Panthers Rumors & News

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

  • Jaromir Jagr says he is letting his hair grow and bringing back his mullet

    CBS Sports "Jaromir Jagr is going back in time. In what might be the most hilarious -- and best -- story of the 2015-16 NHL season, the veteran forward told Panthers beat writer George Richards on Monday that he is letting his hair grow and bringing back the mullet that he wore for the first half of his..." October 05

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

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    George Richards @GeorgeRichards

    Dale Tallon alludes that either David Booth or Martin Havlat will make the #FlaPanthers opening roster although probably not both.

  • Panthers' Bjugstad learning how to succeed in NHL "When the Florida Panthers acquired veteran Jaromir Jagr seven months ago to help their push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it was a thrill of a lifetime for the young core of Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad, none of whom had been born when Jagr made his NHL..." September 25

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Jaromir Jagr blackmailed with scandalous model selfie, doesn’t care: Report

    Yahoo! Sports "At this point in his life, 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr isn’t just marching to his own drummer, but basically his own drum corps. He’ll play as long as he wants. He play wherever he feels like it (i.e. places with a lack of personal income tax). He’s Jaromir Friggin’ Jagr, and you’re not. So maybe..." September 21

  • Nick Bjugstad returns to Panthers lineup after back surgery ended his 2014-15 season

    Miami Herald "Few players were more ready to get training camp going and get back to a normal hockey routine than Nick Bjugstad. A herniated disk cut last season short for Bjugstad as he underwent surgery in March to relieve pain so severe general manager Dale Tallon said even tying his shoes was an..." September 20

  • Former NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney retires

    The Score "Ryan Whitney has hung 'em up. The nine-year NHL veteran defenseman and 2010 Olympic silver medalist announced his retirement Sunday morning via Twitter." September 20

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    Harvey Fialkov @hfialkov

    Tallon indicated that Crouse will get his 9-game audition so not many spots left for now #flapanthers

  • Panthers sign leading scorer Jonathan Huberdeau to reported $6.5 million deal

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "After a protracted negotiation, the Florida Panthers finally signed restricted free agent Jonathan Huberdeau on Thursday to a two-year bridge deal worth a reported $6.5 million. Huberdeau flew in from Montreal Thursday afternoon and will take his physical and be on the ice for the first..." September 17

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • Jonathan Huberdeau offer sheet drama?

    Yahoo! Sports "On Tuesday morning, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel reported that Florida Panthers RFA Jonathan Huberdeau was mulling a two-year offer from the team – a bridge contract for the 22-year-old center, who made $3,194,166 against the cap in the last season of his rookie deal. It makes sense for..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    FLA has given RFA Jonathan Huberdeau what it is terming its best offer on 2 year bridge deal. Huberdeau is still mulling it over.

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Panthers Bring in Martin Havlat on Tryout

    The Hockey Writers "The Florida Panthers have invited veteran forward Martin Havlat to training camp on a professional tryout contract (PTO) the team announced on Friday. Havlat has crossed the 20-goal threshold six times in his 14-year career. However, it’s been four seasons since the 34-year-old has hit that..." September 11

  • Panthers invite David Booth to camp on tryout deal

    Puck Drunk Love "The Florida Panthers have announced that the club has invited forward David Booth to camp on a player tryout. Booth had the best seasons of his career with Florida in the late 2000’s, with his best coming in 2008-09 when the 30-year-old scored 31 goals. After dealing with a variety of injuries,..." September 10

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • Panthers will bring hockey to Dominican Republic

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers are set to bring hockey (and Stanley C. Panther) to the Dominican Republic from Sept. 8-10. Specifically, their latest youth hockey and community outreach initative will take place in Santo Domingo with the help of JetBlue. Forward Vincent Trocheck and TV analyst Randy..." September 05

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • 3 potential landing spots for Patrick Kane

    The Score "When the Chicago Blackhawks skated off the ice with their third Stanley Cup in six years back in June, it seemed unthinkable that Patrick Kane's name would come up in trade speculation ahead of training camp. Yet, amid an ongoing police investigation revolving around an alleged sexual assault,..." September 02

  • Blues invite Scottie Upshall to training camp on pro tryout

    The Score "Scottie Upshall is going to have to work for his next NHL contract. The free-agent forward has been invited to attend St. Louis Blues training camp on a professional tryout, general manager Doug Armstrong announced Tuesday. " September 01

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Shawn Thornton mistaken for WWE's John Cena

    CSN New England "Ever look at former Bruin Shawn Thornton and think, "Wow, that guy looks like WWE superstar John Cena!" We didn't think so. But one concertgoer at a recent Zac Brown Band show at Fenway Park saw Thornton and visions of Cena popped right into his head. Watch the video above to see both Fred..." August 18

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Pavel Bure is helping to start hockey league for retired players

    CBS Sports "Hockey Hall of Famer Pavel Bure last appeared in an NHL game during the 2002-03 season before injury issues resulted in a premature end to his career at the age of 31. More than a decade later Bure is leading the charge to help get retired players back on the ice in a competitive setting in..." August 16

  • Roberto Luongo thinks 3-on-3 overtime will be exciting

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL is moving to 3-on-3 overtime hockey beginning in 2015-16 and the change has been met with mixed reactions. Some fans love the fact that the league is trying to reduce the emphasis on the shootout while others fear this is yet another gimmick. Those mixed feelings are also seen in various..." August 15

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Can Jaromir Jagr help lift the young Panthers to the playoffs?

    CBS Sports "With just four playoff appearances in their 22 year existence -- and only one in the past 14 years -- Florida Panthers fans have known pretty much nothing but losing and disappointment. Even that most recent playoff appearance in 2011-12 came during a season where they won only 38 out of 82..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Panthers GM Tallon explains struggles of defenseman Dylan Olsen

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Young defenseman Dylan Olsen scored nine points in his first 15 games with the Panthers two seasons ago and earned his first one-way, two-year contract that summer. However, last season, Olsen started to struggle in his defensive zone as costly turnovers began to mount. Finally, after..." August 07

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • Panthers’ development camp not all about just hockey

    Miami Herald "The Panthers will get their first look at some of their newest acquisitions starting Monday in Coral Springs. Florida’s development camp comes just a few days after the NHL Draft was held in Sunrise. Those who were drafted by the Panthers and in attendance — such as top pick Lawson Crouse —..." July 27

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Panthers sign top pick Lawson Crouse to 3-year deal

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers signed their top draft pick Lawson Crouse to a three-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday. “We are very pleased to have signed Lawson to an entry-level contract," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "Lawson is a strong, skilled and physically mature forward with..." July 16

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14