Panthers Rumors & News

  • Panthers trying to trade veterans to make room for young players

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers are trying to make room for young players such as rookie forwards Vincent Trocheck, Rocco Grimaldi and possibly Quinton Howden when he heals, so they’re trying to trade some unnamed veterans, according to a team source. It’s obvious that slumping forward Tomas Fleischmann..." November 26

  • Wild's Jason Zucker caps productive road trip with two more goals in win over Panthers

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Jason Zucker's dad Scott watched from a suite above section 107 as his son scored to give the Wild a lead and then again in the second period to help solidify what ended as a lopsided contest. Scott, like the rest of the fathers and guests on this trip, was wearing the same white sweater as his..." November 25

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    Rocco Grimaldi, who got his first NHL goal in Game No. 7 on Saturday, is being sent back to AHL @sarampage #FlaPanthers

  • Predators escape Panthers in shootout

    Tennessean "Filip Forsberg found a new way to deliver for the Predators. The NHL's rookie scoring leader beat Florida goalie Roberto Luongo for the decisive goal in the fourth round of a shootout, and the Predators beat the Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. "I was thinking maybe a..." November 23

  • Panthers' Nick Bjugstad is riding a wave of scoring success

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It was just over two weeks ago that Panthers second-year center Nick Bjugstad was constantly being asked about the growing pressure of not scoring a goal in the season's first 10 games. Bjugstad talked about visualization and not getting down on himself. Well, now the net must appear more..." November 22

  • Panthers Nick Bjugstad finishes what he starts in 3-2 shootout victory over Sharks

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "pparently the Panthers know the way to San Jose and they know how to beat the Sharks when they get there. No matter how long it takes. Red-hot center Nick Bjugstad finished what he started with two goals, including one just 24 seconds in, and then the game-winning shootout tally to lift the..." November 21

  • L.A. Kings win in Willie Mitchell’s return with the Florida Panthers

    L.A. Daily News "The Kings welcomed former teammate Willie Mitchell back to Staples Center on Tuesday night. They gave him his Stanley Cup championship ring and saluted his short but memorable tenure with the team in a video tribute that played on the giant overhanging scoreboard. They also gave him a reminder..." November 19

  • Two for one: Panthers' Rocco Grimaldi has a day to remember

    Sporting News "How cool is this? Rocco Grimaldi was playing a minor league game in San Antonio on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday night, he was playing an NHL game near his hometown. And his mom watched him play both games. Grimaldi, a 21-year-old forward, got The Call from the parent Panthers during the..." November 19

  • Panthers' Rocco Grimaldi will play in two games on Tuesday

    CBSSports.com "Florida Panthers forward Rocco Grimaldi is going to be a very busy man on Tuesday. Earlier in the day he played for the San Antonio Rampage, the Panthers' AHL affiliate, during a matinee game against the Oklahoma City Barons. He recorded three shots on goal in a 4-3 shootout win. A nice day of..." November 18

  • Bettman calls Panthers relocation speculation ‘unfounded’

    Pro Hockey Talk "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is getting tired of all the speculation about the Florida Panthers moving to Quebec City. “Let me say this the right way,” Bettman told reporters today (video). “I don’t think it’s fair for the speculation on any franchise, including the Panthers, to be that it’s..." November 18

  • Panthers dominate Ducks 6-2

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It may have been the most dominant period put together by a single Panthers’ line in franchise history. Not even the Elias Sports Bureau may be able to track it, but the trio of Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Brad Boyes erupted for four goals in the second period to absolutely crush the..." November 17

  • Isles’ winning streak hits five as they edge Panthers

    New York Post "The Islanders blew a late lead, yet still managed to pull out their fifth straight win. Kyle Okposo scored the deciding goal in the shootout, and the Islanders outlasted the Panthers 4-3 on Friday night. Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome and John Tavares had goals in regulation for the Islanders,..." November 15

  • Panthers coach Gerard Gallant preaches equality among lines

    Fox Sports Florida "When asking Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant about the team's formidable fourth line, don't expect his response to come without candor. "That's not a fourth line," Gallant said adamantly with a smirk after the team's so-called fourth line notched two goals in a 4-1 victory over the..." November 13

  • Inspired Panthers sink Sharks 4-1 to snap three-game skid

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers coach Gerard Gallant has pleaded with his players to go to the net and camp out in the "blue paint,'' or crease area where goals generally occur. Gallant's pregame strategy that also included three line overhauls paid off. But he also received a couple of highlight-reel type goals as..." November 12

  • Florida Panthers’ Colby Robak back in normal defenseman slot

    Miami Herald "For the first time this season, Colby Robak will in the Panthers lineup Tuesday as a defenseman. Robak, filling in for the injured Dmitry Kulikov, has played in two games this season — both times as a left winger. “They had to start working with me on skating backward again,” Robak joked..." November 11

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers send Rocco Grimaldi back to .@sarampage after four games.

  • Flames grinder scores winner in wild one over Panthers

    Calgary Sun "There was a method to the madness. With the score tied late in Saturday’s bizarre matinee and the Calgary Flames anxious to end it before overtime, fourth-line grinder Lance Bouma was tapped on the shoulder. “He’s a guy that goes to the net,” reasoned Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “Look at..." November 09

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    #FlaPanthers don't expect D Dmitry Kulikov to come back today v #Flames ... Fear a knee injury. Official word to come.

  • Flyers use more secondary scoring to beat Panthers

    CSN Philly "The Flyers wanted to iron out some kinks during this four-game homestand. Two wins into it, it appears they are doing just that. Thursday’s 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at Wells Fargo Center saw them get some secondary scoring -- from their fourth line again -- and also saw a very..." November 07

  • Panthers working lots of overtime but it's not paying off

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Simply by signing Jussi Jokinen to go along with Brad Boyes, the Panthers were confident that they would continue last year's trend of faring better in shootout sessions. Unfortunately for the Panthers, despite needing overtime in five of their first 10 games — all coming on the road — they've..." November 06

  • Bruins outduel Panthers in overtime, 2-1

    CSN New England "It’s going to be a grind for the Boston Bruins with so many players missing from their lineup, and that’s exactly what they got against the Florida Panthers. The Bruins ultimately prevailed when Brad Marchand finally cashed in on a handful of chances over the course of the evening, and..." November 05

  • Roberto Luongo and injury-racked Panthers down Flyers 2-1

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "If there was any doubt that Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad wasn't going back to juniors after his ninth game Saturday, he erased it by making his first NHL goal the game winner to secure a 2-1 victory over the Flyers at the BB&T Center. "It was great. We had to make the decision. If he..." November 02

  • Scottie Upshall's third-period goal lifts Panthers to 2-1 victory over Coyotes

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Panthers coach Gerard Gallant held an optional morning skate Thursday but the only player to take off was veteran forward Scottie Upshall, prompting goalie Roberto Luongo to jokingly rename the game-day ritual, "the Upshall-nal.'' Well, Upshall may not participate in another optional skate this..." October 31

  • Panthers await production from centers Bjugstad, Barkov

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "To say that goals have been tough to come by for the Florida Panthers is like pointing out that ice is cold. They have scored more than one goal in only two of their first seven games. It’s not surprising the Panthers have the fewest goals in the NHL, 10, considering their top two centers..." October 30

  • Panthers killing themselves with penalties

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers' progress so far this season is measurable and encouraging. It is tempered by some bad and ugly elements of their game. The good is best exemplified in greatly improved defensive play. After giving up the second-most goals in the NHL last year, the Panthers have become one..." October 29

  • Tallon thinks Ekblad has goods to stick with Panthers

    NHL.com "It appears Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad, the first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has done more than enough to prove he belongs in the NHL. "Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told NHL.com. "I've been very impressed..." October 29

  • Coyotes win 2-1 in OT over the Florida Panthers

    Arizona Republic "Coyotes center Justin Hodgman had played in a growing list of leagues except the one he wanted most: the National Hockey League. He starred in the now-defunct International Hockey League, saw days in the East Coast Hockey League and even had a tour overseas in Finland and Russia. But once he..." October 26

  • 'Killer Bs' line showing their sting again

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

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

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

  • Capitals top Panthers in shootout win

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

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

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

  • Ryan Whitney's Sochi wish gets Monkey Pawed

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

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

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

  • Panthers' low attendance in part due to policy changes

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

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    Bruce Garrioch @SunGarrioch

    Expect Roberto Luongo to start tonight. #Sens #Panthers

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

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

  • Panthers kick off season with record-low attendance

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

  • Devils’ scoring surge continues in win over Panthers

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

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

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

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

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

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

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

  • Panthers name Willie Mitchell captain

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

  • Report: Panthers, O’Brien talking contract

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

  • Florida cuts slew of prospects from camp

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

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

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

  • Panthers counting on bounce-back seasons from Fleischmann, Kopecky

    Fox Sports Florida "In an attempt to climb out of the cellar of the Eastern Conference standings, the Florida Panthers spent millions during the offseason to acquire several high-priced free agents. While these additions immediately improved the team's fortunes for the upcoming campaign, a return to the playoffs..." September 30

  • Panthers cut 12; place goalie Dan Ellis on waivers

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "As the team landed in Dallas early Sunday morning, 18 Panthers separated from the pack, dispersing in different directions while the remaining 31 would prepare for Monday's game against the Dallas Stars. The Panthers lopped off 12 young prospects and shipped them off to San Antonio where they..." September 29

  • Panthers owners bracing for even lower attendance this year

    Miami Herald "The Panthers finished 29th out of 30 NHL teams last season both in the standings and in attendance figures. Although the team expects to do much better on the ice, their ownership group said Tuesday they are prepared for even smaller crowds this coming season. Owners Vinnie Viola and Doug..." September 24

  • Luongo set for another season, but not taking himself too seriously

    Fox Sports "With NHL training camps kicking off this week, many players step onto the ice with a fresh slate, hoping to produce and help their team win the Stanley Cup. Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, however, seemingly likes to dwell on past misfortunes. The former Vancouver Canuck posted a..." September 22

  • Panthers owners write letter committing team to South Florida

    Fox Sports Florida "The owners of the Florida Panthers say the team isn't going anywhere. In an open letter to fans Wednesday, co-owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu refuted recent relocation talks while reaffirming their commitment to bring a Stanley Cup to South Florida. "Despite media speculation to the..." September 18