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  • Florida Panthers Centre Vincent Trocheck Suffered Significant Leg Injury

    Last Word On Hockey "Last night, Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck was taken off the ice late in the first period with an apparent leg injury. It has now been determined that this injury was quite significant and Trocheck will be out of action for quite some time. Trocheck fell..." November 20

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • Panthers' Hoffman denies being problem in Sens' locker room prior to trade

    The Score "Monday night will mark Mike Hoffman's first game in Ottawa since being traded from the Senators. Hoffman was flipped to the Florida Panthers after originally being dealt to the San Jose Sharks back in June. At the time, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion suggested that the..." November 19

  • Florida Panthers Loan Maxim Mamin To KHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though their news release earlier today stated that Maxim Mamin was on his way to the Sprinfield Thunderbirds, Darren Dreger of TSN reports the Florida Panthers are doing something different with their young forward. Mamin will instead be loaned back to the KHL and join CSKA Moscow for the..." November 19

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • MacKenzie out indefinitely for Panthers after shoulder surgery "Derek MacKenzie is out indefinitely for the Florida Panthers after having shoulder surgery. The 37-year-old forward hasn't played since he was injured in the first period of Florida's season-opening 2-1 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 6. He signed a two-year,..." November 06

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Like father, like son? Lemieux ejected for hit on Trocheck

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers wrapped up their two games in Finland (aka The Global Series) with tensions really starting to flare. After the Jets won on the strength of Patrik Laine‘s hat trick on Thursday, the Panthers rallied for a 4-2 win on Friday, with a violent..." November 02

  • Roberto Luongo activated off IR, not expected to return until after Finland games

    The Score "Roberto Luongo is back on the Florida Panthers' active roster, but he's still unlikely to suit up until the team returns from Europe. The Panthers activated Luongo off injured reserve Thursday. Head coach Bob Boughner reiterated his sentiments from..." November 01

  • Panthers eyeing Luongo return next week

    The Score "Roberto Luongo isn't quite ready to play just yet, but he doesn't appear to be far off. Florida Panthers head coach Bob Boughner provided an update on the veteran goaltender's timetable from Helsinki on Wednesday. "I think the plan is for him to …..." October 31

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • MacKenzie's injury means he won't be able to go out on his own terms

    Yardbarker "The Florida Panthers moved to a different leadership group this season when they named Aleksander Barkov captain and pulled the “C” off the sweater of Derek MacKenzie. That didn’t mean the former captain had any less importance to the roster though, and he was set to remain a..." October 26

  • For NHL goalies, league’s new pad restrictions are a real pain

    Washington Post "Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby’s Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he’s started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn’t..." October 24

  • Healy: If backed by science, NHL alumni association 'all-in' on cannabis

    The Score "The group representing ex-NHL players is "all-in" on endorsing cannabis as a pain relief option for its members. That is, if future research can prove the drug’s supposed healing capabilities. "I think science has to prove it first. If science proves it,..." October 23

  • Panthers trying to stay confident during slow start "Six games into the season, the Florida Panthers find themselves in a familiar position but facing a different challenge. A year ago, their 2-4-0 start was typical of a team in transition trying to establish an identity under new coach Bob Boughner. Expectations were much..." October 21

  • Boughner not happy with Ovechkin's hit on Pysyk: 'It's a head shot'

    The Score "Florida Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk left Friday's game against the Washington Capitals and didn't return after taking a hit from Alex Ovechkin. Panthers bench boss Bob Boughner expressed his displeasure with the collision following his club's shootout win. " October 20

  • Panthers’ Matheson had death threats after hit on Canucks’ Pettersson

    Sportsnet "Florida Panthers defenceman Michael Matheson says he received death threats and other vile messages on his social media channels in the days following his hit on Vancouver Canucks star rookie Elias Pettersson. Matheson was suspended two games for driving Pettersson into the ice after..." October 18

  • Marijuana use in the NHL: The times they are a changin'

    Sportsnet "Fairly or not, we have an image of the GMs who sit in the executive boxes at NHL games. They’re Old School, as their average age (53.9 years) would suggest. At the high end, there’s the Islanders’ 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello. Almost to a one, they’re defined by their..." October 17

  • Matheson says he had no intentions of hurting Pettersson

    The Score "Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson has offered his point of view on the hit he delivered to Vancouver Canucks super rookie Elias Pettersson that resulted in a concussion for the 19-year-old and a two-game suspension for himself. "I've watched the clip numerous times..." October 17

  • Panthers’ Matheson suspended 2 games for hit on Elias Pettersson

    Sportsnet "Florida Panthers defenceman Michael Matheson has been suspended two games for a hit on Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Elias Pettersson Saturday. The play occurred early in the third period of the Canucks’ 3-2 win over the Panthers. Following a skillful showing from Pettersson..." October 15

  • Canucks’ Green won’t talk retribution after ‘dirty play’ on Pettersson

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks improved to 3-2-0 on the season with a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday but a pressing concern for the team is the health status of Elias Pettersson. The star rookie was driven into the ice early in the third period after being taken into the boards by..." October 14

  • Canucks rip 'dirty' hit on rookie Elias Pettersson: 'Looked like WWE to me'

    USA Today "Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson has emerged as one of the NHL’s most electrifying players — and his career has spanned only five games. But the 19-year-old's dazzling abilities with the puck might be put on hold after a controversial body slam-like hit left him wobbly..." October 14

  • Phone hearing set for Panthers' Matheson after hit on Canucks' Pettersson

    CBC Sports "Florida Panthers defenceman Michael Matheson can expect a phone call from the NHL's Department of Player Safety, according to a report from Hockey Night In Canada's Nick Kypreos. The discussion may result in supplemental discipline for Matheson after his..." October 14

  • Green calls Matheson's hit, throw down of Pettersson 'dirty play'

    The Score "Travis Green wasn't pleased with what Mike Matheson did to Elias Pettersson on Saturday night. "It's a dirty play," the Vancouver Canucks head coach told reporters postgame. "The league's trying to protect the good, young players, and that's just a dirty..." October 14

  • How rocky ending with Canucks made Luongo ‘a better person’

    Sportsnet "His worst times in professional hockey helped extend one of the greatest careers in goaltending history because Roberto Luongo’s ordeal with the Vancouver Canucks made him a better person. As the Florida Panthers celebrate Luongo’s 1,000th National Hockey League game..." October 13

  • Luongo not close to Panthers return "Roberto Luongo said Saturday his return to action from a knee injury likely will be closer to the longer end of the original 2-4-week timetable, and he could remain out until the end of October. The 39-year-old goalie was injured in the second period of the Panthers' season..." October 13

  • Haley leaving Panthers to enter NHL/NHLPA player assistance program "The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that forward Micheal Haley of the Florida Panthers will be away from the team while taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. " October 12

  • Luongo out 2-4 weeks with MCL injury

    The Score "Florida Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo will be out longer than initially thought, as he's scheduled to miss two-to-four weeks with a Grade 1 MCL injury, head coach Bob Boughner said Monday. On Sunday, it was reported that Luongo would miss at least a week after teammate Frank..." October 08

  • Luongo to miss at least a week with knee injury

    The Score "Roberto Luongo won't be available for seven days or more. The Florida Panthers placed Luongo on injured reserve Sunday, reports The Athletic's George Richards. The veteran netminder was hurt Saturday night when teammate Frank Vatrano fell on his right leg. Luongo..." October 07

  • Luongo leaves game with apparent leg injury

    The Score "Florida Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo left Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning due to a lower-body injury. Luongo suffered the injury midway through the second period after teammate Frank Vatrano fell onto his leg. Backup netminder James Reimer stepped..." October 07

  • Panthers' MacKenzie will retire after this season

    The Score "Derek MacKenzie will play one final NHL campaign. The Florida Panthers forward and former captain told The Athletic's George Richards on Thursday that the 2018-19 season will be his last as a player. " October 05

  • In his 19th NHL season, Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo still hungry for a Stanley Cup

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "When the Florida Panthers drop the puck on the team’s 25th anniversary season on Saturday night, goalie Roberto Luongo will officially begin his 19th season in the NHL. But before he can reflect on his remarkable career, there’s one goal still..." October 04

  • Radim Vrbata Announces Retirement After 16 NHL Seasons

    TSN "Radim Vrbata is hanging them up. The 37-year-old Czech Republic native announced his retirement on Monday after 16 NHL seasons through his agent, Rich Evans. Vrbata finishes his career with 284 goals and 339 assists in 1,057 games. He appeared in 42 games for the..." October 01

  • 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 "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