Panthers Rumors & News

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

  • Sabres' Pouliot escapes discipline for hit on Panthers' Yandle

    Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres got a break from the long arm of the NHL law and will have Benoit Pouliot in the lineup when they meet the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Bell Centre. After a phone hearing, the NHL's Department of Player Safety ruled there would be no supplemental discipline for Pouliot in..." November 11

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Owen Tippett Sent Back To OHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Florida Panthers—taking a page out of the Edmonton Oilers book—have sent 18-year old Owen Tippett back to his junior club. Tippett had played seven games with the Panthers, scoring one goal, but will now return to the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL. He will not burn a year of his..." November 06

  • Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Lifted from IR

    CBS Sports "Luongo (thumb) was activated from injured reserve Saturday. At this point, it's not clear if the Panthers will give Bobby Lou the start against the Rangers on Saturday or turn to James Reimer and let the veteran backstop get settled in first." November 04

  • Florida Panthers Recall Chase Balisy

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Florida Panthers have made a roster move to start the morning off, recalling Chase Balisy from the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds. The move is likely in response to Connor Brickley’s upper-body injury suffered last night, which has been deemed day-to-day. Balisy, 25, was a sixth-round pick..." October 27

  • Panthers claim goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers have claimed goaltender Antti Niemi off of waivers. Niemi was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, after three porous starts with the team. The 34-year-old will likely provide insurance in the crease while Roberto Luongo recovers from a hand injury suffered on..." October 24

  • Roberto Luongo leaves game with apparent injury

    Sportsnet "Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo had to leave Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with an apparent thumb injury on his right hand. Luongo got his arm pinned against the net by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary in the third period, and had to be replaced by James..." October 21

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Panthers Announce 8-Year Contract Extension for Defenseman Mike Matheson

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today the club has signed defenseman Mike Matheson to an eight-year contract extension. "Mike is an important part of our team's young core and we are thrilled that he has decided to remain a Panther for..." October 09

  • Panthers reportedly working on contract extension for defenseman Mike Matheson

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers defensive corps is full of offensive-minded defensemen. And it could be locking up another with a reported contract extension. Sportsnet reported Saturday night that the Panthers were working on an eight-year contract extension with Mike Matheson with an average annual..." October 08

  • Brandon Pirri, P.A. Parenteau released from tryout contracts

    Pro Hockey Talk "With NHL teams in the process of finalizing their rosters for the start of the season, players that were in camps on tryout contracts are starting to find out whether or not they are going to stick on a roster. For Brandon Pirri and P.A. Parenteau, the answer to that question on Sunday is, at..." October 01

  • Florida Panthers make three cuts, but more roster decisions loom

    Miami Herald "The Florida Panthers, who wrapped up their exhibition schedule on Friday night with a road game at the Montreal Canadiens, still have some roster decisions to make before next week’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here’s a closer look at the roster, which stands at 26 players —..." September 30

  • Jaromir Jagr Talking With Three NHL Teams

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to Andy Strickland of FOX Sports, Jaromir Jagr is currently in talks with three NHL teams. There had been rumors that Jagr would suit up for Kladno, his Czech team this weekend, but those were dispelled by the man himself saying that he was still talking to NHL teams that wouldn’t want..." September 29

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Trocheck’s upper-body injury not believed to be ‘anything serious’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Vincent Trocheck scored a goal during Tuesday’s exhibition game versus Nashville, however the 24-year-old forward had his night limited by an upper-body injury. Trocheck recorded 6:49 of ice time — the vast majority of that taking place on the power play — in the first period and missed the..." September 20

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • Panthers, Lightning pitch in on NHL's $2.7M donation to Hurricane Irma relief

    Sporting News "With displaced players doing their part to fund hurricane relief efforts from afar, the Panthers and Lightning teamed up with the NHL and its union to aid in Florida's recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The NHL and NHLPA on Tuesday announced a joint donation of $2.7 million to be..." September 12

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Panthers set charter to evacuate players, staff, family members ahead of Hurricane Irma

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers will be among those evacuating Broward County ahead of Hurricane Irma while the organization provides support to the responders who will help the community deal with the storm. The Panthers have a charter set to fly 90 players, coaches, family members and other staff from..." September 08

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • ‘Don’t be afraid’ — Panthers’ Ekblad voices support for LGBT athletes

    Pro Hockey Talk "Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has recently voiced his support of the LGBT community — and LGBT athletes in particular. The 21-year-old Ekblad recently made the comments to Boca Raton Magazine, following an appearance in a Nike commercial supporting the LGBT community. From Boca..." September 02

  • Panthers add Harry Zolnierczyk to PTO mix

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers already handed a PTO offer to Brandon Pirri, and now they’re doing the same with Harry Zolnierczyk. With Radim Vrbata, Evgeni Dadonov, and Micheal Haley already added to the roster with full contracts this summer, the Panthers will have some work to do in integrating new..." September 01

  • Florida Panthers Announce PTO for Forward Harry Zolnierczk

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed forward Harry Zolnierczyk to a professional tryout. Zolnierczyk, 29, appeared in 24 regular season games with the Nashville Predators during the 2016-17 season, recording four..." August 31

  • Florida Panthers host first ice hockey clinic in Caribbean

    Sportsnet "Most people go to Barbados for a relaxing time on the beach. But this week the Florida Panthers went there to play hockey. The trip marked the first NHL ice hockey clinic in the Caribbean. Last summer the Panthers hosted a ball hockey clinic on the island, which sits 2,596 kilometres southeast..." August 26

  • Jagr's agent 'working around the clock' to find NHL contract

    CBS Sports "All of a sudden (finally), the Jaromir Jagr free agent market could be heating up. Just days after Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman suggested the Calgary Flames "have kind of looked at" signing the 45-year-old forward, Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, told News 1130 Sports' Rick Dhaliwal he is "working..." August 26

  • “No Comment” On Jagr-To-Calgary Rumors

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The last few days, there have been some unverified rumors of Jaromir Jagr potentially heading to the Calgary Flames. While these could be true, our job here at Pro Hockey Rumors is to wade through all those reports, and only give you the most reliable information. Still, as they’ve persisted Rick..." August 24

  • Panthers prospect Tippett: 'I have the upside of Phil Kessel'

    Sportsnet "Owen Tippett was 16 years old when he got the same tattoo as his older sister. Joscelin was 18. The two siblings, best friends pulled apart for a time, ventured to the parlour together and etched their bond in permanent ink. I hope your dreams stay big and your worries stay small. The..." August 24

  • Jason Demers doesn’t deny nixing Canucks trade, looks forward to 2017-18

    Sportsnet "Jason Demers doesn’t need you to remind him that he needs to be better. The Florida Panthers’ top-four defenceman was exposed in the Vegas expansion draft despite the club’s decision to protect four blueliners in June. (The Golden Knights plucked forward Jonathan Marchessault instead.) Then,..." August 22

  • Flames might have interest in Jagr

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’re mere weeks away from the start of training camp, but Jaromir Jagr remains unsigned. Even at the age of 45 he can still contribute as he did last season with Florida, but is there a team out there that ultimately will pay the future Hall of Famer to extend his NHL career? That remains to..." August 22

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Luongo cleared to return for Panthers after hip surgery

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo said he feels healthy and has been cleared medically after having surgery to repair a torn hip labrum in May, the Miami Herald reported Monday. "I was rehabbing until late May and I was released to have my regular summer routine," Luongo, 38, said..." August 21

  • Panthers invite longtime KHL blue-liner Belov to training camp

    TSN "Veteran KHL defenceman Nikolai Belov will spend training camp with the Florida Panthers next month on a professional tryout basis. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed the agreement to George Richards of the Miami Herald on Monday. Belov, 30, played in 59 games last season with the..." August 21

  • Jaromir Jagr Is a Victim of Ageism and Stupidity

    Vice Sports "Jaromir Jagr, like so many of us, is incredibly talented and unemployed. People like us, the supremely gifted, are left to wonder how we reached this point in our lives. We look at the landscape and fight to understand how others are plying their trade for fair wages while we are left to..." August 18

  • Panthers alumni to play charity game against Coral Springs first responders

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Florida Panthers alumni will again join forces with Coral Springs firefighters and police officers in a Pucks for Bucks charity hockey game on Sept. 16. Among the former Panthers expected to lace up the skates for the 1 p.m. game in the IceDen are Tomas Fleischmann, Ed Jovanovski, Bryan McCabe,..." August 12

  • Barkov hopes Jagr continues playing

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov was hoping he would get to play with forward Jaromir Jagr again this season. Now he just wants to see Jagr get a chance to play anywhere. "I hope he signs somewhere," Barkov said Thursday during the European Player Media Tour. "Whether it's the NHL,..." August 10

  • Jagr didn't expect finding a new team to be so difficult

    NHL.com "Jaromir Jagr said Wednesday he wasn't expecting it to be so difficult to sign with an NHL team this offseason. "The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno. Because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants," joked Jagr, who owns the team in Czech Republic's second-tier..." August 10

  • Panthers take care of free agents by signing MacKenzie Weegar

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers wrapped up their most pressing off-season tasks by Thursday, as they signed one last free agent in defenseman MacKenzie Weegar. Weegar, 23, receives a one-year, two-way contract. The financial terms are unclear." August 04

  • Ekblad determined to take Panthers to higher level

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has plenty of reasons to forget about last season. Ekblad was injured early in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and had to leave the tournament prematurely. Six months later, a concussion ended his season 10 games early. Very little went right in between...." August 03