Panthers Rumors & News

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Ekblad accuses Finland of diving: 'I think it's cowardly'

    The Score "In Aaron Ekblad's eyes, it wasn't just Canada's lack of discipline that led to the glut of penalties taken Saturday afternoon. The Canadians suffered their second loss in the tournament, losing in stunning fashion, 5-1, to Finland. The game saw Canada take 11 minor penalties, a number that..." May 12

  • Panthers aim to be active in free agency

    NHL.com "The Florida Panthers plan to pursue high-end players during NHL free agency this summer and general manager Dale Tallon said they have the budget to do so. "I would say yes, we do," Tallon told the Sun-Sentinel on Tuesday. "We've identified and we like certain players. We have it in our budget...." May 01

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Boyle, Luongo, Jordan Staal named Masterton finalists

    NHL.com "Forward Brian Boyle of the New Jersey Devils, goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers and forward Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of..." April 21

  • Barkov, Karlsson, O’Reilly are 2018 Lady Byng Trophy finalists

    Pro Hockey Talk "Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers, William Karlsson of the Vegas Golden Knights, and Ryan O’Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres have been named as the three finalists for the 2018 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced on Friday. The award, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers..." April 20

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • A bittersweet ending for Panthers. But this is the lesson they learned for next season

    Miami Herald "Last month, the New Jersey Devils coach admitted he watched a Florida Panthers game on his day off. Panthers coach Bob Boughner, meanwhile, said he caught himself scoreboard-watching while on the bench, looking for out-of-town results. That’s a glimpse into what it was like the past several..." April 09

  • Florida Panthers’ Radim Vrbata To Retire After Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Florida Panthers honored veteran Radim Vrbata during tonight’s game and announced that tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres will be his final appearance in an NHL uniform. He is not expected to play tomorrow and will retire at the end of the season, confirms Buffalo News’ Mike..." April 08

  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Done for regular season

    CBS Sports "Barkov (undisclosed) will not return to the lineup in either of the team's two remaining regular-season contests, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports. While Barkov could make his way back for the start of the playoffs, the team will have to make it there without his services. " April 07

  • NHL Announces Potential Tie-Breaker Game For Eastern Playoff Spot

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Amazingly, there is a scenario in which over the next few days the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers could end the season tied in every category the NHL uses to determine standings. That’s exactly what the league addressed today when they released the tie-breaker procedures for such a..." April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Owen Tippett assigned to Springfield Thunderbirds

    Yardbarker "Like his teammates Nic Hague and Micheal McLeod yesterday, Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Tippett has been assigned to the AHL after his OHL playoff run came to an end. Tippett, who spent the start of the season playing seven games for the Florida Panthers, will ply his trade at the minor..." April 04

  • Luongo to play 1,000th NHL game when Panthers face Bruins

    NHL.com "Roberto Luongo is expected to play his 1,000th NHL game when the Florida Panthers face the Boston Bruins at BB&T Center on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, FS-F, NESN, NHL.TV). Luongo, 39, will become the third goalie (Martin Brodeur, 1,266; Patrick Roy, 1,029) to reach the milestone. It would..." April 04

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Roberto Luongo plays on back-to-back nights for first time in two years

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "In a last-ditch effort to arrive where they were two years ago, the Florida Panthers will resort to a tactic not used in two years. Goaltender Roberto Luongo will play on back-to-back nights. The Panthers entered Tuesday night’s game against Nashville five points out of a playoff spot with..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Panthers’ Henrik Borgstrom learning to adapt to NHL life quickly

    Sportsnet "They say there’s a never a bad day in the NHL. Just ask Henrik Borgstrom, who reported for his first day of duty with the Florida Panthers and had no complaints about a less glamorous work environment than the one he left behind at the University of Denver. The grey folding chair that served..." March 28

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Panthers' Luongo (UBI) out vs. Coyotes

    TSN "Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will miss Saturday's game against the Arizona Coyotes, Panthers head coach Bob Boughner told reporters. The Panthers recalled Harri Sateri, who will back up James Reimer Saturday. Luongo is hopeful to return..." March 24

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Adam Mascherin Will Not Sign With Florida Panthers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Tucked away in Craig Custance’s piece for The Athletic (subscription required) is a report that Florida Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin will not sign with the team before the draft, forcing Dale Tallon to shop him around trying to get some sort of value out of their second-round..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Panthers Sign Forward Patrick Bajkov to a 3-Year Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed forward Patrick Bajkov (BIGH-kov) to a three-year entry-level contract. "Patrick is a skilled forward who has earned this contract through hard work and dedication to his..." March 09

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • NHL Announces Global Series Schedule

    Pro Hockey Rumors "This season, the NHL returned to their Global Series with events in China and Sweden. Both were considered successes, and now the league has released their plan for the 2018-19 season, which will include four different international cities. In the preseason, the Global Series Challenge will..." March 06

  • Dadonov’s NHL return pays off for Panthers

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers have been lampooned for an off-season that saw them power up the Vegas Golden Knights with both Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith, prompting all sorts of jokes about their second line and GM Dale Tallon. You can’t call that summer of moves a total failure,..." March 05

  • Florida Panthers Sign Defenseman Riley Stillman to a 3-Year Entry-Level

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed defenseman Riley Stillman to a three-year entry-level contract. "Riley is a mobile defenseman with an NHL pedigree who can play with an edge to his game and has had a strong..." March 04

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23

  • Roberto Luongo gives emotional pregame speech about school shooting

    Larry Brown Sports "Longtime Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo gave an emotional speech about the Parkland school shooting prior to the team’s home game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Luongo is in his 10th season with the team, spread over two stints. Luongo lives in Parkland and says his..." February 23

  • Bruins trade Vatrano to Florida for third-round pick

    NBC Sports Boston "The Bruins are making more moves well ahead of the Monday trade deadline as they shipped injured winger Frank Vatrano to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2018 third-round pick. The trade somewhat eases a crowded roster, essentially gives the B’s a replacement for the third-rounder they..." February 22

  • Panthers to honor, support victims of Florida school shooting

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers are planning to help and honor the victims and their families of last week’s shooting that claimed the lives of 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The Panthers will hold a moment of silence for the victims prior to puck drop at BB&T Center, just..." February 22

  • Panthers would have 'five or six more wins' if Roberto Luongo was healthy, Bob Boughner says

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "For the second time this season, Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo appears to be returning from an injury with strong performances. During Florida’s 1-0 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night, Luongo stopped 30 of 31 shots on goal, his lone blemish a James van Riemsdyk goal in the final minute of..." February 21

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • Barkov brings unique two-way game to Panthers, game film shows

    NHL.com "The first video clip runs for a few seconds. Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner spots something already. "Back it up," he says in a conference room at their practice rink. "Right here. Watch." On the screen is center Aleksander Barkov, the 22-year-old whom general manager Dale Tallon calls..." February 18

  • Luongo will start for Panthers against Flames

    NHL.com "Goalie Roberto Luongo will make his first start in more than two months when the Florida Panthers visit the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CITY, SNW, FS-F, NHL.TV). Luongo has not played in the past 27 games after sustaining a lower-body injury making a pad save with his right leg on a..." February 16

  • Vrbata gave Panthers list of 10 teams he can be traded to last month

    TSN "The Florida Panthers requested a 10-team "yes" trade list from Radim Vrbata last month and the veteran forward submitted it, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun adds that there would likely be a "limited market" for the 36-year-old, but anything is possible before the Feb. 26..." February 15

  • Panthers activate goalie Roberto Luongo from injured reserve

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers activated goaltender Roberto Luongo from injured reserve on Wednesday, but the 38-year-old netminder will back up James Reimer on Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks. Luongo has not played in a game since injuring his groin on Dec. 4 against the New York Islanders..." February 15

  • Panthers still weighing goaltending options ahead of road trip

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers still have three goaltenders — for now. The club is approaching a decision about its goaltending situation, complicated by Harri Sateri’s strong recent play and the return of both Roberto Luongo and James Reimer from groin injuries. Luongo (on injured reserve) and Reimer..." February 12

  • Panthers sign Colton Sceviour to 3-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "Colton Sceviour will remain with the Florida Panthers for the foreseeable future. The team announced on Monday that it has signed the defensive-minded forward to a three-year contract extension. “Colton is a hard-working, versatile player who has become a key part of our success on the penalty..." February 12

  • Luongo returns to practice for Panthers

    NHL.com "Goalie Roberto Luongo practiced with the Florida Panthers on Thursday for the first time since injuring his groin against the New York Islanders on Dec. 4. "It's been a while," Luongo said. "It's been a tough road here the last couple months. A lot of ups and downs, but just excited to be back..." February 08

  • Laine, Barkov heading home for regular season games next year

    Pro Hockey Talk "Finnish supremacy will be duked out in the homeland of Patrik Laine and Aleksander Barkov next season. The NHL is sending four teams to Europe during the 2018-19 season, with a marquee matchup that will pit two of the best Finland-born players currently plying their trades in the NHL for a..." January 27

  • James Reimer out weeks with lower body injury

    Yardbarker "When the Florida Panthers recalled first-year goalie Samuel Montembeault yesterday to join fellow rookie keeper Harri Sateri, it was only a matter of time before the news came out about what injury had forced starter James Reimer to join the Panthers’ other dinged up veteran, Roberto Luongo, on..." January 25