Panthers Rumors & News

  • 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

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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