Panthers Rumors & News

  • 'Killer Bs' line showing their sting again

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers coach Gerard Gallant doesn't come off as a science buff, yet his constant search for the proper chemistry among his four lines resulted in a formula for offensive success late Tuesday night in the Pepsi Center. After two days of practice in Denver, Gallant reshuffled two lines, and..." October 23

  • Panthers pull out thrilling 4-3 OT win over Avalanche

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Perhaps the Florida Panthers should never come home. The Panthers, seemingly growing more confident and cohesive during every game on this weird nine-day, four-game road trip, received three goals from the reunited Killer Bs line, but needed an overtime goal by Brad Boyes to secure a wild 4-3..." October 22

  • Capitals top Panthers in shootout win

    CSN Washington "Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin scored on the Capitals’ first three attempts of the shootout and goaltender Justin Peters turned aside 20 of 21 shots through 65 minutes, along with a big stop on Jussi Jokinen in the shootout, to give the Caps their second straight..." October 19

  • Panthers and Roberto Luongo blank Sabres 1-0 for first win of season

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers finally listened to coach Gerard Gallant's pleadings and fired the puck at the opposing net all night. Although only one puck went in, Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made it stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Friday night at First Niagara Center, giving them their..." October 18

  • Ryan Whitney's Sochi wish gets Monkey Pawed

    Sporting News "Halloween is in a couple weeks. Let's get in the spirit of things by reading "The Monkey's Paw: Ryan Whitney Edition." Sometimes wishes go wrong, you see. Whitney, 31, signed a one-year deal with Sochi HC of the KHL. He'd played seven games with the Florida Panthers last season and spent..." October 16

  • Panthers’ Pirri frustrated after three straight healthy scratches to start season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brandon Pirri gave the Florida Panthers an offense boost after coming over from Chicago last season, scoring seven goals and 14 points in 21 games. This year, though, he’s had zero impact on the scoresheet — because his name hasn’t been on it. “We’re all a part of the same team,” Pirri told..." October 15

  • Panthers' low attendance in part due to policy changes

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Before the season, Panthers owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu decided to eliminate the disparities in ticket pricing that have alienated season-ticket holders in the past. They did away with a lot of discounted tickets and ticket giveaways. They blacked out sections in the upper bowl with..." October 15

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    Bruce Garrioch @SunGarrioch

    Expect Roberto Luongo to start tonight. #Sens #Panthers

  • Panthers' Derek MacKenzie takes advantage of rare power-play time

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers fourth-line center Derek MacKenzie is known for his faceoff and penalty-killing prowess so when desperate coach Gerard Gallant called his number to join the power-play unit late in the second period Saturday night, he was surprised to say the least. Seconds later MacKenzie, who was..." October 13

  • Panthers kick off season with record-low attendance

    Miami Herald "The Panthers home opener could have gone worse although it's hard to imagine how. Not only did New Jersey start its scoring less than three minutes in, but the Devils completely dominated the play in a 5-1 victory in front of a small contingent at BB&T Center. "The margin of error is so thin..." October 13

  • Devils’ scoring surge continues in win over Panthers

    New York Post "The Devils scored early and often to spoil the Panthers home opener. Damon Severson scored his first NHL goal to cap a four-goal opening period and the Devils chased Roberto Luongo early to beat the Panthers 5-1 on Saturday. Severson also got his first assist. Ryane Clowe, Mike Cammalleri,..." October 12

  • Bolts off to fast start with 3-2 OT win over Panthers

    Tampa Tribune "All the preseason hype, all the lofty expectations of a potentially prolonged season finally hit the on switch Thursday as the Lightning turned the lights on for the regular-season opener. It all started with a bang as defenseman Victor Hedman scored a power play goal 1:11 into overtime to give..." October 10

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Panthers name Willie Mitchell captain

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers have named veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell as their captain, according to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel. Mitchell, 37, signed a two-year deal with the Panthers in the offseason, after winning a pair of Stanley Cups with the Kings. He takes the ‘C’ from Ed..." October 06

  • Report: Panthers, O’Brien talking contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers and free agent defenseman Shane O’Brien are in the midst of contract talks according to ESPN’s Katie Strang. Strang reports that Panthers GM Dale Tallon had discussions with the agent representing O’Brien on Saturday and expects talks to continue Sunday. O’Brien, 31, was..." October 05

  • Florida cuts slew of prospects from camp

    Pro Hockey Talk "Youth certainly wasn’t served in Florida on Friday, as the Panthers cut a number of promising prospects from their training camp roster. Drew Shore, Quinton Howden, Vincent Trocheck, Alex Petrovic, Rocco Grimaldi and Mackenzie Weegar were all send to AHL San Antonio, GM Dale Tallon..." October 03

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers D Dmitry Kulikov left Thursday's game after blocking shot with his foot; back at practice today.

  • 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