Panthers Rumors & News

  • Florida Panthers drop ice-dancing cheerleaders

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "When the Florida Panthers struggled in recent years, at least there were the Lady Panthers to brighten the mood at the BB&T Center. No more, as the cheerleading and ice dancing squad has been disbanded, the Panthers announced Wednesday via Twitter. The Panthers thanked the dancers for nine..." July 23

  • Racine, Weegar look to standout among young Panthers' defensemen

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Nobody would blame Jonathan Racine and Mackenzie Weegar for feeling as if they've accomplished something. The two Panthers prospects received glowing reviews from either General Manager Dale Tallon and Director of Player Development Bryan McCabe during the team's development camp last..." July 20

  • Racine, Weegar look to standout among young Panthers' defensemen

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Nobody would blame Jonathan Racine and Mackenzie Weegar for feeling as if they've accomplished something. The two Panthers prospects received glowing reviews from either General Manager Dale Tallon and Director of Player Development Bryan McCabe during the team's development camp last..." July 20

  • Tallon hopes to avoid arbitration with Hayes, ‘not worried’ about signing Ekblad

    Miami Herald "Panthers have now come to agreements with all restricted free agents except for winger Jimmy Hayes. Florida signed center Brandon Pirri to a two-year deal earlier this week. "He's very highly skilled, has a great shot,'' Tallon said. "We'll use him a lot for offense. He'll get stronger and..." July 19

  • Panthers re-sign Kulikov to three-year, $13M deal "The Florida Panthers have re-signed defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year deal worth a total of $13 million. Kulikov's new deal carries an average annual value of $4.33 million. The 23-year old Russian scored eight goals and added 11 assists in 81 games with the Panthers in 2013-14." July 19

  • Panthers sign Brandon Pirri to 2-year deal

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Rookie forward Brandon Pirri was arguably the most consistent point-producer for the Panthers in the closing weeks of last season, and as a result earned the first one-way, two-year contract of his fledgling career. Pirri, 23, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2009..." July 17

  • Panthers agree to deals with Dylan Olsen, Garrett Wilson, Ryan Martindale

    Fox Sports "The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman Dylan Olsen on a two-year contract as well as forward Garrett Wilson and center Ryan Martindale on one-year, two-way contracts, the team announced Monday. Olsen, 23, appeared in 44 games for Florida last season, registering three goals..." July 15

  • Barkov ‘looks good’, but knee isn’t 100 percent

    Pro Hockey Talk "Aleksander Barkov‘s rookie season was cut short when he sustained a knee injury while playing for Finland in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Nearly five months later, Barkov is still focused on his recovery with the goal of being 100 percent in time for training camp, per the Miami Herald. He..." July 13

  • Erik Gudbranson signs two-year extension with Florida Panthers "The Florida Panthers took steps to securing the future of their blueline Thursday by re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Erik Gudbranson to a two-year deal. The young defender has not quite lived up to lofty expectations following his being selected with the third overall pick in the 2010..." July 10

  • Florida Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad to make most of opportunity

    Miami Herald "Among the dozens of young hockey players skating around the Panthers training facility Monday afternoon, Aaron Ekblad stood out. Unlike all but one other player, Ekblad has a single digit on his back. Ekblad's No. 5 will likely remain with him not only through this development camp but through..." July 08

  • Alex Kovalev officially retires after 24 years playing pro hockey "Alex Kovalev hasn't played an NHL game in close to two years but all along he remained an active player, spending last season in the Swiss second league. He remains a player no more; on Thursday he announced his retirement from the game for good. "I'd have loved to play until I'm 50 but the..." July 03

  • Florida Panthers Agree to Entry Level Contract with G Sam Brittain "Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to an entry-level contract with G Sam Brittain. In addition, the club also announced that they agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with D Blake Parlett. Brittain, 22, appeared..." July 02

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    Aaron Portzline @Aportzline

    #CBJ Derek MacKenzie to Florida

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Shawn Thornton to FL, 2 yrs, $1.2 AAV

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    James Mirtle @mirtle

    Panthers sign Al Montoya to back up Luongo.

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Hearing WASH to make a hard run at Brooks Orpik...CAL, COL, FLA also there

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    2 teams in the running for Dave Bolland are the Panthers ans the Blues. #tvasports

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers have signed D Willie Mitchell from the #laKings

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Bolland gets 5 years at $5.5M per in FLA. #TSN

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Jussi Jokinen signs with Florida, 4 x 4

  • Florida Panthers take Jayce Hawryluk, stay quiet on trade front

    Miami Herald "Jayce Hawryluk came into the second day of the NHL Draft figuring he wouldn’t have to wait long to hear his name called. Florida general manager Dale Tallon, after all, told the winger from Manitoba that he would be the Panthers’ selection with the 32nd overall pick if he was still on the..." June 29

  • Report: Lightning made best offer for Panthers’ top pick

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’d heard all about how Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon was listening intently for offers on the first overall pick at the 2014 Draft. What we didn’t know was who was in talks with him to move up. According to’s Pierre LeBrun, the team that made the most aggressive push to deal with..." June 29

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers have put captain Ed Jovanovski on waivers in order to buyout the final year of his contract.

  • Panthers focus on bolstering right wing position on second day of NHL Draft

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "After selecting back-end help with the NHL draft's first overall pick, the Panthers took a forward-thinking approach on the second day by selecting four wings and a goalie, including feisty right wing Jayce Hawryluk at No. 32. Hawryluk said that Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon assured him..." June 28

  • Hextall 'tried a number of things' to move Flyers up

    CSN Philly "Throughout Thursday night and right into Friday afternoon, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall was trying to do what the Flyers do best: “We tried a number of things over the past few days and nothing came to fruition,” Hextall said. “You do anything you can to make the team better. And if at..." June 28

  • Panthers keep No. 1 pick and select defenseman Aaron Ekblad

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "There were no pucks flying around Wells Fargo Center, but there were plenty of trade rumors involving the Panthers' overall No. 1 pick right up to 45 minutes before NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman walked onto the podium at 7:13 p.m. to a rousing chorus of boos from Flyers fans to begin the 52nd NHL..." June 28

    2014 NHL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff The 2014 NHL Entry Draft goes on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. While this year's NHL draft will certainly not be able to match the talent pool of Thursday's NBA Draft, or even most other NHL Drafts for that matter, there are still some extremely talented players available. The best part... June 28

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Some on Draft floor are convinced the 1st pick overall is on the move and the Canucks may be the target. Still early and no sign of Tallon.

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    Mike Kelly @MikeKellyNHL

    Hearing Panthers seriously considering an offer from the Maple Leafs for the #1 overall pick. JVR centerpiece with others going to FLA

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Dale Tallon is telling gm's he has 1 really good offer for 1st pick overall. Not sure he's going to take it. Other so-so offers as well.

  • Panthers dangle top NHL draft pick to Canadian teams

    Toronto Sun "In Florida, Dale Tallon’s criteria for dealing the No. 1 pick in Friday’s draft means the Maple Leafs, Flames, Canucks and Oilers all seemingly still have a shot, providing they can cobble together an offer the Panthers general manager can’t refuse. In Montreal, veteran defenceman Andrei Markov..." June 24

  • With Gallant hired, is Panthers' Tallon working on big trade?

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Gerard Gallant was the story Monday. But Dale Tallon is the column. Gallant was introduced as the Panthers new coach with all the same smiles and sunny adjectives that introduced seven new Panthers coaches in the last 10 years. But Tallon, the Panthers' general manager, has more work ahead than..." June 24

  • Gerard Gallant Named New Coach of Florida Panthers "Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Gerard Gallant has been named the club’s new head coach. “We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “He is an individual with tremendous character,..." June 22

  • Panthers have plenty of options with No. 1 pick "The Florida Panthers seem to be an organization that reaches a crossroads every few years. Making the playoffs in 2011-12 should have signified a club turning the corner and creating some forward momentum, but consecutive seasons near the league basement proved that success was short lived. Now..." June 20

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    At least 8 teams have shown interest in acquiring the 1st pick overall from the Panthers. Van, Cgy, Edmtn and Tor among them.

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    Andy Strickland @andystrickland

    Brian Campbell apparently wants out of Florida...still has two years left on contract paying north of $7 million #Panthers

  • Panthers Narrow Coaching Candidates to Three; Crawford in Mix "The Florida Panthers are getting closer to filling their head coaching vacancy. The team, who had whittled their candidates down to six last week, now has three finalists. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, GM Dale Tallon will continue to narrow the list and likely make his hire by..." June 16

  • Panthers could take Ekblad with No. 1 pick: report "If the Florida Panthers retain the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, they likely will select Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad out of the Ontario Hockey League, according to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defenseman is No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's..." June 10

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    NHL on TSN @NHLonTSN

    Sun Sentinel reporting that Dan Bylsma, along with 5 other coaching prospects, to meet with Panthers this week. #TSN #NHL

  • Flames asking Panthers about No. 1 pick in Draft "One month after Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon admitted he was openly fielding offers for the top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, at least one team has inquired into the cost of selecting first on June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Calgary Flames general manager Brad..." June 09

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    Damien Cox @DamoSpin

    Dale Tallon confirms that a) he's had one fair offer for No. 1 pick and b) he has already talked to Dan Bylsma about Panthers coaching job.

  • Could the Panthers trade down twice at NHL Draft?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to the NHL Draft. Owning the No. 1 pick means they’ve got their choices of anyone they want. They also have the choice to trade down if it means getting a better haul. The idea of Panthers GM Dale Tallon trading out of the top spot has..." June 07

  • Panthers reach out to ex-Pens coach Bylsma

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers wasted little time in reaching out to ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma as part of their ongoing coaching search after newly hired Pittsburgh General Manager Jim Rutherford fired the 2011 Coach of the Year Friday morning. No definitive plans for an interview with Bylsma have been made,..." June 07

  • Panthers interview ex-Leafs coach Ron Wilson "The Florida Panthers interviewed Ron Wilson for their vacant head coaching position this week, according to a report from the SportsBusiness Journal. Wilson hasn’t coached at the NHL level since he was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the 2011-12 season. The firing came just..." June 05

  • Panthers ask Habs permission to interview Gallant about coaching job

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers are getting more serious in their pursuit of a new head coach. Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin told L.A. Lariviere of TVA Sports the Panthers have asked for permission to speak with current assistant coach Gerard Gallant about their open top job. Over the weekend we..." June 02

  • Panthers sign prospect Steven Hodges to entry-level deal

    Fox Sports "The Florida Panthers signed prospect Steven Hodges to an entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday. Hodges, who missed the first two months of the season recovering from a knee injury, registered 21 goals and 26 assists and a plus-20 rating in 52 games with the Victorial Royals (WHL) last..." June 02

  • Panthers add Gallant and Peters to coaching candidate list

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Just because Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon spent the last few days in Toronto at the NHL Scouting Combine where he has been checking out potential draft picks, doesn't mean he's not continuing his search for a head coach. A few new names have been added to the Panthers' candidate list,..." May 31

  • Panthers mulling options with No. 1 pick "Florida Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce is familiar with the usual posturing that takes place leading up to the NHL draft. He said he expects the drama to be ramped up even more in the weeks ahead since Panthers general manager Dale Tallon admitted his willingness to shop the No. 1..." May 31

  • Weegar agrees to entry-level contract with Panthers "Defenseman MacKenzie Weegar on Thursday agreed to an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers. Financial terms were not disclosed. "We are pleased to have reached a contract agreement with MacKenzie," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He is a young and mobile defenseman with an..." May 29

  • Panthers interested in Renney as coach, source says

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers are talking to five to seven coaching candidates, including former Rangers coach Tom Renney, according to a source close to the team. Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon is back from Belarus where he watched and scouted the IIHF World Championship won by Russia last week. The..." May 28