&T Center locked the..." April 13
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "As the Panthers finish off another disappointing season Saturday night against the playoff-bound Columbus Blue Jackets, the players know that many of their teammates won't be back. Veteran forward Krys Barch, one of 10 unrestricted or restricted free agents on the team, hopes he's among the..." April 12
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "With both the Panthers and Maple Leafs headed for an early vacation next week, Thursday's matchup was virtually meaningless, other than draft position. Tell that to rookie center Brandon Pirri, a Toronto native, who continued to pass his auditions for a future role on the Panthers when he..." April 11
CSN Philly "They had been beaten up 4-1 by the Penguins a few days earlier. A few days later, on Oct. 21 at its practice site in Voorhees, N.J., team captain Claude Giroux boldly predicted the Flyers would make the playoffs. They were 1-7 at the time, having fired coach Peter Laviolette and replaced him..." April 09
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "So much has transpired between the Panthers' season-opening 4-2 victory in Dallas to their rematch on Sunday. Unfortunately for these mostly unrecognizable, young Panthers, most of it has been bad. However, despite their 15th-place status in the Eastern Conference, the Panthers have shown the..." April 07
Calgary Sun "Kenny Agostino not only gets to return home to New Jersey as a full-fledged NHLer but he has some precious cargo in his hands. Agostino, the Yale University product who was acquired in the Jarome Iginla trade late last year and joined the Calgary Flames a couple of weeks ago, collected his..." April 05
New York Post "So it’s that time of year again when Islanders’ games don’t mean anything and so, in turn, they start playing well. Though ‘well’ was a relative term Tuesday night at the Coliseum, when they thumped the absolutely atrocious Panthers, 4-2, making the Isles 5-1-1 in their past seven — and still..." April 02
New York Post "It’s hard to think this may be the final time Martin Brodeur plays for the Devils, but if it were … goodness, the indignity. With 6:35 gone by in the second period on Monday night, Brodeur fell over his own feet as the puck trickled through his legs and over the goal line, boos reigning down from..." April 01
#FlaPanthers coach Peter Horachek says Roberto Luongo not going on two-game Newark/Long Island road trip. Will be fine for final 5 games.
Montreal Gazette "Max Pacioretty established a career high with his 34th and 35th goals of the season to lead the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday at the BB&T Center. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Canadiens, who maintained their tenuous hold on second place in the Atlantic..." March 30
TSN.ca "Roberto Luongo will not be in the lineup on Saturday night when the Florida Panthers host the Montreal Canadiens. Luongo left Thursday's game against the Carolina after the first period with an upper body injury sustained in a collision with Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak." March 28
Edmonton Journal "Matt Hendricks pointed to the interior of his right foot, where he had once been struck by a puck that left him with a broken bone, and declared: “two screws.” There have been other cracks caused by unyielding pucks, continued the Edmonton Oilers gritty winger during a discussion about exterior..." March 28
Canes Country "Jiri Tlusty scores twice and Anton Khudobin earns first shutout as a Hurricane The Carolina Hurricanes had a much better beginning to this game as they took a 1-0 lead in the first period and went on to defeat the Florida Panthers, 3-0 on Thursday night in Sunrise. Anton Khudobin made 35..." March 28
Miami Herald "The past two seasons have brought plenty of strange injuries for Erik Gudbranson. Last year he busted up his shoulder while wakeboarding, then reinjured it at the end of a lockout-shortened season. This year, Gudbranson took a puck to the face and needed surgery to repair his orbital bone...." March 27
Miami Herald "The Panthers front office was shook up a little Tuesday as assistant general manager Mike Santos was told he wouldn’t be returning next season. General manager Dale Tallon said before Florida’s 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Senators that Santos, his assistant GM since 2010, would not have..." March 26
Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers decided to fire assistant GM Mike Santos on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald’s George Richards. The Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the same. The team hasn’t made that official yet, however. Richards reports that the Panthers said Santos’ firing won’t affect interim head..." March 25
#FlaPanthers AGM Mike Santos says no negotiations started with D Dmitry Kulikov, denies any offer on the table.
Los Angeles Times "Even a hugely talented class needs a scolding every so often. Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau watched his team slipping, turning a potential blowout against an Eastern Conference minnow into a fast-and-loose game. Fine for pond hockey but not an NHL stretch run. Boudreau called a timeout after..." March 24
Los Angeles Times "Forget the torch passing. Maybe there should have been the passing of a goalie stick when legend Rogie Vachon and Jonathan Quick convened in the dressing room Saturday afternoon after Quick became the winningest goalie in Kings history. Quick made 24 saves in recording his fifth shutout of..." March 23
Arizona Republic "There was no mistaking what the Coyotes needed to do Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena. With struggling Florida in for a visit and precious points at stake to keep a run to the playoffs alive, it was time to kick sand in the face of the Panthers, drop them like a bad habit and sink them like a..." March 21
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Apparently, the kids are all right wasn't just a Golden Globe award winning movie. The Panthers kiddie corps, led by a breakthrough performance by a rookie center Brandon Pirri, knocked off the star-studded San Jose Sharks 3-2 Tuesday night at the SAP Center, where they've been nearly..." March 19
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "County officials say they won't support a bailout of the Florida Panthers hockey team without a better financial return for taxpayers. But the Panthers appear to have something else in mind. In the depths of the 59-page contract proposed by the team are items their representatives haven't..." March 18
Vancouver Sun "Roberto Luongo left one poor team for another. The Florida Panthers' goalie, traded back to his adopted home by the Vancouver Canucks two weeks ago, was ordinary on Sunday, which was still better than either team has been this season. The last thing anyone needed from the Canucks and..." March 17
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "A year ago Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider were friendly rivals jockeying for the top job in net in a highly publicized goalie controversy in hockey-crazed Vancouver. On Friday night, the former Canucks netminders stared across the ice from each other only this time Luongo was in a familiar..." March 15
Tampa Bay Times "Given the Lightning, in seven games since the Olympic break, had squandered eight leads while going 1-4-2, the ending to Thursday night's matchup with the Panthers was, as coach Jon Cooper said, "a little uncomfortable." In the end, though, all that mattered to the Lightning was a 5-4 victory..." March 14
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers have recalled right wing Joey Crabb and defenseman Mike Mottau from their AHL affiliate in San Antonio, the team announced Tuesday. Both players will be available for the Panthers’ home game Tuesday night against the Coyotes. Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson was..." March 12
Arizona Republic "Goaltending was believed to be the most decisive factor after the Olympic break in determining whether or not the Coyotes would be playoff-bound. But goalie Mike Smith hasn’t disappointed, and yet the Coyotes have still found themselves struggling to piece together the type of win streak that..." March 12
Boston Herald "The Bruins are going to be feeling mighty good about themselves as they enjoy a day off today at sunny, warm Fort Lauderdale Beach. After easily beating the Florida Panthers, 5-2, yesterday — their second Sunshine State win in less than 24 hours — the Bruins have taken over the No. 1 spot in..." March 10
Pro Hockey Talk "Roberto Luongo probably wasn’t the only one surprised when the Vancouver Canucks reopened trade negotiations with Florida. At that point, the Panthers seemed committed to sticking with Tim Thomas for the rest of the season. After all, they made bobbleheads of him and everything. Speaking of,..." March 09
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It may have felt like throwback jersey night at the BB&T Center, but it was actually a smashing homecoming for goalie Roberto Luongo as he was serenaded by Panthers fans wearing his No. 1 jersey with cheers that sounded like jeers all night long: Louuuuuuuuuuuu! All Luongo did in his first..." March 08
PSD Staff Check back often for all of the latest NHL Trade Deadline rumors, news stories, tweets, images, videos, and anything else we can dig up pertaining to Deadline Day. It's already been busy and I expect nothing less on Wednesday. March 06
Tim Thomas headed to DAL. #Tradecentre
CSN New England "The Bruins finished up their schedule of games prior to the trade deadline with an efficient night of work picking apart a Florida Panthers team already thinking about next year. David Krejci scored three goals and Jarome Iginla added another in a 4-1 win over the Panthers and Tim Thomas that..." March 05
Florida closing in on a trade involving d-man Mike Weaver. Canadiens are among teams with interest in Weaver. Draft pick likely return.
TSN.ca "The Vancouver Canucks have traded goalie Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers. Luongo rejoins the Panthers after having been traded to Vancouver eight seasons ago. He spent five seasons with the Panthers from 2000-01 to 2005-06 before playing the past eight years with the Canucks." March 04
Panthers traded Mike Weaver to the Canadiens for a draft pick.
Brad Boyes agrees to terms on 2 year deal with FLA. $2.625M AAV.
Scott Gomez and Scot Clemmensen (FLA) also on waivers.
CSN New England "Loui Eriksson was not on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate, and will miss the game against the Florida Panthers with a “minor issue” according to Bruins coach Claude Julien. Julien also assured that the Swedish winger will be back to play on Thursday once the NHL trade deadline has passed..." March 04