Panthers Rumors & News

  • Panthers searching for free-agent right wing, look to re-sign own players

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "After two hectic days of wheeling and dealing during the NHL draft where the Florida Panthers swapped veteran defensemen with the Buffalo Sabres and added seven skilled prospects into the pipeline, the front office now turns its attention to tendering qualifying offers to their own restricted free..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Panthers 2016 NHL Draft First Round Selection: Henrik Borgstrom

    Litter Box Cats "Okay, so who called that one? There was some thought from the NBC crew that the Florida Panthers might go off the board with the 23rd overall pick... and they did. This is not to say that Henrik Borgstrom is not a quality pick. This center from Finland is considered by some to be one of the THE..." June 26

  • Panthers select Jonathan Ang and Riley Stillman in fourth round of 2016 NHL Draft

    Litter Box Cats "The Florida Panthers stepped to the podium twice in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and came way with center/right wing Jonathan Ang and defenseman Riley Stillman. Ang, a forward from Peterborough of the OHL, was taken with the 92nd pick overall (acquired from Vancouver). In 68..." June 26

  • Panthers select Linus Nassen in third round of 2016 NHL Draft

    Litter Box Cats "After going forward with their first two picks, the Florida Panthers went defense with the third-round pick they acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry, selecting Linus Nassen 89th overall. Nassen is a 6', 172 lb Swede who scored 5 goals and 16 assists in 42 games with Lulea's..." June 26

  • Panthers select F Adam Mascherin in second round of 2016 NHL Draft

    Litter Box Cats "The Florida Panthers selected forward Adam Mascherin with their second round pick in the 2016 Entry Draft. Florida was originally slated to pick 33rd, but moved down five spots after trading defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to the Buffalo Sabres. The Panthers also picked up a third-round pick (89th..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Sabres trade Mark Pysyk and picks for Dmitry Kulikov and picks

    Die By The Blade "Everyone figured the Buffalo Sabres would either draft or make a trade for a left-handed defenseman at the NHL Draft, but Tim Murray waited until Day Two to fill that hole. The Sabres traded Mark Pysyk as well as the 38th and 89th pick to the Florida Panthers for 25-year old defenseman Dmitry..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Panthers fielding several trade offers for Kulikov; Bruins interested

    The Score "Dmitry Kulikov may be the odd man out on the Florida Panthers' blue line. With Keith Yandle officially locked up on a long-term deal and Aaron Ekblad reportedly nearing one of his own, several teams are reportedly calling to see if Kulikov could be had in a trade. The Boston Bruins are..." June 24

  • Florida reportedly planning $60M extension for Ekblad

    Today's Slapshot "The Florida Panthers still have one year left of first overall defenseman Aaron Ekblad playing under his currently entry-level deal. He’ll remain extremely cost-controlled for the 2016-17 season, then need a new deal as a restricted free agent for the following year. It’s unsurprising,..." June 24

  • Panthers sign Keith Yandle to 7-year contract worth reported $44.45M

    The Score "The Florida Panthers have signed defenseman Keith Yandle to a seven-year contract. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed by the club, but it's believed to be worth $44.45 million, carrying an average annual valuation of $6.35 million, according to Craig Custance of ESPN. That makes him the..." June 24

  • Avalanche trade G Reto Berra for F Rocco Grimaldi

    BNS Denver "As reported on Twitter by George Richards, Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra has been traded to the Florida Panthers for center Rocco Grimaldi. Florida drafted Grimaldi in second round (33rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 23-year-old comes in at just 5’6″ and 180 pounds. He’s gifted..." June 23

  • Panthers sign defenceman Keith Yandle to 7-year deal

    Sportsnet "Cross another prospective free agent defenceman off the list of players who will be available on July 1. The Florida Panthers have signed Keith Yandle to a 7-year, $44.45-million contract. The Panthers acquired Yandle’s negotiating rights from the New York Rangers earlier this week in exchange..." June 23

  • Panthers' Jaromir Jagr Wins 2015-16 Masterton Trophy

    Hockey Fights "Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr is the 2015-16 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers..." June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • Report: Brian Campbell interested in returning to the ‘Hawks

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Blackhawks might get some defensive help from a familiar source…well, if the price is right at least. Brian Campbell, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, “has serious interest” in playing for Chicago again, according to Chicago Tribune writer Chris Kuc’s..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Panthers acquire rights to Keith Yandle from Rangers

    The Score "The Florida Panthers have acquired the rights to pending unrestricted free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle from the New York Rangers, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. In return, the Rangers will receive a sixth-round pick and a conditional fourth-round selection if Yandle signs..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Defenceman Ian McCoshen inks entry-level deal with Panthers

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers have signed defenceman Ian McCoshen to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Panthers drafted McCoshen with the 31st pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. He was an alternate captain for Boston College Eagles this season as a junior, scoring six goals and adding 15 assists in 40..." June 20

  • Bruins may be interested in trading for Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov

    CSN New England "With the Arizona Coyotes shipping out a fifth round pick to the Dallas Stars for the right to negotiate with impending free agent defenseman Alex Goligoski, the Game of NHL Thrones: Defensemen Edition has begun. The Boston Bruins would have been, and could still be, a potential suitor for..." June 18

  • Panthers re-sign Brickley and Brittain

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers bolstered their organizational depth by re-signing center Connor Brickley and goalie Sam Brittain to one-year, two-way deals Thursday, according to a source. Brickley, 24, a second-round pick by the Panthers in 2010, made his NHL debut last season and had a goal and four assists..." June 17

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • BC standout McCoshen reaches agreement with Florida

    Pro Hockey Talk "It sounds like the Florida Panthers will be announcing in the near future that they’ve signed Boston College defenseman Ian McCoshen. The move was initially reported by CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty and then confirmed by Jimmy Murphy. McCoshen was taken by Florida with the 31st pick of the..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • Dave Bolland Fails Physical, Won’t Be Bought Out

    The Hockey Writers "With the NHL’s buyout window set to open Wednesday at noon, news has come in that Florida’s Dave Bolland has failed his physical, according to Sportsnet’s Luke Fox. Failing his physical means that Bolland isn’t healthy and that he cannot be bought out, as no injured player can be bought out...." June 15

  • Springfield Thunderbirds Announced as Team Name for New AHL Franchise

    NHL.com "Springfield’s new American Hockey League franchise will take the ice for the upcoming 2016-2017 season as the Springfield Thunderbirds. With hockey fans and local dignitaries looking on from center ice seats at the MassMutual Center Arena, team officials announced the new name through a pulsating..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Panthers Preparing to Pounce

    The Hockey Writers "The twitch of a panther’s tail stirs the warm, thick South Florida air. Ever so slowly, the big cat slinks through the sawgrass, one carefully-placed paw at a time. He’s locked on to his prey, a bizarre group of Penguins…and Ducks…and Lightning and Blackhawks, and other strange creatures. Consumed..." June 12

  • Devils trade for Savard's contract

    TSN "The New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers completed a trade on Friday evening that sees the contract of veteran forward Marc Savard and a 2018 second-round draft pick head to the Devils in exchange for forwards Paul Thompson and Graham Black. The 38-year-old Savard has not played since..." June 11

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • What's next for Panthers? Breakdown of where roster stands entering offseason

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers have 48 players under contract, including prospects in the AHL. Here's a look at the 27 players who either finished the season with the Panthers (or played in the playoffs), with their contract status and what might be next: Center Aleksander Barkov 2016-17 salary status: Under..." June 07

  • Panthers hire Sabres assistant coach Dave Barr

    Pro Hockey Talk "Dave Barr has gone from an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres to the Florida Panthers coaching staff, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. This news follows a major organizational shake-up in the front office for the Panthers, and after the club fired assistant coach John..." June 03

  • Pass or Fail: Florida Panthers new jersey and logo

    Yahoo! Sports "The Florida Panthers unveiled their new jersey and logo Thursday at an event at the BB&T Center. The major changes include a stripe through the middle of the jersey, new shoulder patches, and a crest that shows “a more mature and stoic panther.” “The idea when we came into Florida and took..." June 03

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Canucks’ Benning explains McCann trade, draft strategy

    Sportsnet "When the Florida Panthers rang up the Vancouver Canucks asking for young forward Jared McCann, general manager Jim Benning moved quickly. He was looking for a big, play-now defenceman to skate in his top four, so once the Panthers were agreed to part with 6-foot-5 24-year-old Erik Gudbranson,..." May 27

  • Brian Campbell to Test Free Agency: Report

    The Hockey Writers "Veteran leader Brian Campbell may be headed to free agency rather than re-signing with the Florida Panthers, according the Miami Herald’s George Richards per general manager Tom Rowe. While details are scarce, it’s not entirely surprising, seeing as the veteran defender has strong underlying..." May 27

  • Panthers, agent refute report Gudbranson turned down 4-year deal

    The Score "It appears Erik Gudbranson didn't reject a longer contract offer from the Florida Panthers before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks after all. A report emerged Thursday saying the defenseman had turned down a four-year, $18-million contract with the Panthers prior to signing a one-year,..." May 27

  • New Panther McCann to ask Jagr about hair conditioner

    NHL.com "The Florida Panthers made their first big splash of what is expected to be an exciting offseason on Wednesday night, sending defenseman Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for center Jared McCann, a 2016 second-round pick and a 2016 fourth-round pick. McCann,..." May 27

  • Report: Panthers offering 6-year deal to Vincent Trocheck

    The Score "The Florida Panthers are reportedly looking to make a long-term commitment with Vincent Trocheck. The club is offering the restricted free agent a six-year contract, and while valuation appears to be a bit of a hangup at this point, neither side is concerned, according to George Richards of the..." May 26

  • Gudbranson turned down 4-year, $18M extension from Panthers

    The Score "Erik Gudbranson could have been with the Florida Panthers for a few more years at least. The young defenseman was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, circa two weeks after signing a one-year, $3.5-million contract extension with the team. According to George Richards of the Miami..." May 26

  • Canucks trade McCann, picks to Panthers for Gudbranson

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Jared McCann to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenceman Erik Gudbranson. The Canucks also sent their 2017 second and fourth round draft picks to the Panthers in the deal, and will get back a fifth round pick from the Panthers." May 26

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Jaromir Jagr reaches decision on World Cup participation

    Sportsnet "Jaromir Jagr will not participate in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The Florida Panthers star and the highest-scoring Czech player in 2015-16 told Czech Republic general manager Martin Rucinsky over a telephone call on the weekend that he would not be participating in September’s best-on-best..." May 24

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