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  • Ekblad broke nose on Domi punch, vows 'Scores will be settled'

    TSN "Aaron Ekblad revealed Friday he sustained a broken nose when he was punched by Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi on Wednesday night. The Florida Panthers defenceman said he doesn't believe Domi’s suspension for the remainder of the preseason fits the crime and vowed..." September 22

  • Domi addresses suspension: 'By no means did I want to hurt him'

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi spoke for the first time since being suspended for the remainder of the preseason for punching Florida Panthers blue-liner Aaron Ekblad. As transcribed by Stu Cowan of The Montreal Gazette, Domi said: "It's a real tough situation,..." September 22

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Max Domi ejected after punching, bloodying Aaron Ekblad

    Pro Hockey Talk "Max Domi didn’t take long to make an impact with the Montreal Canadiens, but it might earn him a suspension for when the games actually start to matter. Domi was ejected from tonight’s 5-2 exhibition loss to the Florida Panthers after landing what many call a..." September 20

  • Captaincy continues Aleksander Barkov’s growth as a player

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was Shawn Thornton who requested that Aleksander Barkov move his stall closer to his within the Florida Panthers’ locker room. In Barkov’s second year in the NHL it was Thornton’s goal to get the shy young Finn to show off his personality a little bit more around his..." September 18

  • Aleksander Barkov named 10th captain in Florida Panthers history

    Fox Sports Florida "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced Monday that forward Aleksander Barkov has been named the 10th captain in Panthers franchise history. Over Florida’s 25-year history in the NHL, Barkov joins a group of..." September 17

  • Panthers forward Jamie McGinn out indefinitely following back surgery

    Fox Sports Florida "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced Friday that Panthers forward Jamie McGinn has undergone successful back surgery and will be out of the lineup indefinitely. McGinn, 30, appeared in 76 games for the Panthers in..." September 14

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Luongo hopes to help Panthers reach Stanley Cup potential

    NHL.com "Roberto Luongo is excited about the future of the Florida Panthers, and hopeful all their potential can be realized while he's still playing. The 39-year-old goaltender is preparing for his 19th NHL season focused on winning, not milestones or career honors. Luongo, with..." September 01

  • Court records reveal how events unfolded before Karlsson-Hoffman dispute became public

    Ottawa Citizen "New court filings obtained by this newspaper reveal that the woman accused of a season-long campaign of online harassment against Melinda Karlsson has tried to clear her name ahead of a court date that will determine whether Karlsson is forced to disclose any evidence against her. In..." September 01

  • Troy Brouwer signs 1-year deal with Panthers

    TSN "Weeks after being bought out by the Calgary Flames, Troy Brouwer has found a new home. The 33-year-old Vancouver native has agreed to a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers, the club announced on Monday. Brouwer appeared in 76 contests for the Flames a year ago, scoring..." August 27

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Panthers sign Letestu to professional tryout

    The Score "The Florida Panthers have signed forward Mark Letestu to a professional tryout, the team announced Tuesday. The 33-year-old is coming off a 2017-18 season split between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets. He tallied eight goals..." August 14

  • Panthers do one thing about as well as anyone in the NHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Hockey nerds, would you like a fun activity? C’mon, the season is far away, you know you want one … Ask yourself a question: what are the best contracts in the NHL, under two parameters: 1. The contract must have some term on it. It was a great run, Erik..." August 13

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Bjugstad confident Panthers can be playoff team

    NHL.com "Nick Bjugstad and the Florida Panthers are done looking toward the future. As far as they're concerned, the future is now. "This team, the core has kind of grown up together, and we feel it's time," Bjugstad said Wednesday between games in Da Beauty League, a 4-on-4..." August 02

  • Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with Defenseman MacKenzie Weegar

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar on a one-year, one-way contract. "We are pleased to have agreed to terms with MacKenzie," said Tallon...." July 25

  • How to Fix the Panthers’ Jerseys

    The Hockey Writers "The Florida Panthers are on the rise. Since ending the 2017-18 National Hockey League season on a 25-8-2 run, the Panthers have added some quality depth up front, their defense has another year of experience and an intriguing addition, and they’ve bolstered their..." July 23

  • Monika Caryk wants court order in cyberbullying scandal involving Erik Karlsson's wife

    ESPN "Monika Caryk, the fiancée of current Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman, has filed an application with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking the disclosure of information in a cyberbullying scandal involving Melinda Karlsson, the wife of Ottawa Senators player Erik..." July 21

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Panthers strengthen offense with Hoffman, defense with Kiselevich

    NHL.com "The Florida Panthers wanted to get more balance on offense this offseason, and they're hoping they found it with forward Mike Hoffman. The acquisition of Hoffman in a trade from the San Jose Sharks on June 19 filled one of the few needs for the Panthers, who were among the best..." July 17

  • Panthers Sign Julian Melchiori to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman Julian Melchiori on a one-year, two-way contract. Melchiori, 26, appeared in 49 regular season games with the..." July 13

  • Panthers unlikely to trade Nick Bjugstad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad has long been in trade speculation but nothing has come to fruition.  Even though his name has popped up in the rumor mill once again as of late, his agent Ben Hankinson told Michael Russo of The Athletic during an interview on KFAN (audio link) that..." July 11

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Does it matter who Panthers center Aleksander Barkov's linemates are?

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "For the Florida Panthers, almost everything starts with the performance of star center Aleksander Barkov. He’s arguably the best defensive forward in hockey and absorbs massive minutes, all while contributing nearly a point per game on offense, starring on the power play,..." July 09

  • Panthers re-sign defenseman Alexander Petrovic to one-year contract

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers will have their entire defense under contract for next season. After restricted free agent MacKenzie Weegar filed for arbitration on Thursday afternoon, the team signed Alexander Petrovic to a one-year, one-way extension on Friday afternoon. It is worth..." July 06

  • Florida Panthers Sign Jacob MacDonald, Paul Thompson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Florida Panthers have signed another pair of minor league players, inking Jacob MacDonald and Paul Thompson to two-year, two-way contracts. " July 02

  • Panthers Agree to Terms with Goaltender Michael Hutchinson

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms with goaltender Michael Hutchinson on a one-year, one-way contract. "Michael is a hard working young goaltender who will bolster our depth in..." July 01

  • Panthers sign McCann to two-year deal

    TSN "The Florida Panthers announced Sunday they have signed restricted free agent centre Jared McCann to a two-year contract. The 22-year-old finished with nine goals and 19 assists in 68 games for the Panthers last season, his second year with the club. "Jared is a..." July 01

  • Panthers Re-Sign Frank Vatrano

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Panthers have signed their trade deadline acquisition to a new deal, announcing that they’ve signed winger Frank Vatrano to a one-year, one-way contract.  Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. " June 29

  • After NHL draft, Panthers aim 'to sit tight and be patient' in upcoming free agency

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers’ immediate future should look a lot like their immediate past. By virtue of last week’s trade for Mike Hoffman, the team addressed a major need for a scoring winger. So when NHL free agency opens next week, Florida could be quiet,..." June 25

  • Panthers select Grigori Denisenko with 15th pick

    The Score "The Florida Panthers chose forward Grigori Denisenko 15th overall Friday night. Grigori Denisenko Position: LW Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 176 lbs Age: 17 Club: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Jr. (MHL) Nationality:..." June 22

  • Sens GM on trading Hoffman: 'Our dressing room was broken'

    The Score "Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion traded away forward Mike Hoffman for the sake of his team, he told reporters Thursday. "Trading Mike Hoffman was something we needed to do, our dressing room was broken" Dorion said, per TSN. "We have to have a dressing room..." June 21

  • Senators were instructed not to trade Hoffman within the division

    The Score "The Ottawa Senators were instructed not to trade forward Mike Hoffman within the Atlantic Division, an NHL source told The Athletic's Craig Custance. It's uncertain who exactly was making these demands to general manager Pierre Dorion, but based on the team's..." June 19

  • Panthers' Tallon 'confident' Hoffman will be embraced by team

    The Score "Mike Hoffman has been employed by three different hockey franchises in the last handful of hours after being dealt from Ottawa to San Jose, and then from San Jose to Florida before noon on Tuesday. So naturally, there were questions to be answered surrounding the Panthers' newest..." June 19

  • Panthers' Tallon 'confident' Hoffman will be embraced by team

    The Score "Mike Hoffman has been employed by three different hockey franchises in the last handful of hours after being dealt from Ottawa to San Jose, and then from San Jose to Florida before noon on Tuesday. So naturally, there were questions to be answered surrounding..." June 19

  • San Jose Sharks Flip Mike Hoffman To Florida Panthers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The San Jose experience didn’t last long for Mike Hoffman, as the Sharks have flipped their newest forward to the Florida Panthers in exchange for 2019 second, 2018 fourth and 2018 fifth round picks.  " June 19

  • As Panthers bleed millions annually, Vinnie Viola aims to be 'a very competitive, non-cap team'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The machinery that operates a professional hockey team like the Florida Panthers is intimately intertwined, where the income statements impact the standings, where the winning percentage influences the bottom line, and where it all guides the future of a franchise. Perhaps..." June 19

  • McCann a strong scorer still struggling to find a balanced style

    Yardbarker "Key Restricted Free Agents: C Jared McCann – At age 22 and heading into his fourth NHL season, McCann is still a very raw talent. The 2014 first-round pick often thinks the game faster than he plays it and is prone to mistakes. He plays little special teams role for the Panthers and..." June 10

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Forward prospect Adam Mascherin doesn't sign with Panthers, will re-enter NHL draft

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "What was expected is now official: Adam Mascherin will not be a Florida Panther. Mascherin, a 2016 second-round draft pick, did not to sign with the Panthers ahead of Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline, meaning he will re-enter the draft later this month. Florida selected the winger..." June 02

  • Panthers sign Russian defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich to one-year contract

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "For 19 years, Bogdan Kiselevich thought about playing in the NHL. He played the video game NHL 99 on his computer. He watched documentaries about the Detroit Red Wings winning the Stanley Cup with a Russian core. And after nine season’s in Russia’s..." June 01

  • Panthers sign defensemen Josh Brown, Ludwig Bystrom to two-way deals

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers signed Josh Brown and Ludwig Bystrom, a pair of minor-league defensemen, to two-way contracts on Thursday afternoon, the team announced. Brown signed for two years, while Bystrom signed for one. Both players were restricted free agents who spent all of..." May 31

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Aleksi Heponiemi Signs Two-Year Contract In Finland

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the Florida Panthers selected Aleksi Heponiemi in the second round last summer, he had just finished his first in the WHL where he scored 86 points in 72 games and was named Rookie of the Year. The undersized but extremely skilled center was picked 40th overall, and sent back to the Swift..." May 28

  • Florida Panthers' keys heading into '18 offseason

    Yardbarker "With just two teams still playing, the rest have already started their offseason planning. What storylines lie ahead around the league? Our Offseason Keys series continues with a look at the Florida Panthers. This past season was a bit of a strange one for Florida. After a down year..." May 26

  • 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