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USA adds Jimmy Hayes to WHC roster | 04/19/2014 9:56 AM
News
Jimmy Hayes will represent Team USA at the World Hockey Championships in May.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
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.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
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.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
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.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
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.
Alain Poupart Twitter

Impact
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.
NHL.com

Impact
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.
Miami Herald

Impact
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.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
"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.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
"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.
NHL.com

Impact
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.
Tim Wharnsby on Twitter

Impact
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.
Panthers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
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.
Panthers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
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.
Panthers.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
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.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
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.
Miami Herald

Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
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.
Tomas Kopecky (concussion) skates Saturday | 04/12/2014 4:57 PM
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Tomas Kopecky skated with his teammates for the first time on Saturday since he suffered a concussion at the Olympics.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Florida plays their last game of the season against Columbus on Saturday night, so Kopecky will have to wait until next year to play again. He has one season remaining on his four-year, 12 million contract.
Scott Clemmensen heads back to AHL | 04/12/2014 4:52 PM
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Scott Clemmensen has been returned to the minors.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He isn't expected to be back with the Florida organization next year because the team has Roberto Luongo and Dan Ellis under contract.
Krys Barch hopes to re-sign with Florida | 04/12/2014 4:49 PM
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Krys Barch is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer and he hopes to be back with the Florida Panthers.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Interim coach Peter Horachek appears to be a fan of Barch's as well, which could help. "He's been a warrior for us, clearly one of our emotional leaders on the bench and in the locker room," Horachek said. "He speaks up; he sticks up for his teammates and has their backs all over the ice." The Panthers' enforcer has four assists and 99 penalty minutes in 55 games this year.
Bjugstad needs a point Saturday | 04/12/2014 10:38 AM
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If Nick Bjugstad does not register a point Saturday night the Panthers will set a dubious team record.
Miami Herald

Impact
Bjugstad leads the Panthers in scoring with 38 points, a total that would be the lowest point total of a team leader in NHL history. Minnesota's Scott Pellerin, who led the North Stars in scoring with 39 points in 2000-01, currently holds the mark. Bjugstad is a promising young player. But the fact he leads his team in scoring with 38 points is a testament to how weak his supporting cast truly is.
Luongo to start Saturday night v Jackets | 04/12/2014 10:30 AM
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Roberto Luongo will start in goal Saturday night against the Blue Jackets.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
It is a nothing game for the Panthers, who wind up a dismal 2013-14 campaign but the game means quite a bit to the Blue Jackets who could finish as high as sixth in the Eastern Conference with a win and Philadelphia and Detroit losses. It will be interesting to see if Luongo is in full spoiler mode Saturday night.
Illness keeps Scott Gomez out Thursday | 04/11/2014 7:55 AM
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Scott Gomez wasn't available to play Thursday because of an illness.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
It was the second straight he missed as a result of not feeling well. Gomez has appeared in only 46 games with the Panthers this season, most of which he missed as a healthy scratch. He has two goals and 12 points this year.
Krys Barch (illness) sits again Thursday | 04/11/2014 7:52 AM
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Krys Barch sat out his second straight game Thursday because he was feeling under the weather.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He has four assists and 99 penalty minutes in 55 games this season.
Sean Bergenheim earns 2 assists Thursday | 04/11/2014 7:50 AM
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Sean Bergenheim recorded two assists and five shots in Florida's 4-2 win against Toronto.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He has 16 goals and 29 points in 61 games this campaign. Bergenheim has been skating with Nick Bjugstad and Brad Boyes on the team's top line and he helped set them both up in Thursday's victory.
Brandon Pirri turns 23 and scores Thursday | 04/11/2014 7:41 AM
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Brandon Pirri celebrated his 23rd birthday Thursday.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He opened the scoring and won 10 of 16 faceoffs in a 4-2 win over Toronto. Pirri has notched seven goals and 13 points in 20 games with the Panthers. He seems like he'll be able to develop nicely in Florida.
Roberto Luongo stifles Maple Leafs in win | 04/10/2014 11:55 PM
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Roberto Luongo was solid between the pipes for Florida on Thursday as they defeated the Maple Leafs by a score of 4-2.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The fact he was facing a deflated Toronto club certainly didn't hurt, but the former Canuck deserves full marks for his performance. He turned away 27 of 29 shots en route to improving his record to 25-22-7, including a 6-6-1 mark with Florida. His GAA is 2.44 while his save percentage is .919.
Nick Bjugstad paces Panthers to W over Leafs | 04/10/2014 11:48 PM
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Nick Bjugstad starred for the Panthers in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Bjugstad is one of many young Panthers gaining valuable NHL experience in what has otherwise been a lost season. He has registered 38 points in 75 games to-date. Brandon Pirri and Brad Boyes also found the back of the net for Florida in the victory.
Panthers call up goalie Scott Clemmensen | 04/10/2014 11:44 AM
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Scott Clemmensen is back up with the Panthers.
George Richards on Twitter

Impact
He will suit up on Thursday night against Toronto as Roberto Luongo's backup because Dan Ellis is suffering from an illness.
Dan Ellis (illness) won't play Thursday | 04/10/2014 11:42 AM
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Dan Ellis is feeling ill so he won't suit up in Thursday's game against Toronto.
George Richards on Twitter

Impact
Scott Clemmensen will take his place on the bench, as Roberto Luongo is ready to return from an upper-body injury.
Roberto Luongo will dress and start v. Leafs | 04/10/2014 11:39 AM
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Roberto Luongo will be back in goal on Thursday night after he missed one game with an upper-body ailment.
George Richards on Twitter

Impact
Dan Ellis isn't feeling well so Scott Clemmensen will serve as Florida's backup netminder against Toronto. Luongo has five wins, a .923 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average in 12 appearances with the Panthers this season.
Roberto Luongo hopes to return Thursday | 04/10/2014 10:23 AM
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Roberto Luongo (upper body) hopes to be back in goal for Thursday's game against Toronto.
Miami Herald

Impact
"We'll take morning skate [Thursday] and see where it goes," he said after practicing on Wednesday. "Hopefully, I'll be back in." He missed Tuesday's scheduled start against Philadelphia after he felt sore in the warmup. If Luongo isn't ready to go then Dan Ellis will start again in his place.
Roberto Luongo sits with upper-body soreness | 04/09/2014 8:14 AM
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Roberto Luongo didn't play Tuesday after he suffered an upper-body injury in morning skate.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Interim coach Peter Horachek said Luongo would've played had the game meant something and that the team's number one goaltender was held out because of "general upper-body soreness." Dan Ellis ended up starting instead. The Panthers play two more games before their season comes to close and it's unclear if Luongo will play in either of them. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Huberdeau returns, wants to finish strong | 04/09/2014 8:09 AM
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Jonathan Huberdeau found the back of the net in Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia in his first game back from a concussion.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
It was his first game after missing 11 straight and it was his first goal since Jan. 20. Huberdeau has had a disappointing sophomore season with nine goals and 28 points in 67 games. "It's important [to return]. I want to finish the season more positive than I ended up three weeks ago," Huberdeau said before the game. "I want to finish stronger and have a little bit more positive for the summer."
Erik Gudbranson scores in loss to Philly | 04/09/2014 8:04 AM
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Erik Gudbranson scored for the third time this season in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He got Florida on the board early in the third period with a wrist shot from the point. He also had a minus-3 rating and four shots. Gudbranson has a goal and an assist in his last two games, but he's registered just nine points this year.
| 04/09/2014 2:42 AM
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Brad Boyes returned to action on Tuesday April 8.
Rotoworld.com

Dan Ellis losing streak hits five | 04/09/2014 1:04 AM
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Dan Ellis was beaten five times on 27 shots in the Panthers' 5-2 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Ellis has lost six straight and falls to 5-11 this season with a .879 save percentage and 3.62 goals against average.
Scottie Upshall grabs assist in FLA loss | 04/09/2014 12:59 AM
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Scottie Upshall posted his 22nd assist of the season in Florida's 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Upshall now has 37 points in 74 games this season and points in two straight. His helper came on Erik Gudbranson's third period tally.
Roberto Luongo to start for Panthers Tuesday | 04/08/2014 2:21 PM
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Roberto Luongo is expected to start Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

Impact
It will be Luongo's third straight start since returning from a neck/head injury. He has a 2.40 GAA and .919 save percentage in 54 games in 2013-14.
Panthers return Bobby Butler to the AHL | 04/07/2014 5:24 PM
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Bobby Butler has been reassigned to the minors.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He picked up an assist in Florida's 3-2 win over Dallas on Sunday and he skated in two games with the Panthers last week.
Drew Shore is back up with Florida | 04/07/2014 5:22 PM
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Drew Shore has been called up by Florida.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He has spent most of the 2013-14 season in the AHL, where he has six goals and 31 points in 48 games for San Antonio. In 21 appearances with Florida, he has contributed six points.
Brandon Pirri earns 2 points in win vs. Stars | 04/07/2014 10:47 AM
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Brandon Pirri produced a goal and added an assist in Florida's 3-2 victory against Dallas on Sunday.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He has picked up three goals and two helpers during a recent four-game scoring streak. Pirri has 12 points in 18 games since joining the Florida Panthers from Chicago.
Scottie Upshall ends goal slump Sunday | 04/07/2014 10:43 AM
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Scottie Upshall tallied his 15th goal of the season in Sunday's win over Dallas.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He had one assist in his previous nine outings, but he still leads the Panthers in scoring with 36 points in 73 matches.
Brad Boyes (back) probably out Friday | 04/04/2014 8:23 AM
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Brad Boyes (back) didn't practice Thursday and he probably won't play Friday night.
Miami Herald

Impact
He has been receiving treatment for a sore back for quite some time now and he ended up leaving Tuesday's game early as a result of the ailment.
Jonathan Huberdeau is close to returning | 04/04/2014 8:18 AM
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Jonathan Huberdeau is getting close to returning from a concussion.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He joined his teammates for Thursday's practice for the first time since he got injured on Mar. 16 against Vancouver. Huberdeau hasn't been completely ruled out for Friday's game versus Calgary, but he's more likely to be ready for Sunday's match with Dallas.
Bobby Butler may make FLA debut Friday | 04/04/2014 8:12 AM
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Bobby Butler may get a chance to make his Floria debut on Friday night.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He is up with the Panthers after he generated 21 goals and 45 points in 64 games for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL this season. Butler skated on the top line at Thursday's practice because Brad Boyes is dealing with a sore back.
Roberto Luongo takes part in practice Thurs. | 04/04/2014 8:08 AM
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Roberto Luongo hopes to return on Friday after he suffered a mild concussion on Mar. 27 against Carolina when he was run over by Radek Dvorak.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He practiced on Thursday and appears to be ready to play again. "I think it was the initial contact," he said after the session. "My head hit the post on the way down, too, but it wasn't as hard as the initial hit."
Nick Bjugstad unfazed by demotion | 04/03/2014 10:37 AM
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Nick Bjugstad's ice time was reduced to 13:55 in Monday's loss to New Jersey and he stayed off the top line in Tuesday's defeat versus the Islanders.
Miami Herald

Impact
"The reasoning comes down to play. It wasn't very good," interim coach Peter Horachek said. "He turned the pucks over at the wrong time and wrong place. He's a young player who makes mistakes at times. When you're trying to get yourself back into the game, you got to go with the guys who are going." Bjugstad isn't fretting about the demotion and he said he will continue to work at improving. He is tied for the team lead in points with 35 in 71 matches.
Panthers return Jonathan Racine to AHL | 04/02/2014 4:03 PM
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Jonathan Racine has been returned to the minors.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He made his NHL debut in Tuesday's loss to the New York Islanders.
Roberto Luongo should be ready for Friday | 04/02/2014 3:59 PM
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Roberto Luongo is expected to be ready to return on Friday from a neck injury.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
When that happens, Scott Clemmensen will head back to the minors. Luongo has been out of action since Mar. 27 when he played one period against Carolina.
Scottie Upshall gets banged up, still plays | 04/02/2014 10:29 AM
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Scottie Upshall (ankle) was OK to play Tuesday after he entered the game as a game-time decision.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He was struck with an inadvertent high stick from Islanders defender Matt Carkner in the first period, but was able to return late in the second after X-rays on his jaw came back negative. Upshall has one assist in his last eight outings. He co-leads the Panthers in scoring with 35 points in 71 games.
Brad Boyes leaves game with back injury | 04/02/2014 10:25 AM
News
Brad Boyes (back) left Tuesday's game against the Islanders after just five shifts for 3:17 of ice time.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He was listed as a game-time decision going into the contest because of a back issue. Boyes leads the Panthers with 20 goals in 75 games this season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Quinton Howden pots SHG against Isles | 04/02/2014 10:20 AM
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Quinton Howden earned a shorthanded goal in Florida's 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
It marked the fourth time in team history that the Panthers have score shorthanded in back-to-back games. For Howden, it was his fourth goal of the season and his fifth point in 11 NHL appearances.
| 04/02/2014 6:06 AM
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Jonathan Racine was called up from the minors on Tuesday April 1.
Rotoworld.com

Scott Clemmensen allows 4 G on 40 shots | 04/01/2014 11:01 PM
News
Scott Clemmensen came to play on Tuesday, facing 40 shots but ultimately allowed four goals and took the loss, 4-2 to the Islanders.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Clemmensen has allowed 14 goals in his past three starts, all losses. The 36 year old is 6-7-1 this season with an .896 save percentage and 3.09 goals against average. Clemmensen is playing himself out of the league, as last season he also had a .874 save percentage and 3.67 goals against average.
Brandon Pirri scores, Panthers lose to Isles | 04/01/2014 10:53 PM
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Brandon Pirri notched his 11th goal and 20th point of the season with a goal in Florida's 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
As with the vast majority of his Panthers' teammates, Pirri is not worthy of a fantasy roster spot. Tied for the Panthers' leading scorer is defenseman Brian Campbell with just 35 points. Pirri though has been much better with his new team in Florida than he was with the Blackhawks, as nine of his 20 points have come during his 16 games with the Panthers.
Scott Clemmensen is expected to start Tuesday | 04/01/2014 5:54 PM
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Scott Clemmensen will start for the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
George Richards on Twitter

Impact
Clemmensen was called up because Roberto Luongo is dealing with a neck injury. He has a 3.02 GAA and .896 save percentage in 16 games this season.
Brad Boyes reaches the 20-goal mark | 04/01/2014 8:05 AM
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Brad Boyes hit the 20-goal mark on Monday night.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
It marks the fourth time in his career that he's managed to reach that plateau. The Panthers haven't produced much offense this season and the play of Boyes has been a bright spot up front.
Nick Bjugstad earns 2 assists in Monday loss | 04/01/2014 8:01 AM
News
Nick Bjugstad picked up two assists in Monday's 6-3 loss to New Jersey.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He earned an assist on shorthanded goal by Dmitry Kulikov and he helped set up Brad Boyes' 20th marker of the year. Bjugstad hasn't scored a goal since Mar. 1, but he has nine assists during that 16-game span. He has 35 points in 70 matches.
Ellis awful in loss | 04/01/2014 4:24 AM
News
Dan Ellis let in six goals on 32 shots in Florida's 6-3 loss to New Jersey Monday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Ellis has been just terrible with the Panthers; he hasn't yet won a game for them in his five games. He also has a horrible 4.77 goals-against average with a .841 save percentage. You can't really do worse than that.
Pirri scores in loss | 04/01/2014 4:17 AM
News
Brandon Pirri scored a goal in Florida's 6-3 loss to New Jersey Monday evening.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Pirri now has four goals and four assists in 15 games for the Panthers. Defenseman Dimitri Kulikov scored a shorthanded goal, while Nick Bjugstad had two assists in the loss. Brad Boyes also scored for the Panthers.
Dan Ellis will start against New Jersey | 03/31/2014 10:29 AM
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Dan Ellis will get the nod for Florida on Monday versus New Jersey.
Miami Herald

Impact
It was thought that Scott Clemmensen might get the call against his former team, but he could still start Tuesday's match with the New York Islanders.
Tomas Kopecky (UBI) may practice this week | 03/31/2014 10:19 AM
News
Tomas Kopecky (upper body) may resume practices with his teammates this week.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
It appeared as though he suffered a concussion during the Winter Olympics, while playing for Slovakia in Sochi, and he hasn't played since.
Roberto Luongo out the next two games | 03/30/2014 2:38 PM
News
The Florida Panthers note that Roberto Luongo(neck) will not join the team during its two-game road trip.
George Richards on Twitter

Impact
The good news is that it sounds like he should be available to play in the team's final five games. If this is correct, then he'd be available on Friday (April 4), so you'll be without him as an option for much of this next week (for those in weekly head-to-head leagues).
Jonathan Huberdeau might practice soon | 03/30/2014 10:20 AM
News
Jonathan Huberdeau's upper-body injury is a concussion.
Miami Herald

Impact
The good news is that Huberdeau started skating on Saturday and might practice with the Panthers within a week. He has eight goals and 27 points in 66 contests in 2013-14.
Dan Ellis struggles in 4-1 loss to Canadiens | 03/29/2014 10:49 PM
News
Dan Ellis had a lousy night in net for the Panthers, who fell 4-1 to Montreal on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Ellis allowed three goals on 18 shots. He's gone five appearances without a win. The 33-year-old has a 3.37 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.
Brad Boyes nears the 20-goal mark | 03/29/2014 10:49 PM
News
Brad Boyes potted the only goal for Florida, which lost 4-1 to the Canadiens on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
For $1 million, Boyes has been an absolute steal for the Panthers, as he has 19 goals and 33 points this season. The goal was his first since March 14. Sean Bergenheim and Brian Campbell had the helpers.
Luongo likely to miss only one start | 03/29/2014 9:54 AM
News
Roberto Luongo will likely only miss one start due to a strained neck muscle.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He sustained the injury after Radek Dvorak accidently crashed into him during Thursday's game. Luongo will not play Saturday night against Montreal but there is a very good chance he will be back between the pipes Monday night against the Devils.
Ellis to start v Habs Saturday | 03/29/2014 9:51 AM
News
Updating an earlier item, Dan Ellis will in fact start in goal against the Canadiens Saturday night.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Roberto Luongo needs more time to recover from an upper-body injury and won't be ready to play Saturday night against Montreal.
Roberto Luongo is dealing with a sore neck | 03/28/2014 5:29 PM
News
Roberto Luongo's upper body injury is a sore neck.
Miami Herald

Impact
Luongo was hurt when Radek Dvorak crashed into him during Thursday's game. He will not be available on Saturday, but Panthers coach Peter Horachek said that his injury isn't "long-term at this point."
Jonathan Huberdeau aims to return this season | 03/28/2014 4:00 PM
News
Jonathan Huberdeau's (upper body) goal is to start skating again next week.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Huberdeau is hoping to return before the end of the 2013-14 campaign. He has eight goals and 27 points in 66 games this season.
The Panthers will start Dan Ellis on Saturday | 03/28/2014 1:36 PM
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Dan Ellis will start for the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
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Impact
Roberto Luongo is dealing with an upper-body injury. Ellis has a 3.40 GAA and .890 save percentage in 17 games this season.
Florida promotes Scott Clemmensen | 03/28/2014 1:35 PM
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Scott Clemmensen has been called up by the Florida Panthers.
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Impact
Clemmensen has a 3.02 GAA and .896 save percentage in 16 games with Florida in 2013-14. He will serve as the Panthers' backup goaltender while Roberto Luongo recovers from an upper-body injury.
Roberto Luongo is out for Saturday's game | 03/28/2014 1:33 PM
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Roberto Luongo (upper body) will not be able to return on Saturday.
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Impact
Luongo was hurt when Radek Dvorak charged into him during Thursday's game. Although goalie coach Robb Tallas was initially optimistic about Luongo's status, it looks like the goaltender should be considered day-to-day.
Cats goalie coach expects Luongo to play Sat. | 03/28/2014 8:20 AM
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Florida took Roberto Luongo out of Thursday's loss to Carolina as a precaution due to an upper-body injury.
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Impact
Interim coach Peter Horachek didn't know the extent of Luongo's injury after the game, but goalie coach Robb Tallas expects to see the team's starting netminder in goal against Montreal on Saturday. Luongo suffered a sore neck on the play and if he can't play then Dan Ellis will start in his place.
| 03/28/2014 3:01 AM
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Erik Gudbranson returned to action on Thursday March 27.
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Scottie Upshall the lone bright spot in loss | 03/27/2014 11:31 PM
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Scottie Upshall was the strongest offensive contributor for Florida in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes.
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Impact
Upshall has very quietly been a productive asset in deep leagues, racking up 35 points, a plus-5 rating and 65 penalty minutes for the year. By firing seven shots on goal in the loss, the gritty forward has now amassed 148 on the season.
Roberto Luongo injured in loss to Hurricanes | 03/27/2014 11:26 PM
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Roberto Luongo suffered an upper-body injury and lasted just 20 minutes in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes.
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Impact
Luongo suffered the injury midway through the first period when he was run into by Carolina's Radek Dvorak, but he managed to stay in goal for the rest of the frame before hitting the showers for good. He allowed one goal on 12 shots in the appearance before he was replaced by Dan Ellis, who gave up two goals on 20 shots of his own. Word out of Florida is that Luongo was removed from the game for precautionary reasons, but we'll pass along any more information that becomes available.
Tom Gilbert undergoes sports hernia surgery | 03/27/2014 6:31 PM
News
Tom Gilbert had sports hernia surgery on Thursday, so he's done for the rest of the season.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He notched three goals and 28 points in 73 games with the Panthers. He was a pleasant surprise in Florida after earning a spot on the club from a professional tryout during training camp.
GM envisions Erik Gudbranson as a captain | 03/27/2014 9:49 AM
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Florida GM Dale Tallon sees Erik Gudbranson as captain material.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Tallon told an Ottawa radio station recently that Gudbranson "is likely going to be the captain of our team some day." The 22-year-old defenseman was honored to hear that, but he knows he still has plenty of room for improvement before it can become a reality. "Those are great words to hear from Dale. That was pretty cool, but to me it's just about what you do on the ice, it's what you do in the dressing room," said Gudbranson. "I think it starts now. The environment here needs to change. We need to become winners here. I think for these last nine games pushing ourselves to the limit and going out and playing well, playing hard, playing together, is going to be a huge factor for next year." His 2013-14 campaign has been mired by injuries that have limited him to 56 appearances. Gudbranson plays a rugged style but his offensive game still leaves a lot to be desired.
Joey Crabb heads back to the minors | 03/26/2014 2:39 PM
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Joey Crabb will return to AHL San Antonio.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Crabb has an assist in nine games with the Panthers in 2013-14. The 30-year-old is an organizational depth forward.
Panthers return Ryan Whitney to the AHL | 03/26/2014 2:37 PM
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The Florida Panthers have sent Ryan Whitney to the minors.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Whitney has no points in seven games with Florida this season. There was a time when he was one of the better offensive defenseman in the NHL, but we think his days of being relevant in standard fantasy leagues are over.
Sean Bergenheim pots his 15th goal | 03/26/2014 7:33 AM
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Sean Bergenheim netted his 15th goal of the year in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over Ottawa.
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Impact
He had no goals and two assists in his previous seven contests. Bergenheim has 25 points in 53 games this season.
Erik Gudbranson (knee) should return Thursday | 03/26/2014 7:26 AM
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Florida interim coach Peter Horachek thinks Eric Gudbranson (knee) should be available for Thursday's game against Carolina.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
That would make his return much earlier than originally expected. Gudbranson participated in Tuesday's morning skate and he's been sidelined since Mar. 9 with a knee ailment.
Jesse Winchester returns in time to play Sens | 03/26/2014 7:23 AM
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As expected, Jesse Winchester returned to Florida's lineup on Tuesday after recovering from a groin strain.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He returned to play against his former Ottawa teammates after being sidelined since Mar. 9. "I spent some pretty special years of my life there," he said after the morning skate. "I really look forward to playing them whenever I get the opportunity." Winchester posted four shots in nearly 14 minutes of action in his return.
| 03/26/2014 1:40 AM
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Quinton Howden was called up from the minors on Tuesday March 25.
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Roberto Luongo helps Panthers top Sens | 03/26/2014 12:17 AM
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Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots to lift the Panthers to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
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Impact
Luongo improves to 4-4-1 as a Florida Panther this season, and improves his season record to 23-20-7 with a .918 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average. Luongo's save percentage is .923 as a Panther, compared to .917 as a Canuck this season.
Vincent Trocheck scores in regulation, SO | 03/26/2014 12:03 AM
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Vincent Trocheck scored the game tying goal and added one in the shootout to help lift the Panthers past the Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night.
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Impact
Trocheck has played well through his first 11 NHL games, scoring three times and adding an assist. The 20 year old is a sharpshooter, notching 109 points in the Ontario Hockey League last season.
Dmitry Kulikov is expected to play Tuesday | 03/25/2014 5:28 PM
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Dmitry Kulikov is feeling alright after being hurt in the third period of Sunday's contest.
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Impact
Kulikov should be fine to play on Tuesday. He has 17 points and 60 penalty minutes in 71 games this season.
Jesse Winchester poised to return Tuesday | 03/24/2014 4:39 PM
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Jesse Winchester (lower body) is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against Ottawa.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury. Florida returned Garrett Wilson to AHL San Antonio on Monday. Winchester has nine goals and 17 points in 42 games this year.
Panthers return Garrett Wilson to AHL | 03/24/2014 4:34 PM
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Garrett Wilson has been returned to the minors.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
He dressed in the first three games of his NHL career last week. It looks like the Panthers will get Jesse Winchester back from injury, so Wilson heads down to make room on the roster.
Ed Jovanovski set to return Tuesday night | 03/24/2014 10:09 AM
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Ed Jovanovski didn't play Sunday to avoid playing on back-to-back nights.
Miami Herald

Impact
He's expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday, so the Panthers will probably return emergency recall Ryan Whitney to the minors before then.
Quinton Howden heads back to the AHL | 03/24/2014 10:05 AM
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Florida sent Quinton Howden down to the minors on Sunday.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
The return of Sean Bergenheim from injury claimed his roster spot despite his strong play since being recalled from AHL San Antonio. Howden had three goals and one assist in six games prior to his demotion.
Jimmy Hayes has heated up in March | 03/24/2014 10:02 AM
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Jimmy Hayes potted his 10th goal of the year in Sunday's loss to Anaheim.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Krys Barch was originally credited with the marker and it would've ended a 76-game drought, but it was changed later after it was discovered that it banked off Hayes. Hayes has generated six goals and four assists in 13 games this month.
Tomas Fleischmann scores rare goal in loss | 03/23/2014 11:25 PM
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Tomas Fleischmann scored a rare goal for the Panthers in Sunday's 6-2 blowout loss to the Ducks.
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Impact
It's hard to explain why the talented winger has struggled so badly this season since he had enjoyed two productive campaigns prior to this one, but his total of eight goals in 70 games is a massive disappointment. Jimmy Hayes also scored in the loss, reaching double-digit markers for the first time in his career.
Dan Ellis struggles in loss to Ducks | 03/23/2014 11:21 PM
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Dan Ellis wasn't able to withstand the Anaheim onslaught Sunday, as he and the Panthers were on the wrong end of a 6-2 decision.
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Impact
Ellis allowed six goals on 40 shots in the defeat and was consistently hung out to dry by his subpar supporting cast. In two starts since being acquired by Florida, he has allowed 11 goals, possesses a 5.54 GAA and an .838 save percentage. It's not likely that he's owned in your fantasy league and given the situation he finds himself in, that should not change.
Panthers recall Ryan Whitney from the AHL | 03/23/2014 6:58 PM
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The Florida Panthers recalled defenseman Ryan Whitney from the AHL's San Antonio Rampage for Sunday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.
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Impact
He's been largely ineffective in the NHL so far, going without a point in six NHL games this year (also a -7 rating). This might be his last chance to prove he can belong with the league, although it may be too late. Ed Jovanovski could be out of the lineup.
Panthers will play Dan Ellis against Anaheim | 03/23/2014 5:52 AM
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Dan Ellis will be between the pipes for the Panthers on Sunday against Anaheim.
Miami Herald

Impact
He allowed five goals on 28 shots in a 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay in his first start with Florida since he was acquired from Dallas. Ellis will face another stiff test in the Ducks.
| 03/23/2014 2:34 AM
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Sean Bergenheim returned to action on Saturday March 22.
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