Panthers Rumors & News

  • Jayce Hawryluk hopes to bring agitating, hitting and scoring to Panthers

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Unless your name is Brad Marchand, it's not often that an undersized forward leads his team in goals and penalty minutes. But that's exactly what Florida Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk did last year for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League in Canada. So it's no secret that..." July 26

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 26

  • Panthers sign Malgin to entry-level deal

    The Score "The Florida Panthers signed forward Denis Malgin to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. Malgin was the club's fourth-round pick in 2015, taken 102nd overall." July 25

  • Florida Panthers Re-Sign Defenseman Jonathan Racine

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have re-signed defenseman Jonathan Racine to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The 23-year old Racine recorded nine points (1-8-9) in 69 games..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Blackhawks glad to have Brian Campbell back in the fold

    CSN Chicago "Patrick Kane could always appreciate the puck-moving defenseman, a big fan of Johnny Oduya during his few seasons here. So naturally he was thrilled to see Brian Campbell back in the Blackhawks’ fold. “What an amazing pickup,” Kane said prior to the Blackhawks’ convention kickoff on Friday..." July 16

  • Sounds like Jared McCann has beefed up as he looks to make Panthers

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was evident throughout his rookie campaign with the Vancouver Canucks. As skilled as Jared McCann is, he just wasn’t physically ready to compete as a 19-year-old center in the Pacific Division. He admitted as much toward the end of last season — “I know that I have to get bigger and..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Florida Panthers Sign Forward Derek MacKenzie to a Two-Year Extension

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced today that the Panthers have signed forward Derek MacKenzie to a two-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. “Derek is a leader on our team and a true professional,” said Rowe. “His experience,..." July 06

  • With Reimer signed, Panthers won’t rush Luongo back after hip surgery

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Panthers apparently weren’t comfortable with Reto Berra as Roberto Luongo’s backup this season, as they signed James Reimer to a five-year deal worth a reported $17 million just as free agency opened at noon Friday. Panthers general manager Tom Rowe said that Luongo, who underwent hip..." July 04

  • Panthers riding impressive offseason after front-office shake-up

    The Score "The Florida Panthers are winning the summer after many wondered what they were doing in the spring. Owner Vincent Viola raised eyebrows when he overhauled the front office after a historically successful campaign, but the restructured staff is putting its stamp on the offseason. Florida made..." July 03

  • Panthers sign Reilly Smith to five-year contract extension

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers signed forward Reilly Smith to a five-year contract extension Sunday, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. " July 03

  • Vincent Trocheck inks six year extension

    Today's Slapshot "Former 2011 third round pick Vincent Trocheck put up an impressive 25 goals and 53 points with the Florida Panthers this past season, hitting a career high in both goals and points in his first full year at the NHL level. Now, the team has locked him up long term. The Panthers announced on..." July 02

  • Panthers, Demers agree on 5-year, $22.5 million contract

    Sportsnet "Jason Demers has reached agreement on a $22.5-million, five-year contract with the Florida Panthers, Sportsnet has learned. The right-shooting defenceman was a highly coveted commodity on the free-agent market and garnered multiple offers when the signing period opened Friday. Florida is..." July 02

  • Los Angeles Kings Sign F Teddy Purcell to One-Year Deal

    Jewels From The Crown "A half hour ago, I would have told you that the Los Angeles Kings were done signing free agents. I was wrong. Because after making four thrifty signings, Dean Lombardi one-upped himself to grab former King Teddy Purcell as the fifth (and probably last) piece of LA's July 1 haul. Teddy Purcell..." July 02

  • Florida Panthers sign James Reimer to five-year $17M deal

    Yahoo! Sports "The Florida Panthers have signed goaltender James Reimer to a five-year contract worth $3.4 million per-year. The decision to bring in Reimer should help the 36-year-old Roberto Luongo get added rest during the regular season and could enable the Panthers to shift to Reimer once Luongo decides..." July 01

  • Canadiens agree to terms on a one-year contract with free agent Al Montoya

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent goaltender Al Montoya. The 31-year-old Chicago native spent the last two seasons with the Florida Panthers, most recently posting a 12-7-3 record, a..." July 01

  • Florida Panthers Sign Forwards Colton Sceviour & Jonathan Marchessault

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced today that the Panthers have signed forwards Colton Sceviour (SEE-vee-yuhr) and Jonathan Marchessault (mahr-SHUH-soh) to two-year contracts. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 27-year old Sceviour recorded 23 points..." July 01

  • Blackhawks lure Brian Campbell back to Chicago

    Chicago Sun-Times "Brian Campbell is coming home. Well, technically, Campbell is from Strathroy, Ontario, about halfway between Detroit and Toronto. But ever since his three-year stint with the Blackhawks from 2008-2011, Chicago has been his second home. His wife is from Chicago. He lives in the area during the..." July 01

  • Panthers, Ekblad agree on 8-year, $60M extension

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Before the Panthers take a dip into the free-agent pool on Friday they plan on making an offer to two-time All-Star defenseman Aaron Ekblad that would make him the highest-paid player in franchise history, according to a source. Ekblad, 20, is in the final season of his three-year, entry-level..." July 01

  • Panthers out of Okposo sweepstakes

    The Score "The Florida Panthers are hoping to add a scoring forward this offseason, but it appears they've already lost out on one of the best free agents available. The team is reportedly out of the running to sign the soon-to-be-former New York Islanders winger, sources told George Richards of the Miami..." July 01

  • Florida Panthers Sign Forward Greg McKegg to One-Year Contract

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced today the Panthers have agreed to terms with forward Greg McKegg on a one-year, two-way contract. The 24-year old McKegg recorded two goals in 15 games with Florida during the 2015-16 season and played in one postseason game." June 30

  • Brian Campbell likely heading back to Chicago, per report

    Second City Hockey "The signs keep pointing to Brian Campbell's return to the Chicago Blackhawks. Campbell is an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and it "sounds like he's headed back to Chicago," reports the Miami Herald's George Richards. A beat writer for the Panthers, Richards says the team expects Campbell to..." June 30

  • Panthers searching for free-agent right wing, look to re-sign own players

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "After two hectic days of wheeling and dealing during the NHL draft where the Florida Panthers swapped veteran defensemen with the Buffalo Sabres and added seven skilled prospects into the pipeline, the front office now turns its attention to tendering qualifying offers to their own restricted free..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Panthers 2016 NHL Draft First Round Selection: Henrik Borgstrom

    Litter Box Cats "Okay, so who called that one? There was some thought from the NBC crew that the Florida Panthers might go off the board with the 23rd overall pick... and they did. This is not to say that Henrik Borgstrom is not a quality pick. This center from Finland is considered by some to be one of the THE..." June 26

  • Panthers select Jonathan Ang and Riley Stillman in fourth round of 2016 NHL Draft

    Litter Box Cats "The Florida Panthers stepped to the podium twice in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and came way with center/right wing Jonathan Ang and defenseman Riley Stillman. Ang, a forward from Peterborough of the OHL, was taken with the 92nd pick overall (acquired from Vancouver). In 68..." June 26

  • Panthers select Linus Nassen in third round of 2016 NHL Draft

    Litter Box Cats "After going forward with their first two picks, the Florida Panthers went defense with the third-round pick they acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry, selecting Linus Nassen 89th overall. Nassen is a 6', 172 lb Swede who scored 5 goals and 16 assists in 42 games with Lulea's..." June 26

  • Panthers select F Adam Mascherin in second round of 2016 NHL Draft

    Litter Box Cats "The Florida Panthers selected forward Adam Mascherin with their second round pick in the 2016 Entry Draft. Florida was originally slated to pick 33rd, but moved down five spots after trading defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to the Buffalo Sabres. The Panthers also picked up a third-round pick (89th..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Sabres trade Mark Pysyk and picks for Dmitry Kulikov and picks

    Die By The Blade "Everyone figured the Buffalo Sabres would either draft or make a trade for a left-handed defenseman at the NHL Draft, but Tim Murray waited until Day Two to fill that hole. The Sabres traded Mark Pysyk as well as the 38th and 89th pick to the Florida Panthers for 25-year old defenseman Dmitry..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Panthers fielding several trade offers for Kulikov; Bruins interested

    The Score "Dmitry Kulikov may be the odd man out on the Florida Panthers' blue line. With Keith Yandle officially locked up on a long-term deal and Aaron Ekblad reportedly nearing one of his own, several teams are reportedly calling to see if Kulikov could be had in a trade. The Boston Bruins are..." June 24

  • Florida reportedly planning $60M extension for Ekblad

    Today's Slapshot "The Florida Panthers still have one year left of first overall defenseman Aaron Ekblad playing under his currently entry-level deal. He’ll remain extremely cost-controlled for the 2016-17 season, then need a new deal as a restricted free agent for the following year. It’s unsurprising,..." June 24

  • Panthers sign Keith Yandle to 7-year contract worth reported $44.45M

    The Score "The Florida Panthers have signed defenseman Keith Yandle to a seven-year contract. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed by the club, but it's believed to be worth $44.45 million, carrying an average annual valuation of $6.35 million, according to Craig Custance of ESPN. That makes him the..." June 24

  • Avalanche trade G Reto Berra for F Rocco Grimaldi

    BNS Denver "As reported on Twitter by George Richards, Avalanche goaltender Reto Berra has been traded to the Florida Panthers for center Rocco Grimaldi. Florida drafted Grimaldi in second round (33rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 23-year-old comes in at just 5’6″ and 180 pounds. He’s gifted..." June 23

  • Panthers sign defenceman Keith Yandle to 7-year deal

    Sportsnet "Cross another prospective free agent defenceman off the list of players who will be available on July 1. The Florida Panthers have signed Keith Yandle to a 7-year, $44.45-million contract. The Panthers acquired Yandle’s negotiating rights from the New York Rangers earlier this week in exchange..." June 23

  • Panthers' Jaromir Jagr Wins 2015-16 Masterton Trophy

    Hockey Fights "Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr is the 2015-16 recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” The award was presented by the Professional Hockey Writers..." June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • Report: Brian Campbell interested in returning to the ‘Hawks

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Blackhawks might get some defensive help from a familiar source…well, if the price is right at least. Brian Campbell, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, “has serious interest” in playing for Chicago again, according to Chicago Tribune writer Chris Kuc’s..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Panthers acquire rights to Keith Yandle from Rangers

    The Score "The Florida Panthers have acquired the rights to pending unrestricted free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle from the New York Rangers, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. In return, the Rangers will receive a sixth-round pick and a conditional fourth-round selection if Yandle signs..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20