Panthers Rumors & News

  • Panthers' newest enforcer Michael Haley is more than just a bodyguard

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "There’s no question that the role of the enforcer in hockey is starting to feel as relevant as folding maps and landlines. But lets not put these on-ice bodyguards in the garage with the rusting Smith-Corona typewriter and dust-collecting VCR just yet. Concussion studies in major sports,..." July 24

  • Jagr: 'I don´t think I am so bad that I couldn´t play (in NHL)'

    TSN "Jaromir Jagr is skating with his hometown team Kladno this off-season, but is still hoping to sign with an NHL team, according to a report from Czech hockey writer Zdenek Janda. "I don´t think I am so bad that I couldn´t play there," Jagr told Janda, referring to the NHL. Jagr spent the past..." July 24

  • Yandle believes having Tallon back in charge will galvanize Panthers

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has sensed optimism and excitement from his teammates in the past few weeks. "Just on vacation recently at [Panthers defenseman] Mark Pysyk's wedding and there were probably seven or eight of us on the team at his wedding, and everyone just seemed so..." July 24

  • Jayce Hawryluk could be intriguing prospect for Panthers this season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon has talked extensively this offseason about giving young players an opportunity to play and trying to create a faster, more up-tempo, aggressive roster. One of the young players that might get an opportunity to make that sort of an impact is 2014..." July 23

  • Panthers agree to terms with 1st-round pick Owen Tippett

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with 2017 first-round pick, forward Owen Tippett, on a three-year entry-level contract. "I'm thrilled to sign Owen to his first NHL contract," said Tallon. "Owen is a..." July 20

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Marchessault 'surprised' Panthers left him unprotected

    Sportsnet "If you’re lucky enough to have a 30-goal scorer under contract for $750,000, you don’t just let him walk away … do you? Yet that is precisely what the Florida Panthers did when they left found-money Jonathan Marchessault — Exhibit A in the club’s shortlist of money-puck victories and arguably..." July 13

  • Jaromir Jagr can still play at high level, says Nick Bjugstad

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad didn't hesitate when asked about unrestricted free agent Jaromir Jagr. He says whichever NHL team signs Jagr to a contract will not be disappointed. "I'm not sure what his future's looking like [in Florida], but if it's not with Florida I'm sure he'll..." July 13

  • Florida ECHL team makes compelling 16-point pitch to lure Jaromir Jagr

    Sporting News "Jaromir Jagr is at a crossroads in life. At 45, he doesn't yet want to retire from the coolest job ever. Who could blame him? His NHL scoring resume is second to one, but a self-described lack of interest from teams this summer has the future Hockey Hall of Famer contemplating his..." July 11

  • Panthers re-sign defenseman Mark Pysyk to 3-year deal

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "After the surprising losses of top-six forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith to the Vegas Golden Knights a few weeks ago, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon explained that “defense wins championships.’’ That’s why Tallon decided to protect 25-year-old, restricted free-agent..." July 07

  • Panthers first-round pick Owen Tippett has a shot (and the shot) to make team

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Whether Owen Tippett walks into a room or is on the ice, he clearly stands out. His fiery shock of red hair is hard to ignore. However, far more relevant to his future and the Florida Panthers is the No. 10 draft pick’s lightning-quick release of a booming shot that is being compared to..." July 06

  • Panthers will give first-rounder Tippett a real shot to play next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "One can almost assume that the top picks of a given draft will make an instant jump to the NHL, but the picture gets muddier as you go down the rankings. As the 10th pick of 2017, Owen Tippett might face an uphill battle of making an impact right away for the Florida Panthers. Panthers GM..." July 05

  • It sounds like the Panthers have big plans for Evgeny Dadonov

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers were busy on the first day of free agency, saying goodbye to Jaromir Jagr and Jussi Jokinen and replacing them with forwards Evgeni Dadonov, Radim Vrbata and Michael Haley. Dadonov is probably the most intriguing of the new additions because he is somewhat of a mystery..." July 02

  • Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with Five Players

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed the following players to one-year, two-way contracts: forward Chase Balisy, forward Connor Brickley, defenseman Reece Scarlett and goaltender Harri Sateri. Additionally, forward..." July 02

  • Panthers sign Radim Vrbata to one-year deal

    TSN "Veteran forward Radim Vrbata has signed a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. Vrbata is coming off a 20-goal, 35-assist campaign with the Arizona Coyotes on his second tour with the team." July 01

  • Panthers' Demers nixes trade to Canucks

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, defenceman Jason Demers used his modified no-trade clause to nix a trade which would have sent him from the Florida Panthers to the Vancouver Canucks. The 27-year-old has reportedly been on the trade block since before the expansion draft, with the..." July 01

  • Panthers sign Dadonov to 3-year deal

    The Hockey Writers "It looks as though another Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) star is set to play in the NHL next season. The Florida Panthers have reportedly signed Evgeni Dadonov to a three-year deal worth $12 million (or an AAV of $4 million), according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Harvey Fialkov of the Sun..." July 01

  • Panthers finalizing 1-year extension with Alex Petrovic

    TSN "Pending restricted free agent defenceman Alex Petrovic and the Florida Panthers are finalizaing a one-year contract, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. McKenzie expects the deal to come in at an approximate average annual value of $1.8 million. The deal cannot be made official until..." July 01

  • Several Buyouts Before Deadline

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The deadline to buy out players is today, and several teams have taken advantage of the option before free agency starts. The following players have been placed on waivers for the purposes of a buyout: Mike Cammalleri (NJD), Devante Smith-Pelly (NJD), Mark Stuart (WIN), Lance Bouma (CGY), Ryan..." June 30

  • Jagr pokes fun at lagging free agent interest: 'I'm trying to call them'

    NHL.com "Jaromir Jagr is lonely, you guys. The free agent forward with 1,914 NHL points tweeted that his phone has been silent, at least in terms of hearing from anyone wanting to sign him for the upcoming season. He even went as far to say he's been cold-calling general managers and no one has..." June 30

  • Panthers will hire Jack Capuano as associate coach

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has been waiting to get behind the bench of another NHL team and it sounds like he’s about to get his wish. According to TSN hockey analyst Darren Dreger, Capuano is on the verge of becoming an associate coach with the Florida Panthers. The official..." June 23

  • Panthers name Pronger senior advisor

    TSN "Chris Pronger has joined the Florida Panthers as Senior Advisor to President of Hockey Operations. President of Hockey Ops and general manager Dale Tallon confirmed the move to reporters on a conference call Thursday. The 42-year-old Pronger has been working in the NHL's Department of..." June 22

  • Panthers unable to reach deal to keep last season's leading scorer, says Marchessault

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Changes are coming for the Florida Panthers this week and it will most likely begin with the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights pilfering Jonathan Marchessault, Florida’s leading goal scorer last season, on Wednesday. Marchessault, who led the Panthers with 30 goals in 2016-17, told TVA Sports..." June 20

  • Welcome Jonathan Marchessault to the trade rumor mill

    Pro Hockey Talk "And this is what Vegas can to do people. Per Sportsnet, Florida forward Jonathan Marchessault may soon hit the trade market, as the Panthers are caught in a protection issue for the upcoming expansion draft. Marchessault, 26, is a coveted asset the Panthers would love to keep. He’s on a..." June 17

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Panthers promote Bryan McCabe to director of player personnel

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers have promoted former defenseman Bryan McCabe to director of player personnel, the team announced Wednesday. McCabe, 42, played 15 seasons in the NHL, including his final three with the Panthers (2008-11). He has since been involved in the team’s player development..." June 14

  • Florida Panthers Name Bob Boughner Head Coach

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Bob Boughner (BOOG-nur) has been named the club's new head coach. "After an exhaustive search, we are pleased to welcome Bob as the new head coach of the Panthers," said Tallon. "He sees the game..." June 12

  • Keep or flip? Dion Phaneuf, Keith Yandle may be exposed in expansion draft

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s staggering how close the Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft is to really kicking into gear, and the pool of quality available players remains a pretty big mystery. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman provided some really fascinating possibilities in the latest edition of the always-essential..." June 11

  • Panthers closing in on deal to make Bob Boughner head coach

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Florida Panthers are closing in on a deal to name Bob Boughner as their new head coach, reports TSN’s Bob McKenzie (Twitter link). The team had requested permission to interview him back in early May. MacKenzie adds (via Twitter) that the Panthers also had interest in Nashville assistant..." June 10

  • Panthers still in talks with pending UFA Jagr

    TSN "The Florida Panthers and veteran forward Jaromir Jagr have been talking since the end of the season and are supposed to speak again this week about a new contract, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun mentions that the Panthers would likely wait until after the Las Vegas..." June 05

  • Jim Montgomery withdraws Florida Panthers coach candidacy, returns to NCAA

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers are still looking for their next head coach, and according to a report, one of the favourites to land the position has removed his name from contention. According to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Jim Montgomery has withdrawn himself from consideration to return to the..." June 02

  • Panthers sign Finnish league's top scorer

    TSN "The Florida Panthers have signed the Finnish league's leading scorer last season, Henrik Haapala to a contract Thursday, according to multiple reports. They also came to terms with their 2016 sixth-rounder, Maxim Mamin, who had been playing with CSKA Moscow. Haapala led SM-liiga in scoring..." June 02

  • Shawn Thornton hired as Florida Panthers’ business executive

    Sportsnet "Shawn Thornton is now a Florida Panthers executive. The recently retired forward was announced Thursday as the Panthers’ new vice-president of business operations. Thornton revealed in April that he would join the team’s front office and work under Panthers president and CEO Matthew Caldwell..." June 01

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • 12 NHL teams will alter uniforms in 2017-18

    Sportsnet "Save up for that back-to-school shopping, hockey fans. It will soon be time to update your wardrobe. A total of 12 NHL teams are reportedly preparing alterations to their existing uniforms for the 2017-18 season, the first season under the league’s seven-year contract with new outfitter..." May 25

  • Panthers to interview Bob Boughner for head coaching job

    TSN "The Florida Panthers will interview Bob Boughner about their vacant head coaching job, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. The Panthers got permission from the San Jose Sharks to speak to Boughner earlier this month. Boughner, 46, has been an assistant coach under Pete DeBoer in..." May 24

  • Report: Panthers waiting to interview Housley

    TSN "The Florida Panthers head coaching slot could remain vacant for another three weeks, if general manager Dale Tallon is set on speaking to the final name on his short list. According to Harvey Fialkov of the Florida Sun Sentinel, the team is waiting to interview Nashville Predators assistant..." May 24

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Panthers to interview Reirden for head coach

    TSN "Washington Capitals associate head coach Todd Reirden is the latest to join the Florida Panthers' list of head coaching candidates. TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli reports Reirden, who is also a potential candidate for the Buffalo Sabres' head coach opening, will have an interview..." May 15

  • Therrien gets second interview in Florida

    Pro Hockey Talk "Leading candidates are starting to emerge in the Panthers’ head coaching search. After Denver University bench boss Jim Montgomery had a second interview for the job, former Habs head coach Michel Therrien is reportedly being brought back for another as well, per the Miami Herald. This..." May 10

  • 8 potential sign-and-trade destinations for Ilya Kovalchuk

    Sportsnet "With the countdown to NHL’s unrestricted free agency lacking some of the zip of last year’s Stamkos Watch, the introduction of a potential Ilya Kovalchuk bidding war provides a welcome wrinkle to the hockey off-season. New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero confirmed with Kovalchuk’s..." May 10

  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Progressing well, avoids back surgery

    CBS Sports "Barkov (back) is making positive strides in his rehab, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports, adding that the center won't require surgery and is already preparing for next season. Though he missed 21 games, Barkov was a force to be reckoned with when he did play -- he fashioned 52 points,..." May 07

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • Panthers get permission to speak to Sharks' Boughner

    TSN "The Florida Panthers have been given permission from the San Jose Sharks to speak to Bob Boughner about their vacant head coaching job, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. Boughner, 46, has been an assistant coach under Pete DeBoer in San Jose for the past two seasons. Before..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • Panthers to talk extension with Jagr’s agent this week

    Sun Sentinel "Although the underachieving Florida Panthers are watching the Stanley Cup playoffs instead of participating in them, general manager Dale Tallon believes the talent-laden, youthful roster only needs a few tweaks to get back on the winning track. While Tallon is busy interviewing coaching..." May 02