Panthers Rumors & News

  • Penguins present former captain Jaromir Jagr with piece of the 'Igloo'

    CBS Sports "When most of us look back on Jarmir Jagr's career, we're going to think of him in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform, a puffy mullet flowing out the back of his helmet and him leaving everyone else in the dust. Now 44 years old and still mesmerizing hockey fans, albeit in different ways these days,..." October 26

  • Crosby sparks Pens' comeback vs. Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby, playing for the first time this season, scored his first goal and created a ripple effect all through the Pittsburgh Penguins' four lines. Carl Hagelin, first goal of the season. Eric Fehr, first goal. Tom Kuhnhackl, first assist. Crosby, back after missing..." October 25

  • Aaron Ekblad contract ‘set the bar way too high’ for defencemen

    Sportsnet "The statuses of defencemen Jacob Trouba (RFA demanding a trade) and Hampus Lindholm (RFA) were again a topic of conversation on Saturday’s Headlines segment during Hockey Night in Canada. “Well Lindholm I’m still hearing they can’t close the gap and what remains the issue is Anaheim wants him..." October 23

  • Panthers Recall Forward Kyle Rau from Springfield "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have recalled forward Kyle Rau from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL). The 23-year old Rau has played in two games with Springfield this season. During the..." October 22

  • Harper scores twice as Panthers thump Avalanche

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Left winger Shane Harper waited nearly three decades for his first NHL goal ... and then got his second marker just eight minutes and 23 seconds of game action later. The 27-year-old Harper's contribution helped the Florida Panthers earn a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche..." October 22

  • Jaromir Jagr scores 750th NHL goal "Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr scored his 750th NHL goal Thursday, becoming the third player in history to do so. Jagr, who scored his first goal of the season 14:10 into the second period of a 4-2 the Washington Capitals at BB&T Center, trails Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801)..." October 21

  • Capitals defeat Panthers on Ovechkin goal

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Alex Ovechkin deflected praise just as well as he deflected a game-winning shot Thursday night. The greatness of Ovechkin -- he has 527 career goals and 90 game-winners -- is something no one can reasonably deny and it was on display again, even if it wasn't one of his more..." October 20

  • Stamkos saves Lightning late vs. Panthers

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Steven Stamkos has scored a lot of goals in the NHL, but few will rival his game-tying shot with 5.5 seconds left in regulation, finding the top corner of the net to set up the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on Tuesday night...." October 18

  • Former NHL star Alexei Kovalev makes surprise comeback to pro hockey at 43

    CBS Sports "In a moment reminiscent of Roger Dorn in Major League II, former NHL star Alexei Kovalev is activating himself to play while also serving as general manager for EHC Visp, a second-division Swiss pro team. An injury to forward William Rapuzzi created an opening, so the 43-year-old former NHL..." October 18

  • McDavid, Matthews, Luongo named 'Three Stars' "Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 16. FIRST STAR - CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS McDavid tied for the League lead in points..." October 17

  • Roberto Luongo keeps climbing the all-time wins leaderboard

    Pro Hockey Talk "Thanks in large part to a three-point game from forward Jonathan Marchessault, the Florida Panthers were able to win their second consecutive game to open the 2016-17 season by beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night. It was also a big night for veteran goalie Roberto Luongo who..." October 16

  • Marchessault steps up for Panthers in 4-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. – Jonathan Marchessault is kind of like a human band-aid. With the Florida Panthers hurting in the exhibition season -- losing top-six forwards Nick Bjugstad for one month and Jonathan Huberdeau for up to four months -- Marchessault has stopped the bleeding, figuratively..." October 15

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • Barkov bites Devils as Panthers prevail in OT

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- God must be a Jose Fernandez fan. How else to explain some of what has happened since Fernandez's tragic death in a boating accident on Sept. 25? Thursday night provided the latest evidence. Before the game, all of the Florida Panthers players wore Fernandez's..." October 13

  • Months after surgery, Roberto Luongo takes opening night net for Florida Panthers

    Miami Herald "When Roberto Luongo had hip surgery in May, coach Gerard Gallant was assured his goalie would be ready for opening night. Gallant says he believed it. Few others did. Yet, when the Panthers take the ice Thursday night for their season opener, it will be Luongo leading the charge out of..." October 13

  • 10 surprises on opening night rosters "With the NHL season set to begin Wednesday, each of the 30 teams announced its 23-man roster. As expected, Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick by the Winnipeg Jets, made their teams. But there were plenty of other young..." October 12

  • 31 bold predictions for 2016-17 season

    TSN "Go bold or go home. The task at hand on the eve of the 2016-17 season is to make one bold prediction for all 31 National Hockey League franchises. By nature, the end result is either all or nothing, spot on or utterly insane. There is no comfortable middle ground. Last year, it wasn’t so..." October 12

  • Panthers' Huberdeau out 3-4 months

    TSN "The Florida Panthers will be forced to open their regular season without promising forward Jonathan Huberdeau. The Panthers confirmed to Harvey Fialkov of the Florida Sun Sentinel the 23-year-old to be out three-to-four months with a lower-body injury." October 09

  • Panthers name Derek MacKenzie 9th captain in team history

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers named Derek MacKenzie as their new captain Sunday. Willie Mitchell last wore the ‘C’ with the Panthers up until last season. Forward Jussi Jokinen and defenceman Aaron Ekblad will serve as the alternate captains. MacKenzie, a native of Sudbury, Ontario and veteran of 453..." October 09

  • Panthers’ Huberdeau leaves game after taking skate to leg

    Sportsnet "Florida Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau left Saturday’s pre-season game against the New Jersey Devils after an errant skate came down on his leg. Huberdeau got tied up with Devils forward Sergey Kalinin behind the New Jersey net. Kalinin’s skate landed on the back of Huberdeau’s ankle and..." October 09

  • Panthers Acquire Tim Bozon

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One day after a young forward who had yet to play to his potential was traded away, in Nail Yakupov, the same situation has repeated itself. Though not exactly a #1 overall pick, Tim Bozon had long been considered a top forward prospect for the Montreal Canadiens. That changed today, when the..." October 09

  • Panthers Sign Thomas Schemitsch to Entry-Level Contract

    Hockey Fights "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have signed defenseman Thomas Schemitsch to a three-year entry level contract. Schemitsch has been assigned to Florida's American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)." October 09

  • Panthers will name captain this weekend "The Florida Panthers likely will name a captain this weekend, coach Gerard Gallant told the Miami Herald on Friday. Gallant said the Panthers have already decided who will replace Willie Mitchell, who was captain the past two seasons. "I made it long ago,'' Gallant said, "but it was a tough..." October 08

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • Nick Bjugstad Out Four Weeks With Broken Hand

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, Florida Panthers centerman Nick Bjugstad has broken his hand and will be out at least four weeks. With the season beginning in less than a week, the young Panther will miss at least a few games with the injury." October 06

  • Florida releases veteran d-man Pardy from PTO

    Pro Hockey Talk "Adam Pardy’s quest to crack the Panthers’ new-look defense is over. Pardy, signed to a training camp PTO back in early September, was released on Thursday morning, the club announced. Pardy, 32, split last season between Winnipeg and Edmonton after the Oilers picked him up off waivers in..." October 06

  • NHL point projections: How we see 2016-17 season unfolding

    USA Today "The only guarantee about the NHL standings in 2016-17 is that they won’t look like the 2015-16 standings. Historically, there’s usually a significant change in who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. This past season, the NHL had five new playoff qualifiers. In 2014-15, seven playoff teams..." October 04

  • Panthers' new defensemen should bolster anemic power play

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Although the Panthers overhauled their defensive corps with four new projected starters this season, they didn't necessarily do so to improve their respectable seventh-ranked defense. They signed free agent defensemen Jason Demers and Keith Yandle, as well as trading for puck-moving blue-liner..." October 02

  • Florida Panthers goalie continues his fight in the minors

    Miami Herald "Mike McKenna worked hard not to be the odd man out at Florida Panthers training camp. The Panthers brought in a pair of NHL-tested goalies in James Reimer and Reto Berra this offseason to join up with Roberto Luongo leaving McKenna — Florida's AHL goalie last season — out of the NHL..." October 01

  • Marchessault returns to Tampa; Ekblad cleared; Barkov returns

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "At one point during the Tampa Bay’s run to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 2014-15 season, Lightning coach Jon Cooper opted to play undrafted forward Jonathan Marchessault while scratching hot-shot rookie Jonathan Drouin, the overall third pick of 2013 draft. Also during Marchessault’s two..." September 30

  • Aaron Ekblad says he had ‘whiplash,’ not concussion

    Miami Herald "Aaron Ekblad was back on the ice with his Florida Panthers teammates Thursday morning after leaving the NHL's World Cup of Hockey early with what appears to just be a scare over a concussion. Ekblad, 20, says he suffered concussion-like symptoms after being rammed into the glass by Leo Komarov..." September 29

  • Ekblad cleared by Panthers' doctors

    Pro Hockey Talk "Aaron Ekblad has been medically cleared by Florida Panthers doctors, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. That’s a big relief for everyone involved after Ekblad was injured while representing Team North America in the World Cup. The injury was originally reported as a “mild” concussion, though it..." September 28

  • 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 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 "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