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Devils backup goalie Scott Clemmensen played the third period against the Penguins on Tuesday and allowed three goals. | 10/28/2014 9:45 PM
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Devils backup goalie Scott Clemmensen played the third period against the Penguins on Tuesday and allowed three goals.
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He replaced Corey Schneider who posted a .783 save percentage through two periods. Clemmensen was even worse, allowing three goals on seven shots. Two of the goals came on the power play.
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played very well, but ultimately fell to the Coyotes on Saturday night. | 10/26/2014 10:07 AM
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Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played very well, but ultimately fell to the Coyotes on Saturday night.
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He stopped 39-of-41 shots on goal in a 2-1 loss. Luongo is now 2-2-2 with a 2.57 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He is clearly the top option in Florida, but his wins will be limited, as the team will struggle to stay consistent.
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played very well, but ultimately fell to the Coyotes on Saturday night. | 10/26/2014 10:07 AM
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Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo played very well, but ultimately fell to the Coyotes on Saturday night.
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Impact
He stopped 39-of-41 shots on goal in a 2-1 loss. Luongo is now 2-2-2 with a 2.57 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He is clearly the top option in Florida, but his wins will be limited, as the team will struggle to stay consistent.
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo picked up his second win of the season in Tuesday's overtime victory. | 10/22/2014 10:03 AM
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Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo picked up his second win of the season in Tuesday's overtime victory.
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He stopped 30-0f-33 shots on goal, and help defeat the Avalanche 4-3. Luongo is now 2-2-1 with a 2.72 GAA and a .906 save percentage.
Panthers forward Brad Boyes scored with under five minutes to go in the third period on Saturday to earn a point for Florida. | 10/18/2014 10:35 PM
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Panthers forward Brad Boyes scored with under five minutes to go in the third period on Saturday to earn a point for Florida.
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The Captials led the game, 1-0, for over 52 minutes in the game, but Boyes power play goal sent the contest to overtime. The Panthers lost in the shootout, but still earned a point.
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo earned his first shutout of the season. | 10/17/2014 9:47 PM
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Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo earned his first shutout of the season.
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It was also his and the team's first win of 2014-15. Luongo stopped all 26 shots, but will continue to be a risky play in regards to wins, as Florida is not a projected playoff team.
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo allowed just one goal against the Senators on Monday and lost, 1-0. | 10/13/2014 10:13 PM
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Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo allowed just one goal against the Senators on Monday and lost, 1-0.
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Impact
Luongo stopped 22-of-23 shots for a .957 save percentage, but it was not enough to lead Florida to victory. The Senators crashed the net hard, and Luongo looked shaken up a few times, but he played the entire game besides when Florida went with an empty net.
Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen is enjoying his time on the team's top line with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau according to Panthers.com. | 10/11/2014 11:43 AM
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Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen is enjoying his time on the team's top line with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau according to Panthers.com.
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Impact
Jokinen was one of the better skaters on the ice in Florida's season opener and effectively crashed the net. If there is a hole on your bench, Jokinen is worth considering.
Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal to send a game against the Lightning into overtime on Thursday. | 10/09/2014 10:31 PM
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Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal to send a game against the Lightning into overtime on Thursday.
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Huberdeau scored on a wrister at the 9:16 mark of the third period. That goal tied the game, 2-2. The Lightning won on the power play in overtime. Huberdeau finished with a plus-one rating and three shots.
Panthers Brian Campbell is the team's best defenseman, but he is not a worthwhile fantasy player. | 09/26/2014 8:15 PM
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Panthers Brian Campbell is the team's best defenseman, but he is not a worthwhile fantasy player.
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Impact
Campbell logs heavy minutes but does not take many shots and is very disciplined, so he does very little to help fantasy teams. He might be able to score some on the power play, but Dmitry Kulikov and Aaron Ekblad are better offensive options.
Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann is a worthy bench player for your fantasy hockey team this season. | 09/26/2014 8:10 PM
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Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann is a worthy bench player for your fantasy hockey team this season.
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Impact
Fleischmann had an awful 2013-2014 season with 28 points, which is his lowest in seven years. In his first season in Florida, he scored 27 goals and 34 assists, both career highs. We don't expect him to get very close to his 27 goal total from three years ago, but 60 points is not out of the question.
Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau is very familiar with Florida's new head coach Gerald Gallant. | 09/26/2014 8:01 PM
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Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau is very familiar with Florida's new head coach Gerald Gallant.
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Impact
Huberdeau had an amazing junior career while playing under Gallant with the Saint John Sea Dogs. After winning the Calder Trophy in 2012-2013, Huberdeau struggled somewhat with the poor team performance last year. Look for Huberdeau to rebound under his old coach and with a pleathora of young talent around him.
Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad became the first rookie to lead the team in scoring last year. | 09/26/2014 7:56 PM
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Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad became the first rookie to lead the team in scoring last year.
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Impact
Bjugstad had 16 goals and 22 assists in 76 games this season. His 38 points was also the lowest amount to ever lead a NHL team in an 82-game season. We see him increasing those totals this year, but it is unlikely he leads the team in scoring again with a healthy Aleksander Barkov and the addition of Jussi Jokinen.
Panthers forward Brad Boyes feels much more comfortable at training camp this season than he did a year ago according to Miami Herald. | 09/26/2014 7:49 PM
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Panthers forward Brad Boyes feels much more comfortable at training camp this season than he did a year ago according to Miami Herald.
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Boyes was stuck in a hotel in training camp last year, and he also said it was nice to see familiar faces rather than worried about fitting into a new locker room. He led the team with 21 goals a season ago and could do so again this year.
Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen is playing alongside fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov in training camp. | 09/26/2014 7:44 PM
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Panthers winger Jussi Jokinen is playing alongside fellow Finn Aleksander Barkov in training camp.
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As excited as we are about the 19-year-old Aleksander Barkov, Jokinen will not be as productive this year as he was a season ago while playing with Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. Last season, Jokinen scored 21 goals, most since 2009-2010, and 36 assists, most since 2005-2006. Expect more like 15 goals and 25-30 assists this year. Jokinen saw top-six minutes for the Penguins last season and finished with 21 goals and 57 points, both his most since 2009-10. However, he'll go from having Evgeni Malkin as his center to 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad, 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov or fellow free agent signee Dave Bolland.
Panthers center Alexsander Barkov has the potential to score 30 goals this season. | 09/26/2014 7:38 PM
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Panthers center Alexsander Barkov has the potential to score 30 goals this season.
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Our projections have him scoring between 15 and 20, but his high upside makes him a good gamble in the middle rounds of the draft. Barkov is just 19 years old and how productive he is will depend greatly on how much the Panthers can improve under new head coach Gerald Gallant. Barkov will be the top-line center.
Panthers have high hopes for MacKenzie Weegar | 07/20/2014 11:10 AM
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Florida general manager Dale Tallon sees offensive defenseman MacKenzie Weegar running the Panthers' power play sooner or later.
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Weegar scored 103 points in 123 games in his two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Although Weegar has made strides, recent events suggest he might have to wait a while to become part of the Panthers' plans. The team re-signed Dmitry Kulikov and Dylan Olsen recently. Erik Gudbranson was just given a two-year deal while veterans such as Brian Campbell and the recently acquired Willie Mitchell are expected to lead the group. Once No. 1 pick Aaron Ekblad is signed, the Panthers could conceivably have their six defensemen wrapped up before training camp starts in a few months. "I think I was a little bit more positionally sound," said Weegar, 20, who was the Panthers' last pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. "There are still a lot more things to improve on. I haven't skated much this summer. We still have a few more months left before the big camp and I'll show up better."
Dmitry Kulikov signs three-year extension | 07/18/2014 12:31 PM
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Dmitry Kulikov has signed a three-year, $13 million contract extension with the Florida Panthers.
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Impact
Kulikov was a restricted free agent after completing his two-year, $5 million deal. He had 19 points and 66 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The Panthers were one of the worst teams offensively last season and while they won't be great in 2014-15, they should at least approach the level of mediocrity and that will help Kulikov reach the 25-point mark for the third time in his career.
Florida signs Brandon Pirri to two-year deal | 07/16/2014 1:52 PM
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Brandon Pirri has agreed to a two-year extension with the Florida Panthers.
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The Panthers acquired Pirri from Chicago in March in exchange for a third round pick and a fifth round selection. He had 13 goals and 25 points in 49 games between the two teams last season.
Dylan Olsen, Panthers agree to terms | 07/14/2014 8:22 PM
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The Florida Panthers have signed Dylan Olsen to a two-year contract extension.
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Olsen was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had three goals and 12 points in 44 games in 2013-14.
Garrett Wilson inks a two-way contract | 07/14/2014 8:21 PM
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The Florida Panthers have signed Garrett Wilson to a one-year, two-way contract.
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Impact
Wilson had 30 points and 58 penalty minutes in 71 AHL games last season. He also played in three games with Florida, but he didn't accumulate any points or penalty minutes.
Florida re-signs Ryan Martindale | 07/14/2014 8:19 PM
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Ryan Martindale has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers.
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Martindale has eight goals and 24 points in 59 AHL games last season. He was acquired by the Panthers from Edmonton in January in exchange for Steve Pinizzotto.
Matheson will stick with Boston College | 07/14/2014 9:43 AM
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Michael Matheson plans to return to Boston College for the 2014-15 campaign.
Miami Herald

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Matheson had three goals and 21 points in 38 NCAA games in 2013-14. Florida took him with the 23rd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Rau will return to Minnesota for senior year | 07/14/2014 9:41 AM
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Kyle Rau plans to remain in the NCAA for the 2014-15 campaign so that he can complete his degree with the University of Minnesota.
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Rau had 14 goals and 40 points in 41 NCAA games last season. The Florida Panthers took him in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. "I want to get my education and we're going to have a good team next year so that played a part," said Rau. "People may say I'm nuts for not coming to the [Panthers] now, but I look forward to possibly signing here a year from now."
Recovering Aleksander Barkov looks good: GM | 07/13/2014 10:35 AM
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Center Aleksander Barkov took the final two days of the Florida Panthers' recent development camp off, with general manager Dale Tallon saying he doesn't want to take any risks with the star.
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Barkov, 18, missed the final two months of last season after re-injuring his knee at the Winter Olympics. Barkov said his injury continues to heal. "He has nothing to prove to me," Tallon said. "We brought him in just to look at him, evaluate him. He looks good."
Florida gives Erik Gudbranson an extension | 07/10/2014 11:43 AM
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The Florida Panthers have signed Erik Gudbranson to a two-year extension.
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Impact
The financial terms of Gudbranson's agreement weren't immediately known. He had nine points and 114 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Panthers last season. "Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "He is a big, strong and physical defenseman who is one of the building blocks for our team. We look forward to his continued development and his contributions to the South Florida community."
Jimmy Hayes has an arbitration hearing date | 07/09/2014 4:20 PM
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Jimmy Hayes is set to have his arbitration hearing on July 29.
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Hayes is coming off of his entry-level contract. He had 11 goals and 18 points in 53 games last season.
Grimaldi has outside shot of making Panthers | 07/09/2014 9:42 AM
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Although he's a long shot, Rocco Grimaldi isn't being ruled out as a contender to make the Panthers' opening game roster.
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"He might just be that guy that says, 'You know what? Brendan Gallagher did it in Montreal and I'm not going to San Antonio,'" Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland said. "It's on him to decide, for him to make the decisions really hard on the coaches in September and October." Grimaldi had 17 goals and 39 points in 42 NCAA games last season. He was taken by Florida with the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Tallon isn't promising Ekblad a roster spot | 07/08/2014 9:38 PM
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Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon isn't guaranteeing Aaron Ekblad a spot on the team's opening game roster after selecting him with the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Impact
"We'll have a good, long look at him at training camp," Tallon said. "If he's ready, he's ready. If not, well, [Jonathan] Huberdeau went back. Guys come back better players." Huberdeau was taken with the third overall pick in 2011 and went on to win the Calder Trophy in 2013. Ekblad might not have much fantasy value in 2014-15, but we do think he'll at least make the team's opening game roster.
Greg Zanon agrees to a two-way deal | 07/08/2014 5:54 PM
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Greg Zanon has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.
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Zanon's two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche was bought out last summer. He's a veteran of 493 NHL games, but he spent the 2013-14 campaign with the AHL San Antonio Rampage. He had four assists and 34 penalty minutes in 24 games in the minors.
Brett Olson joins the Panthers' organization | 07/08/2014 5:52 PM
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Brett Olson has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers.
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Impact
Olson had 17 goals and 44 points in 75 AHL games with the Abbotsford Heat in 2013-14. He'll help out the AHL San Antonio Rampage, but he's unlikely to get much, if any, playing time with the Panthers.
Morris, Kelly added as Panthers coaches | 07/08/2014 9:49 AM
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Mark Morris and Mike Kelly have been hired by the Panthers to serve as assistant coaches under Gerard Gallant.
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Impact
Morris spent eight seasons serving as the AHL Manchester Monarchs' head coach. Kelly is already familiar with Gallant as Kelly worked under him when Gallant was the head coach of the QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs. John Madden will also retain his previous position as an assistant coach with the Panthers.
Jimmy Hayes signs on for arbitration | 07/05/2014 5:39 PM
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Jimmy Hayes is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.
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Impact
He filed for salary arbitration, but hearings won't start until July 20. Hayes played two games with Chicago last season before he was traded to Florida. In 53 matches with the Panthers, he accounted for 11 goals and seven assists.
Kovalev retires from hockey | 07/05/2014 9:22 AM
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Former NHL player Alexei Kovalev has officially hung up his skates for good.
Miami Herald

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Kovalev retired from the NHL last season but skated with a second-tier Swiss team, EHC Visp, in 2013-14. The 41-year-old indicated that injuries were the main reason for his retirement. Kovalev played in 1,316 NHL regular-season games the most of any Russian-born player. He scored 430 goals and registered 599 assists for 1,029 points during his 22-year NHL carrer. We wish the enigamtic one well. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/03/4216684/alex-kovalev-calls-it-a-career.html#storylink=cpy
The Panthers signed Dave Bolland to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Tuesday. | 07/03/2014 1:12 PM
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The Panthers signed Dave Bolland to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Tuesday.
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Impact
It's a massive overpay for a player who isn't a top-line caliber center. Bolland suffered a severed tendon in his ankle last season and played just 23 games for Toronto.
Jussi Jokinen will likely see a decrese in fantasy value after signing with the Florida Panthers Tuesday. | 07/03/2014 1:07 PM
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Jussi Jokinen will likely see a decrese in fantasy value after signing with the Florida Panthers Tuesday.
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Impact
Jokinen saw top-six minutes for the Penguins last season and finished with 21 goals and 57 points, both his most since 2009-10. However, he'll go from having Evgeni Malkin as his center to 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad, 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov or fellow free agent signee Dave Bolland.
Jussi Jokinen will likely see a decrese in fantasy value after signing with the Florida Panthers Tuesday. | 07/03/2014 1:06 PM
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Jussi Jokinen will likely see a decrese in fantasy value after signing with the Florida Panthers Tuesday.
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Impact
Jokinen saw top-six minutes for the Penguins last season and finished with 21 goals and 57 points, both his most since 2009-10. However, he'll go from having Evgeni Malkin as his center to 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad or 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov.
Blake Parlett signs a two-way contract | 07/02/2014 12:57 PM
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Blake Parlett has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers.
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Impact
Parlett had four goals and 23 points in 62 games with the AHL Springfield Falcons and Providence Bruins in 2013-14. The 25-year-old blueliner hasn't made his NHL debut yet.
Florida inks goalie prospect Sam Brittain | 07/02/2014 12:56 PM
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Sam Brittain has inked an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.
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Impact
Brittain had a 2.22 GAA and .929 save percentage in 39 games with the University of Denver. The Panthers took him with the 92nd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Tallon thrilled with how Day 1 of UFA went | 07/02/2014 10:23 AM
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Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is very happy with how July 1 went for his team.
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Impact
The Panthers added defenseman Willie Mitchell, goaltender Al Montoya, and forwards David Bolland, Jussi Jokinen, Derek MacKenzie, and Shawn Thornton. "It was a great day for our franchise, and we exceeded expectations," Tallon said. Jokinen and Bolland in particular were expensive additions, but the Panthers still have plenty of cap space remaining.
Panthers lure Willie Mitchell to Florida | 07/01/2014 5:02 PM
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The Florida Panthers have signed Willie Mitchell.
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Impact
It's a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. Mitchell doesn't do enough offensively to make him noteworthy in standard fantasy leagues, but he's a top-four defenseman that will bring a wealth of playoff experience to the Florida Panthers.
Derek MacKenzie signs on with Florida | 07/01/2014 2:01 PM
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The Florida Panthers have signed Derek MacKenzie to a three-year/$3.9 million contract.
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Impact
The former Columbus Blue Jacket was solid the last few seasons and the Panthers will get themselves a nice bottom-six forward whose fantasy value is limited at best.
Panthers ink Shawn Thornton to 2-year deal | 07/01/2014 1:27 PM
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The Florida Panthers have signed Shawn Thornton to a two-year/$2.4 million deal.
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Impact
The Panthers needed some grit and tenacity up front and Shawn Thornton will provide just that. He had eight points and 74 penalty minutes in 64 games with Boston last season and should get over 100 minutes next year with the Panthers.
Florida inks Jussi Jokinen to a 4-year deal | 07/01/2014 12:40 PM
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The Florida Panthers have signed Jussi Jokinen to a four-year, $16 million contract.
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Impact
Jokinen got a second chance with Pittsburgh after Carolina soured on him and he made the most of it. He had 21 goals and 57 points in 81 games in 2013-14. He should get top-six minutes in Florida and is a fair bet to surpass the 50-point mark again next season.
Panthers will be aggressive in UFA market | 07/01/2014 10:04 AM
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The Florida Panthers could prove to be one of the major players during the unrestricted free agent period.
Miami Herald

Impact
Panthers GM Dale Tallon vowed to be aggressive in his pursuit of UFAs and he has the cap space to make a big splash. The only question is if he'll be able to convince free agents that they'd have a chance to win the Stanley Cup with Florida. That's a tough sell given the Panthers' lackluster history.
Ed Jovanovski placed on buyout waivers | 06/29/2014 12:15 PM
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It looks like the wheels are in motion for the Florida Panthers to buy out defenseman Ed Jovanovski.
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Impact
The team placed him on buyout waivers on Sunday, so he's almost certainly going to go through that process. The banged-up veteran blueliner has one season remaining on a deal that carries a $4.125 million cap hit.
Coach John Madden will stick with Panthers | 06/29/2014 10:44 AM
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The Florida Panthers plan to keep assistant coach John Madden.
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Impact
That's despite the fact that they changed head coaches from Peter Horachek to Gerard Gallant. Brian Skrudland, another holdover from Horachek's staff, might also serve under Gallant.
Florida told Jace Hawryluk they wold take him | 06/28/2014 4:04 PM
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Jace Hawryluk was told by Florida GM Dale Tallon that the team would pick him if he was available at the second pick of Round 2.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
"Anything can change but they honored their promise and it means a lot to me," said Hawryluk. "It's a dream come true, you work your whole life to come to this moment. To hear your name called out, it's hard to explain, a lot of emotions right now, pretty jittery." He led the Brandon Wheat Kings in scoring with 64 points in 59 games this past season. He's expected to be back in the WHL next year.
Panthers take Jace Hawryluk early in Round 2 | 06/28/2014 10:38 AM
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The Florida Panthers grabbed Jace Hawryluk with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 draft.
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Impact
NHL Central Scouting's B.J. MacDonald describes Hawryluk as "spunky" with "a good work ethic." MacDonald says that Hawrluk plays big and with a lot of grit despite his 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame. He also has "decent hands and good instincts, and definitely had a tremendous second half" to his OHL season with Brandon.
Jovanovksi is a candidate for a buyout | 06/28/2014 10:21 AM
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There is still a chance that 38-year-old defenseman Ed Jovanovksi's contract could be bought out by the Panthers.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
The veteran rearguard made a courageous comeback from a serious hip injury last season but there may not be any room for him on the Florida blueline should Aaron Ekblad make the Panthers out of training camp. Jovocop has one year left on his deal and would like to return. For now, GM Dale Tallon stated that nothing has changed in regard to Jovanovski's status. Stay tuned.
Ekblad believes he's ready for the NHL | 06/28/2014 10:11 AM
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Aaron Ekblad, the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft, believes he is ready to play in the NHL right now.
Miami Herald

Impact
Well the Panthers, who did not trade the first pick despite the fact they had numerous offers, sure hope he is. For his part, Ekblad does not lack confidence. "I can step into the NHL next year," he said. On being the first defenseman to go first overall in the draft since Erik Johnson in 2006 Ekblad said the following: "That is the burden of expectation. I chase it. I want that burden of expectation. I want that feel for motivation and I want to succeed under that." He may not be a significant fantasy asset in 2014-15, but Ekblad should be a strong two-way defenseman who will anchor a power play and register 40-50 points per season once he matures. He is worth investing in. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/28/4207133/panthers-take-ekblad-with-no-1.html#storylink=cpy
Panthers grab Aaron Ekblad with 2014 top pick | 06/27/2014 7:19 PM
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The Florida Panthers have taken Aaron Ekblad with the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Impact
Ekblad is a confident player who has NHL size, toughness, skating ability and the smarts to play in the NHL next year, and eventually become a top-pair stalwart. He is an excellent two-way blueliner, with a three-zone game and a balance between his offensive and defensive game. Ekblad is skilled with the puck, his shot is heavy and accurate and he possesses great vision and poise. He complements his offensive game well with ruggedness, an active stick and solid positioning on the defensive side. He is very hard on himself and could stand to be more physically assertive at the next level. In 2013-14, Barrie's captain was named the OHL's most outstanding defenseman, leading all rearguards with 23 goals and finishing finishing tied for fifth with 53 points. There was a lot of speculation that the Panthers might deal this pick, but in Ekblad they're getting a player that will make an immediate impact in the NHL.
Tallon: 70% chance Panthers keep No. 1 pick | 06/27/2014 9:45 AM
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Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon thinks there's a "70 percent" chance he'll end up keeping the first overall pick.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
The Panthers have been open about their interest in trading the selection, but they haven't pulled the trigger yet despite receiving offers that have been "over and above probably what we imagined we'd get for the pick." Perhaps Tallon is simply holding out to see if he can get a little more before the draft. We'll know for sure soon enough.
Matt Gilroy departs for the KHL | 06/26/2014 3:05 PM
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Matt Gilroy has signed a one-year deal with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the KHL.
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Impact
He appeared in 42 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL during the 2013-14 season, where he recorded 10 goals and 21 points. Gilroy also suited up in 16 games for the Florida Panthers.
Panthers GM ready to make some moves | 06/24/2014 10:24 AM
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Florida GM Dale Tallon is looking for established players to improve his roster.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
"Maybe it's time to package some of our youth in a deal," he said. "We have 12 kids over 6-3 who are under 23 in our system. So we have enough youth now that it won't affect the future. We have 10 picks next year. We have the No. 1 and No. 32 pick this year."
Roberto Luongo returns to Vancouver on Jan. 8 | 06/22/2014 10:29 PM
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Roberto Luongo will make his return to Vancouver on January 8.
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Impact
Luongo was dealt from the Canucks to the Panthers on March 4 and this will be his first appearance in Vancouver since the deal. It should be interesting to see how much, if any, booing will occur.
Huberdeau is excited about hiring of Gallant | 06/22/2014 9:40 AM
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Jonathan Huberdeau is looking forward to being reunited with new Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant.
Miami Herald

Impact
Huberdeau played for the Saint Jon Sea Dogs when Gallant was coaching that team. "It's good to be reunited with him, and I think things are going to be good with him here," said Huberdeau. "I'm excited for this. He's a guy who is intense and into the game. He keeps you up throughout the game. I think the guys are going to react to him. He wants what is best for the players." Panthers GM Dale Tallon is hoping that Gallant's prior success in the juniors will allow him to get the most out of Florida's young players.
Cats' Huberdeau reunited with coach Gallant | 06/21/2014 2:51 PM
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Jonathan Huberdeau is familiar with new Florida coach Gerard Gallant.
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Impact
Gallant was the bench boss of Huberdeau's QMJHL team, the Saint Jon Sea Dogs, for three seasons. Huberdeau was the captain of the squad in 2011-2012. The 21-year-old forward struggled through his sophomore season, but perhaps a reunion with Gallant can get him back on track and help him regain his confidence.
Panthers hire Gerard Gallant as head coach | 06/21/2014 2:45 PM
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Gerard Gallant has been named the new head coach of the Florida Panthers.
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He has spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens. "We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers," said GM Dale Tallon. "He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach. Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team."
Gallant likely to be named Cats' coach | 06/21/2014 10:05 AM
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It looks as if Gerrard Gallant will be the Florida Panthers' next head coach.
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At least that's according to Sportsnet's Doug MacLean, who said he had not doubt about Gallant's appointment. Reports have Gallant, who was an assistant coach with the Cats' AHL affiliate during the 1999-2000 season, being named as Florida's bench boss in a news conference Monday. Gallant served as the Canadiens' assistant coach this past season and has been a head coach in the NHL with the Blue Jackets.
Report: Brian Campbell wants to be traded | 06/18/2014 12:11 PM
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Brian Campbell reportedly would like the Florida Panthers to trade him.
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Is there much of a market for Campbell though? He's certainly a valuable offensive defenseman and although he's 35 years old, he should still have some strong seasons ahead of him. However, he comes with a $7,142,875 annual cap hit through 2015-16 and that's likely to scare off teams that would otherwise be interested in the veteran puck-moving defenseman. The Panthers can make things easier by agreeing to retain part of his cap hit, but they might not be inclined to do so if they didn't want to move him in the first place.
Panthers will name head coach before draft | 06/17/2014 9:24 AM
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The Florida Panthers are expected to name their next head coach before the draft.
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As previously mentioned, Panthers GM Dale Tallon has reportedly narrowed the list of candidates to five people. It's believed that former Penguin coach Dan Bylsma, as well as veteran bench bosses Ron Wilson and Marc Crawford are in the running.
Panthers narrow field to 5 for coaching job | 06/14/2014 9:50 AM
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The Panthers have apparently narrowed the field to five for their coaching vacancy.
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Former Penguin coach Dan Bylsma seems to be the favourite for the Cats' head coaching job but Ron Wilson, Marc Crawford, Gerard Gallant and Bill Peters also are in the running. Look for a decision to be made by GM Dale Tallon no later than this coming Monday.
Panthers significantly alter sales staff | 06/03/2014 9:34 AM
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The Florida Panthers have reportedly fired 30 employees with the majority of those being from the team's sales staff.
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The Florida Panthers have been losing millions annually and ranked 29th in average attendance in 2013-14, so it's not surprising that the ownership wanted to shake things up. Still, the team's attendance isn't likely to get much better unless the on-ice product starts to improve. Florida has only made the playoffs once since 2000.
Florida inks prospect Steven Hodges | 06/02/2014 6:12 PM
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Florida has signed Steven Hodges to an entry-level contract.
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"We are happy to have reached a contract agreement with Steven," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "He is another one of our young prospects who will have the opportunity to grow and develop within our organization." Hodges had 21 goals and 47 points in 52 games with Victoria of the WHL this past season. Florida selected him in the third round (84th overall) of the 2012 draft.
Add Bill Peters to Cats' coaching candidates | 06/01/2014 10:18 AM
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You can Red Wing Assistant Coach Bill Peters to the growing list of candidates for the Panthers' head coaching position.
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Florida GM Tale Tallon has been talking to quite a number of inidividuals to fill the Cats' bench boss position. Other candidates besides Peters include, Canadiens' assistant Gerard Gallant, Tom Renney and Marc Crawford. Tallon hopes to have the vacancy filled in the next few weeks and before the NHL entry draft.
Cats' GM Tallon still trying to move #1 pick | 05/31/2014 10:49 AM
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Florida GM Dale Tallon continues to shop the top pick in next month's entry draft.
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Tallon is looking for a couple on NHL ready defensemen and is willing to part with the first overall pick in the June draft to get them. Many experts believe the top four picks will be Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart and Leon Draisaitl. Ekblad is a defenseman who may interest Tallon but he may want to stock his roster with players who can contribute now and will therefore continue to talk trade. Stay tuned.
Panthers sign prospect D MacKenzie Weegar | 05/29/2014 5:15 PM
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MacKenzie Weegar has inked an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.
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"We are pleased to have reached a contract agreement with MacKenzie," GM Dale Tallon said. "He is a young and mobile defenseman with an offensive upside, who will continue to grow and develop at the professional level." He recorded 12 goals and 59 points in 61 games Halifax in the QMJHL this past season. He also added 22 points in 16 playoff contests. The Panthers selected MacKenzie in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.
Jon Matsumoto will play in Germany | 05/27/2014 6:44 PM
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Jon Matsumoto will spend the 2014-15 campaign in Germany.
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Matsumoto had six goals and 11 points in 29 games with the AHL San Antonio Rampage in 2013-14. The 27-year-old forward has two goals in 14 career NHL contests.
Huberdeau has decent showing a IIHF tourney | 05/24/2014 11:41 AM
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Jonathan Huberdeau had a decent showing at the IIHF World Hockey Championships the past two weeks.
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He scored a goal and registered five points in eight games for Canada. Huberdeau was also a plus five for the tournament. The Panthers will be expecting much more than the 28 points he registered in 69 games this past NHL season. After showing his ability by winning the Calder Trohpy as the NHL's top rookie in 2012-13, Huberdeau may be poised for a bounce-back campaign in 2014-15.
Marc Crawford on Panthers' coaching list | 05/17/2014 10:49 AM
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Former NHL coach Marc Crawford may be on Florida GM Dale Tallon's short list of bench-boss candidates.
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Crawford guided the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in 1996 over Florida and has an impressive coaching record of 549-421-103 record with 78 overtime losses over a 15 year career that has seen stops in Colorado, Vancouver, LA and Dallas. Crawford, who coached in Switzerland the last two seasons, admitted to speaking to the Panthers amongst other NHL teams looking for head coaches.
Gudbranson scores for Canada in loss | 05/10/2014 10:32 AM
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Erik Gudbranson scored a goal for Canada in a 3-2 overtime loss to France on Friday at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.
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It was a go-ahead goal halfway through the third period that was set up by Colorado's Nathan McKinnon. Of course the French later tied the game and won it in overtime on goal by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in a shootout.
Peter Mueller will play for the U.S. at WHC | 05/08/2014 10:53 AM
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Peter Mueller will be playing for Team USA at the World Hockey Championship when the tournament begins Friday.
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Mueller registered 24 goals and 46 points in 49 games with Kloten in Switzerland's top league this past season. If he has a strong showing then perhaps he can stir up interest from NHL teams. In 297 appearances with Phoenix, Colorado and Florida, Mueller has generated 63 goals and 160 points.
Rocco Grimaldi set to begin his pro career | 05/08/2014 10:45 AM
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Rocco Grimaldi will probably begin the 2014-15 campaign in the minors with AHL San Antonio.
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The Panthers signed him to an entry-level contract on Wednesday. "We are very pleased to have reached a contract agreement with Rocco," GM Dale Tallon said in a statement. "He is a hard-working forward who possesses speed along with great vision on the ice. We look forward to his continued growth and development within our organization." He'll participate in training camp with the club this fall, where he will look to make a positive first impression.
Shayne Taker signs with the Panthers | 05/07/2014 5:43 PM
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Shayne Taker has agreed to a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers.
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Taker had four goals and 18 points in 40 games with Notre Dame in 2013-14. It was the 24-year-old's fourth season in the NCAA and he set career-highs in goals and assists.
Rocco Grimaldi signs an entry-level deal | 05/07/2014 3:02 PM
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Rocco Grimaldi has inked an entry-level deal with the Florida Panthers.
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Grimaldi had 17 goals and 39 points in 42 games with the University of North Dakota in 2013-14. He was taken in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Laviolette in running for Panther's job | 05/04/2014 9:19 AM
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Peter Laviolette is one of three candidates on Florida GM Dale Tallon's short list to coach the Panthers next season.
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Laviolette, who is coaching Team U.S.A. at the World Championships that start next week, has many connections to Tallon. There will be competition for Laviolette's services, though. The Predators will likely also be one of his suitors.
Florida Panthers open to trading top pick | 05/02/2014 2:29 PM
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The Florida Panthers is interested in trading the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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"I'm open for business," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "You have three options, you either take it, move back, or trade it. So that's what we're looking at. What's the best deal for our future, that's the key." Tallon went on to specify that he plans to actively shop the pick rather than just wait to see what offers come his way. The Panthers already have a young core and there's no clear top pick in this year's draft, so it's not hard to see why Florida would be interested in a trade.
Columnist: Jovanovski snaubbed for Masterton | 05/01/2014 10:32 AM
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Harvey Fialkov of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel feels Ed Jovanovski was snubbed for a nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
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He contends that Jovanovski is "believed to be the first professional athlete in the four major team sports in the U.S. to make it back from major hip surgery, a technique called hip resurfacing or one step below a complete hip replacement." The 37-year-old blueliner appeared in 37 games with the Panthers this past season. He contributed five points, while serving as a leader for a young group off and on the ice.
Panthers cut ties with coach Peter Horachek | 04/29/2014 11:59 AM
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The Florida Panthers have fired head coach Peter Horachek.
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Horachek only ended up spending part of one season with the Panthers. The team went 26-36-4 under his guidance. "Peter worked very diligently since taking over as interim head coach in November, but at this time we feel that a fresh approach and a new direction is needed behind our bench," GM Dale Tallon said.
Horachek's fate to be decided soon | 04/26/2014 10:32 AM
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Florida GM Dale Tallon will soon have to make a decision to remove the interim tag from Peter Horachek's title as Panthers' coach, or hire a new bench boss for his team.
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The decision will apparently be made by early next month and will not be impacted by the firing of assistant GM Mike Santos, who brought Horachek into the Panthers' organization. Horachek guided the Panthers to a 26-36-4 record but was limited to a roster of rookies and many AHL players for the last quarter of the season.
Panthers sign prospect Connor Brickley | 04/22/2014 7:37 AM
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Florida has signed Connor Brickley to a two-year, entry-level contract.
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He produced 15 points in 35 games this season for the University of Vermont and finished the season with Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio, where he had a goal and an assist in eight outings. "It's good to see. He's a hard-nosed kid that hits hard and skates hard," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "He's going to be a guy who fills a great role and a great need for our franchise, a guy with some tremendous hitting ability and with a lot of inspiration, desire and spirit." Brickley was selected in the second round (50th overall) of the 2010 draft.
USA adds Jimmy Hayes to WHC roster | 04/19/2014 9:56 AM
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Jimmy Hayes will represent Team USA at the World Hockey Championships in May.
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The tournament runs from May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. Hayes produced 11 goals and 18 points in 55 games this past season with Florida and Chicago. He skated in just two games with the Blackhawks before being moved to the Panthers.
Vincent Trocheck will play for USA at WHC | 04/19/2014 9:53 AM
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Vincent Trocheck will suit up for the United States next month in the World Hockey Championships.
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He notched five goals and eight points in 20 games with Florida this year, while earning 42 points in 55 games with AHL San Antonio. The Rampage won't qualify for the playoffs, but his playing days won't come to an end this spring until the IIHF tournament is over.
Jonathan Huberdeau named to Canada for WHC | 04/19/2014 9:47 AM
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Jonathan Huberdeau will play for Canada at the World Hockey Championships next month.
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After winning the Calder Trophy in 2012-13, Huberdeau struggled in his sophomore campaign. He picked up nine goals and 28 points in 69 games after he registered 14 markers and 31 points in 48 contests during his rookie season. He'll try to gain some confidence back on a young Canadian squad at the tournament.
Erik Gudbranson will play in WHC for Canada | 04/19/2014 9:42 AM
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Erik Gudbranson will represent Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in May.
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In 66 games this season, he earned nine points and 114 penalty minutes for the Florida Panthers.
Shore to play for U.S.A at IIHF Championships | 04/18/2014 10:31 AM
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Drew Shore is one of five Florida Panthers who will compete in next month's IIHF World Hockey Championships in Belarus.
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Shore along with Vincent Trocheck, and Jimmy Hayes will play for the United States, while Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau will play for Canada. Not too shabby for a team that was as awful as the Panthers were this past season.
Florida Panthers win top pick in 2014 draft | 04/15/2014 8:23 PM
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The Florida Panthers were awarded the first overall selection for this June's NHL Entry Draft, winning the selection lottery on Tuesday night.
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Florida owned the NHL's second worst record in 2013-14, compiling a 29-49-8 record while earning 62 points. The Panthers had an 18.8% chance at winning the top pick, pushing aside the league-worst Buffalo Sabres, who had a 25% chance at drawing the number one selection. GM Dale Tallon now has a lot of options going into the off-season, with around $30-million of spending money at his disposal and a choice between the top three prospects Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart
GM thinks G Roberto Luongo can draw stars | 04/15/2014 10:45 AM
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Florida general manager Dale Tallon is confident that he can bring key players to the Panthers in the off-season partly because he acquired established goalie Roberto Luongo during the season.
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With a top-end goalie like Luongo as a key selling point, Tallon is confident players will want to come south and help put the Panthers back on track. "You sell winning, the desire to win,'' Tallon said. "We now have the ability to put the pieces together, and that's what players want. . .I was denied for two years in Chicago. We were an Original Six team, great city. No one wanted to come because the perception was we didn't want to win. That perception has gone away, and it has gone away here. We're going to get guys who want to win.''
Ed Jovanovski unsure about his future | 04/14/2014 11:17 AM
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Ed Jovanovski isn't sure if he'll be back next year to play out the final season of his contract.
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"I'll sit down with [Tallon] in the next couple of week and look at next year," he said. "No one's pointing a gun to each other's head to make decisions right now. I have another year on my contract. I want to play. Can I is a different situation." He missed 41 games this season after a hip resurfacing procedure.
Panthers GM wants to make roster additions | 04/14/2014 10:54 AM
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Florida GM Dale Tallon plans to be active this off-season.
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"I'm disappointed in the year; I'm disappointed in a lot of things," he said. "I'm moving forward. We're going to fix it. We've got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we're going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to." He has a shopping list that includes two veteran NHL defensemen and a "sniper" for the club's forward group. There's also a chance that interim coach Peter Horachek will be brought back for next season.
Ed Jovanovski receives fine, not suspension | 04/13/2014 5:35 PM
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Florida Panthers veteran defenseman Ed Jovanovski received a $5,000 fine for his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Corey Tropp.
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Jovanovski receive a five-minute major and game misconduct during the game itself, giving his limited fantasy owners 15 PIM on Saturday. This is a JFYI as he's past the point of being one of fantasy's better defensive options.
Panthers put Colby Robak on waivers | 04/13/2014 12:38 PM
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The Florida Panthers have waved Colby Robak.
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Robak had two assists in 16 games with the Panthers this season. If he clears waivers, he will presumably report to AHL San Antonio.
Drew Shore will report to San Antonio | 04/13/2014 12:26 PM
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Drew Shore is heading to the AHL San Antonio Rampage.
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Shore scored two goals and seven points in 24 games with the Panthers in 2013-14. With Florida's season over, they sent a few players to help San Antonio.
Vincent Trocheck heads to the AHL | 04/13/2014 12:25 PM
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Vincent Trocheck has been returned to the AHL San Antonio Rampage.
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Trocheck has 16 goals and 41 points in 54 AHL games this season. He also had five goals and eight points in 20 games with Florida.
Quinton Howden heads to the AHL | 04/13/2014 12:23 PM
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Quinton Howden has been sent to the minors.
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Howden had four goals and six points in 16 games this season. Florida's campaign is over, so he'll continue to play with the San Antonio Rampage.
Brian Campbell gets his 30th assist of 13-14 | 04/13/2014 10:40 AM
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Brian Campbell recorded his 30th assist of the season in a 3-2 loss on Saturday.
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Campbell also had seven goals, giving him 37 points in 82 points in 2013-14. That's something of a disappointment by his standards, but it isn't surprising given how anemic the Panthers' offense was this season.
Nick Bjugstad becomes owner of dubious record | 04/13/2014 10:36 AM
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Nick Bjugstad is the first rookie to lead the Florida Panthers in scoring.
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Bjugstad had 16 goals and 22 assists in 76 games this season. His 38 points is also the lowest total of a team leader in an 82-game season. He "beat" Scott Pellerin, who led Minnesota with 39 points in 2000-01. "I did what I could do this season and it is what it is as far as the record goes," said Bjugstad.
Jimmy Hayes scores in Panthers' season closer | 04/12/2014 10:23 PM
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Jimmy Hayes netted his 11th goal of the season as he and the hapless Panthers dropped a 3-2 decision to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night.
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Florida's other goal scorer was Vincent Trochek, his fifth of the season. It was the final game of the season for the Panthers, who have failed to qualify for the post-season in 12 of their past 13 campaigns.
G Roberto Luongo makes 35 saves in loss | 04/12/2014 10:19 PM
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The Florida Panthers ended their abysmal regular season Saturday night with another loss but their goalie stood out.
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Luongo steered aside 35 Columbus shots in the Panthers 3-2 loss in Florida. Luongo winds up his season with a 25-23-7 record, a 2.40 GAA and a .919 save percentage. The Panthers, of course, are going nowhere in the NHL's post-season except to the golf course. They have finished out of the playoffs 12 times in the past 13 seasons.

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