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  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Panthers Agree to Terms with Aleksi Heponiemi on 3-Year Contract "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallonannounced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Aleksi Heponiemi on a three-year, entry-level contract beginning in the 2019-20 season. "We are thrilled to have agreed..." May 15

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Barkov, O'Reilly, Monahan nominated for Lady Byng

    Yahoo! Sports "Next up in the NHL’s 2018-19 awards announcements is the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” The nominees, who are voted..." April 19

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Joel Quenneville sees parallels between current Panthers team and Blackhawks team he took over

    NBC Sports Chicago "Joel Quenneville might be joining a new team, but that doesn't mean things will be completely different. Monday, the Florida Panthers announced the hiring of Quenneville, 60, as their next head coach. At his introductory press conference, the former Blackhawks head coach said he..." April 09

  • Quenneville sees Panthers roster with right ‘ingredients to win’

    Pro Hockey Talk "As his new players watched from the back of the room, Joel Quenneville had a message to them during his introductory press conference as Florida Panthers head coach. “I want everyone of you guys to remember where you’re at right now, and remember the feeling that you have..." April 08

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • It's official: Florida Panthers name Joel Quenneville as new coach

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Florida Panthers announced Joel Quenneville as their next coach on Monday morning, capping a wild 36 hours that included their season ending Saturday night and coach Bob Boughner being fired Sunday morning. Quenneville will be introduced at noon on Monday, when a news..." April 08

  • Panthers targeting Joel Quenneville as next coach, per report

    Second City Hockey "The Panthers are looking to hire former Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville after firing Bob Boughner as their head coach Sunday, reports George Richards of The Athletic. Richards says the Panthers have asked for the Blackhawks permission to speak with Quenneville, who is currently..." April 07

  • Florida Panthers Relieve Head Coach Bob Boughner of Duties "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Bob Boughner has been relieved of his duties as head coach, along with Assistant Coach Paul McFarland. "We made a tough decision today and have relieved Bob Boughner of his..." April 07

  • Panthers’ Barkov looks to overtake Bure in final game of the season

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Florida Panthers step on the ice tonight at BB&T Center, it will be the last time they do so until the fall. There won’t be a playoff series this season for the third year running but rather a quiet send off and a season that will all soon be forgotten. The..." April 06

  • Luongo undecided on future entering Panthers' season finale "Roberto Luongo acknowledged he could be playing in his final NHL game when the Florida Panthers play the New Jersey Devils at BB&T Center on Saturday. "Obviously I still love to play the game, but there's other factors involved," Luongo said Friday, one day after..." April 06

  • Luongo still pondering future as season comes to a close

    The Score "On the eve of his 40th birthday Thursday, Florida Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo is still undecided on whether he'll continue to man an NHL crease beyond the current campaign. "I don't really want to make any decisions over the course of a..." April 04

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with Goaltender Ryan Bednard "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallonannounced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Ryan Bednard on a two-year, entry-level contract beginning in the 2019-20 season. "Ryan is a big, athletic, young..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Byron's agent questions 'code' after Canadiens forward's injury in fight

    The Score "J.P. Barry is not happy about his client getting hurt in a seemingly unnecessary scuffle. The prominent agent, who represents Montreal Canadiens winger Paul Byron, is questioning the unwritten rules of hockey that encourage players to settle scores by fighting. Byron was..." March 27

  • Burke, Jovanovski comment on Luongo’s playing future with Panthers

    Sportsnet "Another rough season for Roberto Luongo and his underachieving Florida Panthers is nearly in the books. The team will miss the playoffs for the 16th time this century and the veteran goaltender earlier this week suggested he’s going to assess his playing future in the..." March 27

  • Weegar on Byron: 'I hate seeing what happened'

    TSN "Florida Panthers defenceman MacKenzie Weegar said in a text to TSN's Dan Robertson he hates seeing what happened to injured Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron and hopes he's back on the ice soon.  Here is the full text message from Weegar following Tuesday's..." March 27

  • Barkov says Panthers should have made Stanley Cup Playoffs "Aleksander Barkov said he and the Florida Panthers should have done better. For the fifth time in his six NHL seasons, the Panthers captain will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's an empty feeling for Barkov, who gladly would exchange his personal success for that of his..." March 27

  • Is there easy fix for Panthers’ continued woes?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Florida Panthers should be a lot better than this. After a nearly miraculous second half surge to close out the 2017-18 NHL season that brought them to within a single point of a playoff spot, the Panthers went out over the summer and added another top-line scorer in Mike..." March 27

  • Panthers GM: 'We're going to be aggressive this summer'

    The Score "Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon wasn't shy when discussing his team's offseason plans on Monday. "We’ve been very close to being a good team for a long time," the veteran executive told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. "It’s..." March 26

  • Roberto Luongo To Decide On Playing Future After The Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo has not yet made a decision on his plans beyond this season, notes George Richards of The Athletic (subscription required).  He plans to sit down with the team at the end of the year to discuss his future.  The veteran has battled through another..." March 23

  • Florida Panthers Sign Brady Keeper

    Litter Box Cats "The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman Brady Keeper on a two-year, entry-level contract. ”Brady is a promising puck-moving defenseman who possesses strong offensive instincts and plays a physical game,” said GM Dale Tallon. “He has been a leader..." March 18

  • Panthers, Islanders Expected To Be Active This Off-Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the New York Islanders sitting in second place in the Metropolitan Division and the Florida Panthers not yet out of postseason contention, eight points back of the final wild card slot with a game in hand, fans are not yet looking toward next season with plenty of meaningful games left..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Push for the Playoffs: Can the Florida Panthers pull off the impossible?

    Pro Hockey Talk "We can agree to file this one under ‘Long Shots,’ but the Florida Panthers have a spark at the moment. Yes, they are eight points back. Yes, that’s a pile of points to overcome in 11 remaining games. Yes, their odds resemble that of a snowball’s chance in hell..." March 17

  • Mike Hoffman just had to have banner mocking his ‘hours’ with Sharks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Every now and then, a player will “join” a team via a trade, only to never play a game with that team before being traded again. It’s part of the process during three-team trades, whether they’re official or unofficial, so that was the case with Mike Hoffman..." March 16

  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov sets Panthers record in win

    CBS Sports "Barkov notched five assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 6-2 win over the Wild. The 23-year-old also added two shots, a hit and a plus-5 rating to his ledger, and incredibly, Barkov had a sixth helper wiped off the board when Aaron Ekblad's first-period goal got..." March 09

  • Panthers Agree to Terms with Serron Noel on 3-Year, Entry-Level Contract "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Serron Noel on a three-year, entry-level contract. "Serron is a highly skilled, hard-working, young player who we believe has the..." March 08

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • Panthers were wise not to blow things up at trade deadline

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s face it. Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has earned the criticisms he’s absorbed over the years. The blunders surrounding moves like shedding both Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith are well-documented, and the critiques are very much justified. With..." March 02

  • Panthers recall goaltender Samuel Montembeault

    Litter Box Cats "The Florida Panthers have recalled goaltender Samuel Montembeault from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds on an emergency basis. Montembeault, 22, has appeared in 37 games for Springfield, owning a 13-14-8 record, a 3.16 goals..." March 01

  • Florida Panthers Tried To Acquire Mark Stone

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Florida Panthers have cleared a large amount of cap room this season by trading away players like Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann, and many have speculated that they’ll use it in free agency on targets like Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. While that..." February 26

  • Penguins acquire defenseman Chris Wideman from Panthers for Jean-Sebastien Dea

    PensBurgh "After news hit of the (questionable) trade for Erik Gudbranson, Jim Rutherford wasn’t finished, cutting a deal with the Florida Panthers to bring in another right-handed defenseman in Chris Wideman for Wilkes-Barre Scranton regular Jean-Sebastien Dea. " February 25

  • Avalanche acquire Derick Brassard from Panthers

    TSN "The Colorado Avalanche have acquired forward Derick Brassard from the Florida Panthers according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.  D. Brassard traded to Colorado — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger)..." February 25

  • Panthers acquire young forward Cliff Pu from Hurricanes in exchange for future considerations

    Fox Sports Florida "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced Monday that the club has acquired forward Cliff Pu from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for future considerations. Pu will report to Florida’s American Hockey League..." February 25

  • Islanders, Panthers, Sabres Sign Minor League Goaltenders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Several teams have fortified their depth in net before the NHL Trade Deadline, which also acts as a deadline for players to sign and be postseason-eligible. The New York Islanders have signed Jeremy Smith, the Florida Panthers have signed Chris Driedger, and the Buffalo..." February 24

  • Panthers Sign Vatrano to Extension

    The Hockey Writers "The Florida Panthers and Frank Vatrano have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension that carries an annual average value of $2.53 million, Renaud Lavoie is reporting. Vatrano was set to be a restricted free agent on July 1. An undrafted free agent from East Longmeadow,..." February 24

  • Luongo ties Belfour on all-time wins list "Roberto Luongo tied Ed Belfour for third place in NHL history with his 484th victory when the Florida Panthers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-1 at BB&T Center on Saturday. Luongo, starting for the first time in five games after spending time on the bereavement list, made 18..." February 24

  • Sharks trade forward Vincent Praplan to Panthers

    Fear The Fin "The San Jose Barracuda announced that they have traded forward Vincent Praplan to the Florida Panthers for future considerations. Praplan will report to the Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds. In 27 games with the Barracuda this season,..." February 22

  • Mike Hoffman Asked To Submit No-Trade List

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Florida Panthers have already traded away Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann in an attempt to clear some salary off their books moving forward, and are at least preparing to do it again if the need arises. Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic tweets that Mike Hoffman has been asked to submit his..." February 21

  • Report: Rangers and Islanders Among 4 Teams on Artemi Panarin's Wish List

    12 Up "The NHL trade deadline is right around the corner. With many contenders looking to make a move, there is no bigger name available right now than Artemi Panarin.  You may think the Blue Jackets should keep the talented winger but all signs point to him moving on. He will..." February 21

  • San Jose Sharks claim enforcer off waiver wire

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks have claimed forward Micheal Haley off of waivers. Haley, who played in the Sharks organization 2014-2017, from was placed on waivers Tuesday by the Florida Panthers. This season, Haley has three goals and 30 penalty minutes in 24 games. Haley, 32, was a favorite..." February 20

  • Duchene, Panarin among players to watch before Trade Deadline "Here are a few players to watch before the deadline comes, listed in alphabetical order:   Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus Blue Jackets: The two-time Vezina Trophy winner can be an unrestricted free agent July 1 and has refused to discuss a new contract. Despite..." February 18

  • The NHL trade deadline could use a little drama

    New York Post "Every time someone wants to talk about the NBA, I have the same response. “I don’t really watch the games until about the conference finals, but I closely follow the league. I love the drama.” Conversely, when discussing the NHL, it’s the exact..." February 15