Panthers Rumors & News

  • Panthers counting on bounce-back seasons from Fleischmann, Kopecky

    Fox Sports Florida "In an attempt to climb out of the cellar of the Eastern Conference standings, the Florida Panthers spent millions during the offseason to acquire several high-priced free agents. While these additions immediately improved the team's fortunes for the upcoming campaign, a return to the playoffs..." September 30

  • Panthers cut 12; place goalie Dan Ellis on waivers

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "As the team landed in Dallas early Sunday morning, 18 Panthers separated from the pack, dispersing in different directions while the remaining 31 would prepare for Monday's game against the Dallas Stars. The Panthers lopped off 12 young prospects and shipped them off to San Antonio where they..." September 29

  • Panthers owners bracing for even lower attendance this year

    Miami Herald "The Panthers finished 29th out of 30 NHL teams last season both in the standings and in attendance figures. Although the team expects to do much better on the ice, their ownership group said Tuesday they are prepared for even smaller crowds this coming season. Owners Vinnie Viola and Doug..." September 24

  • Luongo set for another season, but not taking himself too seriously

    Fox Sports "With NHL training camps kicking off this week, many players step onto the ice with a fresh slate, hoping to produce and help their team win the Stanley Cup. Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, however, seemingly likes to dwell on past misfortunes. The former Vancouver Canuck posted a..." September 22

  • Panthers owners write letter committing team to South Florida

    Fox Sports Florida "The owners of the Florida Panthers say the team isn't going anywhere. In an open letter to fans Wednesday, co-owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu refuted recent relocation talks while reaffirming their commitment to bring a Stanley Cup to South Florida. "Despite media speculation to the..." September 18

  • Weston's Cody Payne scores goal to lead Panthers prospects to 2-0 win over Bruins in rookie tourney

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Steven Hodges, a third-round draft pick in 2012, scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 victory over the Bruins Saturday in the first of three games during a rookie tournament at the Ford Center in Nashville. Weston's Cody Payne, who continues to show he's worthy of..." September 14

  • Rookie Vincent Trocheck hopes to force Panthers to keep him on opening-night roster

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim, a first-round draft pick in 2002, certainly will never forget his first rookie camp with the Islanders. "I remember in the first [rookie] game against Philadelphia we had eight fights in the first five minutes,'' laughed Bergenheim, who along with several..." September 11

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    Former #FlaPanthers Radek Dvorak says he wants to play in NHL this season; is ruling out playing in Europe because kids are in school here

  • Ekblad ‘confident’ he can make Panthers’ roster

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers recently signed defenseman Aaron Ekblad to an entry-level contract, but when his NHL career will start remains to be seen. It’s common for first overall picks to jump straight to the NHL after being drafted, but Panthers GM Dale Tallon has tried to avoid putting too much..." September 07

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    FLA expected to announce today the signing of 2014 1st overall pick Aaron Ekblad.

  • Florida Panthers sign No. 1 pick Aaron Ekblad "Florida Panthers fans can now officially celebrate the dawning of the Aaron Ekblad era. Two months after selecting him with the first-overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Panthers signed the 18-year-old defenseman to his entry-level contract Wednesday. “We are very pleased to have..." September 03

  • Panthers’ Bolland to have jersey retired by junior team

    Pro Hockey Talk "Florida Panthers’ center Dave Bolland will have his jersey retired by the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. According to The London Free Press, Bolland, who spent 254 regular season games with the Knights will have his No. 91 raised to the rafters of the Budweiser Gardens on Oct...." August 29

  • Aaron Ekblad ready to lace up for Panthers' home opener

    Toronto Star "Aaron Ekblad is getting back to work. The first overall draft pick of the Florida Panthers said on Saturday he’s free of any concussion-like symptoms less than three weeks after he took a hard hit in a world junior exhibition game. “The concussion is perfectly, completely gone. I feel..." August 26

  • Jokinen, Barkov looking forward to reunion in Florida

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jussi Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov got to know one another while helping Finland capture bronze at the 2014 Olympics. Now the duo hope to bring their chemistry formed in Russia to Florida. Jokinen signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Panthers on July 1 after spending last..." August 17

  • Panthers owner ‘didn’t need to see anyone else’ after interviewing Gallant

    Pro Hockey Talk "When Gerard Gallant landed the head coaching job with the Florida Panthers, he left a major impression on the team’s owner. Panthers Vice Chairman Douglas Cifu spoke about the process with Jameson Olive of Fox Sports Florida and said the former Columbus Blue Jackets coach hit a home run in his..." August 10

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    Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug

    Ekblad done for the week as both the Panters and Hockey Canada will play it safe.

  • Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad suffers concussion

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It's been a rough week for two of the Florida Panthers top defensive prospects. First, Boston College defenseman Ian McCoshen, Florida's second draft pick in 2013 (31st overall), was sent home by Team USA earlier this week for "precautionary reasons'' after receiving a hard check, and on..." August 06

  • Panthers avoid arbitration with Hayes, who gets one-year deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Despite an earlier report that an arbitration hearing was likely to be necessary, the Florida Panthers and forward Jimmy Hayes have apparently agreed on a one-year, one-way contract. Hayes had 11 goals and seven assists in 53 games for the Panthers last season. The 24-year-old was traded to..." July 29

  • ‘The talent was always there’ in Florida, says Luongo

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Panthers haven’t fared very well over the last two seasons — finishing 29th and 30th overall in consecutive years — but, according to veteran goalie Roberto Luongo, that lack of success wasn’t due to a lack of talent. “I like it — the talent was always there,” Luongo said in previewing the..." July 28

  • Panthers and F Hayes go to salary arbitration

    Palm Beach Post "The Panthers and restricted free agent Jimmy Hayes were unable to come to terms so the two parties will settle their dispute at a hearing in front of a neutral arbitrator next week in Toronto, according to a source. Hayes, 24, is the last unsigned Panther on the roster, excluding rookie..." July 26

  • The Big Cubano hopes to spark Panthers on and off the ice

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Nothing goes together better than a Florida Panthers hockey game and munching a Cuban sandwich, sipping a cafecito or Mojito before topping off a victory with a big, fat Cuban cigar. Huh? That may sound a tad incongruous and illegal, given the BB&T Center's anti-smoking regulations and the lack..." July 26

  • 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