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  • Petrovic notches Gordie Howe hat trick to lead Panthers to 7-4 win over Sabres

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic proudly stood in the middle of the Panthers dressing room wearing a huge bump above his left eye and the 'Spacey in Space' hoodie given to the most valuable player of the game for his Gordie Howe hat trick plus two. Petrovic notched a goal and an assist while..." February 10

  • Kane, Petrovic ejected after 3rd fight of the game

    The Score "Make it 3-0 Kane. Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane and Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic fought for a third and final time Tuesday, and Kane once again came out the victor." February 10

  • Reading the trade market tea leaves

    TSN "Another week, another exercise in trying to put 10 pounds of fertilizer in a five-pound bag. It’s T-minus 19 days and counting to the NHL trade deadline, so let’s try to size up some of the situations/players we’ll be watching and talking about between now and then. In honour of the Dustin..." February 10

  • Panthers’ Jokinen criticizes NHL over Barkov hit from Abdelkader

    Sportsnet "One day later the Florida Panthers were still seething about the Justin Abdelkader hit that sidelined top centre Aleksander Barkov with an upper-body injury. This time the frustration was directed at the NHL, with veteran forward Jussi Jokinen expressing frustration that the Detroit Red Wings..." February 10

  • What if an NHL goalie has to go to the bathroom?

    SI "Unlike his fellow NHL players who tailor their game day meals with an eye on fuel and nutrition, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby follows his gut whenever he is scheduled to start. “It’s all based around what’s not going to make my stomach upset,” the current Vezina Trophy frontrunner says. “It’s..." February 10

  • Datsyuk-Zetterberg tandem drives Wings' victory

    Detroit News "Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg enjoy being linemates and history has shown the two usually produce goals. Back together Monday, the duo struck for two quick third-period goals as the Red Wings defeated the Florida Panthers 3-0. Datsyuk scored his seventh (power play) and eighth goals..." February 09

  • No hearing scheduled for Abdelkader after Barkov hit

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s no disciplinary hearing scheduled for Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader following his big check on Florida’s Aleksander Barkov last night, an NHL spokesman has confirmed. The incident, which occurred early in the second period, left Barkov woozy and forced him from the game entirely...." February 09

  • Abdelkader defends hit: 'I'm not a cheap player'

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader sent Aleksander Barkov crumbling, and the Panthers complaining. Abdelkader delivered a crushing hit on Barkov in the second period of Monday's 3-0 victory over Florida. Abdelkader did not leave his feet. There was no penalty called, and Wings coach..." February 09

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    John Vogl @BuffNewsVogl

    Panthers coach Gerard Gallant says Barkov is out tonight. No timeline for return, hopes it isn't long. https://t.co/y3g4nWj4Kp

  • Jagr becomes 10th player to appear in 1,600 NHL games

    The Score "Jaromir Jagr reached another milestone just by stepping on the ice. The Florida Panthers forward appeared in his 1,600th career NHL game Monday night against the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the 10th player in league history to accomplish the feat." February 08

  • Jaromir Jagr doesn't want Peyton Manning to retire

    CBS Sports "Now that Peyton Manning has won his second Super Bowl, all of the attention has turned to whether or not Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers will be his final game in the NFL. Given the circumstances, it seems reasonable to think that Sunday's game is going to turn out to be the end of the..." February 08

  • Crosby, Karlsson, Trocheck named NHL's Three Stars

    NHL.com "Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 7. FIRST STAR - SIDNEY CROSBY, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Crosby led the League in goals and points..." February 08

  • Penguins take down Panthers in OT, 3-2

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Kris Letang was taking nothing for granted. Not while he watched as Sidney Crosby slid a pass onto his stick from the far side of the ice. Not even when he spotted an opening on the short side of Florida goalie Roberto Luongo’s net. Luongo, Letang said, is too good of a goalie for him to..." February 07

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers will have 7th sellout of season Sat v #Pens ... Had 5 all of last season. Attendance is up 30% from 11265 to 14620 and counting

  • Florida Panthers continue offensive onslaught against Detroit Red Wings

    Miami Herald "The Florida Panthers have never scored this many goals and it feels like they’ve never beaten so many good teams. Yes, they keep setting them up and knocking them down these days. Detroit is the latest Eastern Conference challenger to get run over by the Panthers’ as Florida jumped to a..." February 05

  • Report: Majority of GMs would approve of play-in game for final playoff seeds

    The Score "First the coach's challenge, now a wild-card play-in game? Bob McKenzie reported Wednesday on NBC that 16-of-28 general managers polled would be in favor of the NHL borrowing another idea, and adopting an MLB-style single elimination play-in game to determine the final wild-card seed in each..." February 04

  • Huberdeau leads Panthers to 5-2 victory over NHL-best Caps for fourth win in a row

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "So much for losing momentum after the five-day All-Star break. In case the hockey world wasn't convinced how talented these Panthers are during the All-Star festivities where Roberto Luongo, Jaromir Jagr and Aaron Ekblad all shined, they got the whole enchilada in a convincing 5-2 victory over..." February 03

  • Jaromir Jagr’s All-Star experience: ‘It was fun, no question about it’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jaromir Jagr may have preferred to stay home heading into the 2016 All-Star Game, but it sure looked like he had a good time. Indeed, instead of seeing the active legend huffing and puffing through that high-speed brand of 3-on-3 hockey, the most common image was Jagr with a huge smile on his..." February 01

  • John Scott, NHL All-Star Game set ratings record for NBCSN

    Yahoo! Sports "There was no doubt that the perfect storm of The John Scott Phenomenon and the NHL’s reinvigorated 3-on-3 All-Star Game format had provided an uptick in attention for the midseason classic. The only question was if that would actually translate into a spike in viewership as well, or if the..." February 01

  • MVP John Scott and new format win praise at NHL All-Star game

    Los Angeles Times "The least likely All-Star was voted the most valuable player of the NHL's first venture into three-on-three play at its midseason showcase, proving that the worst intentions can sometimes have an unimaginably good outcome. A ride that began when enforcer John Scott was jokingly promoted as the..." February 01

  • Subban channels Jagr to win breakaway challenge

    NHL.com "P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens -- with an assist to Jaromir Jagr -- won the Honda Breakaway Challenge at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The winner was decided by fans voting on Twitter. Subban got 31 percent of the vote; narrowly defeating Brent Burns, who wore a Chewbacca mask on his..." January 31

  • NHL players excited for 3-on-3 All-Star Game

    Tennessean "Few cities fully understand and embody the concept of entertainment like Nashville, which is evident by the flair that exudes from every event that it holds. That inherent flavor is why the Predators, who are hosting their first NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena, wanted to make..." January 30

  • Kovalev, 42, wants to make NHL comeback

    NHL.com "Alex Kovalev, a 19-year NHL veteran who has been been out of the League since 2013, wants to make a comeback, and told Journal de Montreal, "I'd come back right away. If Jaromir Jagr can do it, so can I." Kovalev, who will turn 43 next month, scored 430 goals and had 1,029 points in 1,316 NHL..." January 30

  • Jaromir Jagr is a treasure, and we're all lucky he's still playing in the NHL

    USA Today "Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant has long ago surrendered the idea that soon-to-be 44-year-old Jaromir Jagr needs extra rest to remain fully charged. “He told me early on that he knows his body,” Gallant said at NHL All-Star media day. “He said when he doesn’t want to practice, he doesn’t..." January 30

  • There are barely any good NHL teams and it sucks

    New York Post "Parity? Yes. Good hockey? No. The prevalent idea that permeates down from the NHL offices on Sixth Avenue states having so many teams so closely bunched makes for good entertainment. As the All-Star break has begun, let us clarify that idea: The more teams that have a chance to make the..." January 30

  • Report: Panthers, Canucks potential suitors if Andrew Ladd goes on trading block

    The Score "If the Winnipeg Jets do expose their captain to the open market, it appears as though Andrew Ladd will have suitors. NBC's Darren Dreger reported Wednesday that the Florida Panthers would have interest in the pending free agent, as well as perhaps the Vancouver Canucks. Being an experienced,..." January 28

  • Self-aware NHL all-star John Scott has many in his corner

    Toronto Sun "Midway through the second period, John Scott began to grow antsy. The hulking enforcer, who had been sitting for nearly 15 minutes in a 2-2 game, stood up, shook loose his legs, and looked pleadingly in the direction of the head coach. But it was no use. It was clear Scott’s place was on the..." January 28

  • Panthers' Aaron Ekblad is only getting started

    Toronto Sun "His agent is Bobby Orr. His hero is Nicklas Lidstrom. And on Super Bowl Sunday, the kid who plays defence for the Florida Panthers and continues to turn heads will celebrate his 20th birthday. Aaron Ekblad is already a two-time NHL all-star, an NHL difference-maker and, in the words of his..." January 28

  • Luongo ties Esposito on all-time wins list

    The Score "The Florida Panthers are one of the best stories in hockey, and Roberto Luongo is one of the protagonists. The 36-year-old's 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday was of the milestone variety." January 27

  • Barkov ignites three-goal outburst, leads Panthers to 5-1 victory over Leafs

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "In a noon press conference Tuesday, Panthers budding star center Aleksander Barkov officially signed a $35.4 million, six-year contract extension. About eight hours later Barkov showed why the Panthers are making this 20-year-old Russian-Finn a cornerstone building block of a franchise headed..." January 27

  • Majority of coaches remain in favour of challenge concept

    TSN "It's not that NHL coaches don't appreciate having the coach's challenge at their disposal this season for the first time ever... Well, actually, that's not entirely true as six of 27 NHL head coaches polled by TSN don't like the coach's challenge at all and would just as soon see it..." January 27

  • Panthers sign forward Barkov to six-year extension

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers have agreed to a six-year extension with forward Aleksander Barkov, according to a report from George Richards of the Miami Herald. Barkov, 20, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season." January 26

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Panthers agree to six-year extension with Barkov worth $5.9 million AAV per season

  • Mike Babcock wants Jaromir Jagr's autograph: 'He's that good'

    The Score "As the hockey world prepares to focus its attention on Nashville and the upcoming NHL All-Star festivities, Mike Babcock and his Toronto Maple Leafs get set to face the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. One player set to feature in both is Jaromir Jagr, who'll captain the Atlantic Division squad...." January 25

  • How to Fix the NHL’s Coach’s Challenge

    The Hockey Writers "It’s no secret. The NHL’s coach’s challenge has not gone as smoothly as hoped in its inaugural season. It was put into place in order to give teams an option to challenge goals which they thought were not ‘good goals’ as deemed by the NHL rulebook. However, the two times when a coach can..." January 25

  • Canada’s falling dollar could be raising hopes for a Seattle NHL expansion team

    Seattle Times "It turns out the prediction of a January vote by Seattle City Council on a Sodo District arena was not only optimistic, but downright delusional. City Hall sources now indicate a vote to cede Occidental Avenue South for Chris Hansen’s project won’t happen before late March, early April at best...." January 25

  • Escrow went up…again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Escrow has risen from 16 percent to 18 percent, according to multiple reports. No surprise there, given the Canadian dollar’s plunge. With seven of the NHL’s 30 teams in Canada, there was no way league revenues weren’t going to be affected. Some had predicted escrow would go up even..." January 25

  • Panthers knock off Lightning 5-2

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "f this weekend's back-to-back games against last season's Stanley Cup finalists served as a barometer for the Panthers' playoff chances then cue the flying rats. A night after dominating the weary-looking Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Panthers erupted for four second-period goals..." January 24

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    .@68Jagr said he will travel to Nashville for All Star weekend but says he wishes it wasn't so time consuming. Would rather be skating here.

  • Jaromir Jagr to reluctantly participate in NHL All-Star Game

    Sportsnet "If Jaromir Jagr had his way, he would skip the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. The Florida Panthers star was voted captain of the Atlantic Division, but has expressed his desire to get some rest and prepare for the stretch run rather than compete in another All-Star Game — this is the 13th time he has..." January 24

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    Florida Panthers PR @FlaPanthersPR

    #FlaPanthers assign Dylan Olsen to @PortlandPirates. More >> https://t.co/sLHxrkxzhQ

  • Jaromir Jagr still doesn’t want to go to the All-Star game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jaromir Jagr still isn’t crazy about going to the All-Star game. In early December, Jagr pleaded with the fans not to vote him into game, but that didn’t work. He was still voted as one of four division captains (with John Scott, Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin). With the All-Star break less..." January 23

  • Panthers roar to 4-0 victory over Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "he Panthers know something about mental letdowns after reeling off a franchise-long 12-game winning streak. It was just 11 days earlier that the league's longest winning streak this season ended in a 3-2 overtime loss in Vancouver. That was followed by a listless 6-0 thrashing at the hands of..." January 23

  • Florida Panthers Recall Dylan Olsen from Portland (AHL) on Emergency Basis

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that defenseman Dylan Olsen has been recalled from the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates, on an emergency basis. The 25-year old Olsen has played in eight games with Florida..." January 22

  • Return to Panthers revitalizing, perspective-changing for Luongo

    ESPN "It is a glorious, sunny day in the twilight of Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo's career. Or maybe "twilight" isn't quite the right term currently for of one of the game's most successful, highest-profile netminders. Maybe "renaissance" is a better term for this day, this moment, this..." January 21

  • Ekblad ready to return, Huberdeau on drawing penalties

    NHL.com "After missing the past four games with an upper-body injury, defenseman Aaron Ekblad is expected to make his return to Florida’s lineup when the Panthers host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday at the BB&T Center. “I feel good now,” said Ekblad, who was cleared to play on Wednesday. “There were a..." January 21

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    The NHL executive committee meeting on expansion is today in NY. No announcement should be made after. #tvasports

  • Hall scores twice in Oilers win over Florida

    Edmonton Sun "The Edmonton Oilers made it harder on themselves than they would have liked, but held on to win. Yet, they also lost. Taylor Hall scored a pair of goals to lead the Oilers to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday, but centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sustained a long term hand..." January 19

  • Kucherov’s two goals lift Lightning to win over Panthers

    Tampa Tribune "Ever since the Lightning and Panthers joined the NHL within a year of each other in the early 1990s, the in-state rivalry between the franchises has primarily been manufactured. Not anymore. The streaking Lightning closed within five points of the Panthers atop the Atlantic Division on..." January 18

  • Ekblad out two more games — including tonight’s grudge match versus Hendricks, Oilers

    Pro Hockey Talk "The stage is set for tonight’s Oilers-Panthers game at BB&T. Yes, it seems weird hyping a Monday nighter between Florida and Edmonton, hardly the fiercest of rivals, but this one is different — today, the Panthers ruled out star defenseman Aaron Ekblad for another two games, as he continues to..." January 18

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