Panthers Rumors & News

  • Panthers Sign Forward Patrick Bajkov to a 3-Year Entry-Level Contract "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed forward Patrick Bajkov (BIGH-kov) to a three-year entry-level contract. "Patrick is a skilled forward who has earned this contract through hard work and dedication to his..." March 09

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • NHL Announces Global Series Schedule

    Pro Hockey Rumors "This season, the NHL returned to their Global Series with events in China and Sweden. Both were considered successes, and now the league has released their plan for the 2018-19 season, which will include four different international cities. In the preseason, the Global Series Challenge will..." March 06

  • Dadonov’s NHL return pays off for Panthers

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers have been lampooned for an off-season that saw them power up the Vegas Golden Knights with both Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith, prompting all sorts of jokes about their second line and GM Dale Tallon. You can’t call that summer of moves a total failure,..." March 05

  • Florida Panthers Sign Defenseman Riley Stillman to a 3-Year Entry-Level "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed defenseman Riley Stillman to a three-year entry-level contract. "Riley is a mobile defenseman with an NHL pedigree who can play with an edge to his game and has had a strong..." March 04

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Roberto Luongo gives emotional pregame speech about school shooting

    Larry Brown Sports "Longtime Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo gave an emotional speech about the Parkland school shooting prior to the team’s home game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Luongo is in his 10th season with the team, spread over two stints. Luongo lives in Parkland and says his..." February 23

  • Bruins trade Vatrano to Florida for third-round pick

    NBC Sports Boston "The Bruins are making more moves well ahead of the Monday trade deadline as they shipped injured winger Frank Vatrano to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2018 third-round pick. The trade somewhat eases a crowded roster, essentially gives the B’s a replacement for the third-rounder they..." February 22

  • Panthers to honor, support victims of Florida school shooting

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers are planning to help and honor the victims and their families of last week’s shooting that claimed the lives of 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The Panthers will hold a moment of silence for the victims prior to puck drop at BB&T Center, just..." February 22

  • Panthers would have 'five or six more wins' if Roberto Luongo was healthy, Bob Boughner says

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "For the second time this season, Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo appears to be returning from an injury with strong performances. During Florida’s 1-0 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night, Luongo stopped 30 of 31 shots on goal, his lone blemish a James van Riemsdyk goal in the final minute of..." February 21

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Barkov brings unique two-way game to Panthers, game film shows "The first video clip runs for a few seconds. Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner spots something already. "Back it up," he says in a conference room at their practice rink. "Right here. Watch." On the screen is center Aleksander Barkov, the 22-year-old whom general manager Dale Tallon calls..." February 18

  • Luongo will start for Panthers against Flames "Goalie Roberto Luongo will make his first start in more than two months when the Florida Panthers visit the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CITY, SNW, FS-F, NHL.TV). Luongo has not played in the past 27 games after sustaining a lower-body injury making a pad save with his right leg on a..." February 16

  • Vrbata gave Panthers list of 10 teams he can be traded to last month

    TSN "The Florida Panthers requested a 10-team "yes" trade list from Radim Vrbata last month and the veteran forward submitted it, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun adds that there would likely be a "limited market" for the 36-year-old, but anything is possible before the Feb. 26..." February 15

  • Panthers activate goalie Roberto Luongo from injured reserve

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers activated goaltender Roberto Luongo from injured reserve on Wednesday, but the 38-year-old netminder will back up James Reimer on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Luongo has not played in a game since injuring his groin on Dec. 4 against the New York Islanders..." February 15

  • Panthers still weighing goaltending options ahead of road trip

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers still have three goaltenders — for now. The club is approaching a decision about its goaltending situation, complicated by Harri Sateri’s strong recent play and the return of both Roberto Luongo and James Reimer from groin injuries. Luongo (on injured reserve) and Reimer..." February 12

  • Panthers sign Colton Sceviour to 3-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "Colton Sceviour will remain with the Florida Panthers for the foreseeable future. The team announced on Monday that it has signed the defensive-minded forward to a three-year contract extension. “Colton is a hard-working, versatile player who has become a key part of our success on the penalty..." February 12

  • Luongo returns to practice for Panthers "Goalie Roberto Luongo practiced with the Florida Panthers on Thursday for the first time since injuring his groin against the New York Islanders on Dec. 4. "It's been a while," Luongo said. "It's been a tough road here the last couple months. A lot of ups and downs, but just excited to be back..." February 08

  • Laine, Barkov heading home for regular season games next year

    Pro Hockey Talk "Finnish supremacy will be duked out in the homeland of Patrik Laine and Aleksander Barkov next season. The NHL is sending four teams to Europe during the 2018-19 season, with a marquee matchup that will pit two of the best Finland-born players currently plying their trades in the NHL for a..." January 27

  • James Reimer out weeks with lower body injury

    Yardbarker "When the Florida Panthers recalled first-year goalie Samuel Montembeault yesterday to join fellow rookie keeper Harri Sateri, it was only a matter of time before the news came out about what injury had forced starter James Reimer to join the Panthers’ other dinged up veteran, Roberto Luongo, on..." January 25

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Florida Panthers prefer long-term agenda over short-term gain

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Florida Panthers are going to emerge from the season with a playoff spot, they’re going to need to find a little more scoring. But general manager Dale Tallon won’t be making any deadline deals that don’t make sense in the long-term. “It’s going to take somebody that’s going to be..." January 13

  • Luongo could return to Panthers in February "Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who has not played since Dec. 4 because of a lower-body injury, likely won't return until February. Luongo, who was injured during a 5-4 shootout loss against the New York Islanders on Dec. 4, is 6-6-1 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .928 save..." January 08

  • Panthers target beginning of February for Roberto Luongo's return

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "As Roberto Luongo rehabilitates from a lower-body injury, Panthers coach Bob Boughner said the team wouldn’t expect the veteran goaltender to return to play until the beginning of February. “That could change any day,” Boughner said during a teleconference on Monday morning. “We’re sort of..." January 08

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Panthers-Bruins postponed by winter storm in Boston "Tonight's game between the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins at TD Garden, NHL Game No. 616, has been postponed due to the severe winter storm impacting the area." January 04

  • Panthers' James Reimer OK after injury scare Tuesday in Minnesota

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers can breathe a sigh of relief: James Reimer appears to be fine. The goaltender exited the game briefly in the second period of Tuesday’s 5-1 loss in Minnesota after a pileup at the front of the net resulted in a neck injury. He returned to the game that period, but sat out..." January 03

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • Vincent Trocheck returns to Panthers practice after blocking shot Saturday

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck returned to practice on Wednesday morning after a three-day Christmas break helped him heal after blocking a shot on Saturday night. Trocheck centered linemates Evgenii Dadonov and Denis Malgin on the second line on Wednesday, and Panthers coach Bob..." December 28

  • Oilers trade Greg Chase to Panthers for future considerations

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Greg Chase to the Florida Panthers for future considerations. Chase has seven goals and 10 assists in 17 games with the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL this season." December 19

  • For the Florida Panthers, Michael Hutchinson could be the perfect fit

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Florida Panthers are in the market for a goaltender — and they are, according to reports — Dale Tallon might want to give the Winnipeg Jets a call. The Jets hold the keys to the top goaltender without a job in the NHL this season. His name? Michael Hutchinson (a man feared by Chicago..." December 09

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • Jets' Blake Wheeler rips ice conditions at Panthers' BB&T Center

    Sporting News "Jets forward Blake Wheeler was blunt when he spoke about the ice conditions at Florida's BB&T Center. Following the Winnipeg's 6-4 loss to the Panthers on Thursday, Wheeler wasn't in the best mood and gave an honest assessment of the oft-criticized playing surface, on which he'd just skated..." December 09

  • The NHL is political, whether you like it or not

    Sporting News "In the immediate aftermath of raising his fist, Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats. Brown, in the eyes of some hockey fans, had broken the cardinal rule of combining sports and the vague concept of politics. For, in the NHL, the best player is a quiet player who keeps his head..." December 08

  • Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo to miss 'extended period of time' with injury

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo will miss “an extended period of time” with a lower-body injury, coach Bob Boughner said after practice on Wednesday morning. “Whether that’s three weeks, four weeks, five weeks, we’re going to see how his rehab goes, that kind of thing,” Boughner said...." December 06

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "NHL team values are up 15% over last year to an average of $594 million, the biggest increase in three years. Deal-making in and out of hockey has been a boon to the NHL, most notably the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets (NBA), the $1.2 billion price for the Miami Marlins (MLB) and the..." December 05

  • Serious injury feared for Roberto Luongo

    Pro Hockey Talk "At 38 and with more than 1,000 games of NHL experience (981 regular season, 70 playoffs) to his name, Roberto Luongo‘s at that stage of his career where injuries start to stack up. With that in mind, you wonder if all that wear-and-tear showed up on a night like this, as Luongo suffered some..." December 05

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • Panthers’ lethal top line lost their Dadonov

    Pro Hockey Talk "Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is thankful that his vision guides the franchise once again, but the results for his renovation have often been pretty unappealing so far in 2017-18. That said, the Panthers’ top line of Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Evgenii Dadonov has been..." November 28

  • Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov could miss extended time with shoulder injury

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Florida Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov had an MRI on Sunday to examine his shoulder after he exited Saturday’s loss to Chicago in the third period, coach Bob Boughner said. Boughner said he expected the injury to “be something a little longer than shorter,” meaning a potential extended..." November 27

  • Derek MacKenzie returns, Mark Pysyk misses practice Friday for the Panthers

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers captain Derek MacKenzie returned to practice on Friday morning after missing the previous five games with a lower-body injury suffered against the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 11. MacKenzie was an extra skater with Dryden Hunt as the Panthers practiced with 15 forwards for the first time..." November 25

  • Frustration Growing For Panthers’ Alex Petrovic

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It wasn’t long ago that the Florida Panthers were working toward a long-term extension with defenseman Alex Petrovic. Coming off the best season of his young career in 2015-16, the then-24-year-old looked like he was blossoming into an elite two-way defenseman. Injuries struck last season, but..." November 22

  • Curtis Valk to center Panthers' fourth line in NHL debut on Tuesday

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Florida Panthers forward Curtis Valk will become the fourth player to make his NHL debut for the team this season, taking the ice Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars. Valk, 24, is slated to center the fourth line between Micheal Haley and Connor Brickley. He will be filling in for injured..." November 14

  • Canadiens claim goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens have claimed goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers. Niemi began this season with the Pittsburgh Penguins but was waived after three games. He was then claimed by the Florida Panthers only to be waived by that organization on Nov. 13. " November 14

  • Panthers place G Niemi on waivers

    TSN "The Florida Panthers have placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers, three weeks after claiming him from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Niemi appeared in two games with the Panthers, both in relief of James Reimer, posting an .872 save percentage and a 5.08 goals against average. The 34-year-old..." November 13

  • Sabres' Pouliot to have hearing for check to head on Panthers' Yandle "Buffalo Sabres forward Benoit Pouliot will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday for an illegal check to the head against Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle. The incident occurred with 2: 15 remaining in the third period in the Panthers' 4-1 victory against..." November 11