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  • NHL suspends Canadiens' Paul Byron for three games

    Montreal Gazette "The Canadiens won’t have Paul Byron in the lineup when they play the Blue Jackets Friday night in Columbus (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). Byron also won’t be able to play Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre or next Wednesday night when..." January 16

  • Florida Panthers Make Bogdan Kiselevich Available For Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It looked like the Florida Panthers were getting an inexpensive depth addition for a potential playoff run when they convinced KHL veteran Bogdan Kiselevich to come to North America last summer. The 28-year old defenseman had been an excellent player for years, suiting up at the World..." January 16

  • Paul Byron to have hearing for hit on Mackenzie Weegar

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron will have a hearing Wednesday with the league's Department of Player Safety for charging Florida Panthers defenceman Mackenzie Weegar on Tuesday night. Byron picked up a two-minute minor penalty for charging in the second period..." January 16

  • Schedule For Upcoming NHL “Bye Weeks”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For the third year in a row, the NHL has scheduled a mandated multi-day break for each team in the middle part of the season. Meant to give each team a rest, much like the bye week in the National Football League, this break also includes limits on practice, including several days in..." January 15

  • Will the Blue Jackets trade Sergei Bobrovsky? Here are six potential landing spots for the veteran goalie

    CBS Sports "Some surprising news came out Columbus on Thursday afternoon when the Blue Jackets announced that goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky would be absent from the team during their game against the Nashville Predators. There wasn't a lot of information given with that announcement, but the language of..." January 10

  • Panthers' Chris Wideman: Hits waivers after Panthers debut

    CBS Sports "The Panthers waived Wideman on Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Wideman made his Panthers debut Saturday after being traded from the Oilers along with a third-round pick in exchange for Alex Petrovic. " January 06

  • Who needs a fresh start in 2019?

    Pro Hockey Talk "New Year’s Day is right around the corner, so naturally many of us have already started thinking about our resolutions. Maybe you want to get into better shape, eat better, expand your knowledge on a certain topic, spend less time on your phone, or something totally..." December 31

  • Oilers acquire Petrovic from Panthers for Wideman

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Alex Petrovic from the Florida Panthers for defenceman Chris Wideman and a 2019 conditional third-round draft pick, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. Petrovic, 26, has one assist over 26 games this season with the Panthers, his..." December 30

  • Panthers trade G Michael Hutchinson to Maple Leafs

    Litter Box Cats "In a bit of a surprising move the Florida Panthers announced today that the club has acquired a 2020 fifth-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson. Hutchinson, 28, appeared in four games with Florida owning a 1-1-2 record, 4.18 goals..." December 29

  • Will Domi have to answer for preseason sucker punch on Ekblad?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The preseason feels like it was ages ago, but don’t be surprised if the Florida Panthers haven’t completely forgotten about it. On Friday night, the Panthers and Montreal Canadiens will go head-to-head for the first time since Max Domi split Aaron Ekblad open with a sucker punch in..." December 28

  • Stop asking if Barkov is underrated and start wondering where he ranks among league’s best

    The Hockey News "Hey everybody, 2016 called and it wants you to stop asking whether Aleksander Barkov is underrated. As Mike Babcock pointed out, Barkov does not ply his trade in the Center of the Hockey Universe™, so the fan identification and appreciation might be lacking. But the question is no longer..." December 21

  • Florida Panthers' MacKenzie Weegar gets big penalty for clipping linesman with stick

    USA Today "Taking a double-minor penalty in hockey is always bad, but Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar made things a whole lot worse for himself during Saturday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  In the second period with the Panthers leading 2-0, Weegar was..." December 16

  • Which teams are likely to make moves before Holiday Freeze?

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’re exactly one week away from the NHL’s holiday roster freeze. Teams won’t be able to make a move between Dec. 19 at 11:59 pm ET and Dec. 28 at 12:01 am ET, which means there could be some fireworks between now and the 19th. So, which teams are most likely to make a move..." December 13

  • Ouch! Hockey puck bounces off ref's crotch and into Florida Panthers' goal.

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The last-place Florida Panthers have given up goals in a lot of ways this season, but this is a new one: In a 4-3 loss at St. Louis on Tuesday night, a puck rolled into the Panthers’ net after bouncing off a referee’s, err, man region. The goal was disallowed..." December 12

  • Bjugstad day to day for Panthers

    TSN "Nick Bjugstad is day to day dealing with an upper body injury, which is apparently unrelated to Tuesday's hit from Boston's Connor Clifton. The 26-year-old took part in Wednesday's skate, and played on Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche. The winger has four goals and six..." December 08

  • Florida Panthers Seeking Upgrade In Goal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Entering the season, the Florida Panthers’ goaltender trio of Roberto Luongo, James Reimer, and Michael Hutchinson seemed like one of the deepest in the league. As the second month of the season wraps up, the Panthers currently hold the second-worst goals against..." November 29

  • Panthers must resist making same old mistakes

    Pro Hockey Talk "If we’ve learned anything from the last decade-plus of hockey in the salary cap era, it’s that even the most well-run NHL teams sometimes need to make the not-quite-ideal to fire a coach during the season. Such gambles can pay off, whether we’re talking about..." November 27

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • Luongo day-to-day with latest knee injury

    CBS Sports "Luongo is dealing with a knee injury -- apparently, it's the same knee that caused him to miss nine games earlier in the season -- but there's hope that it's not as significant of an issue this time around, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. The Panthers will presumably..." November 25

  • Hoffman's point streak snapped in loss to Hurricanes

    The Score "All good things must come to an end. On Friday, for the first time in 18 games, Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman failed to pick up a point. Over that stretch, dating back to Oct. 13, Hoffman collected 10 goals and 10 assists. The 28-year-old wasn't without his..." November 24

  • Luongo reportedly day to day after suffering injury vs. Hurricanes

    Sporting News "The Florida Panthers may be without Roberto Luongo, again.  Luongo left Florida's game against the Carolina Hurricanes after he allowed a goal at the end of the first period on Friday night. After he saved two shots from Lucas Wallmark, Luongo laid on his back..." November 24

  • Panthers’ Vincent Trocheck out indefinitely after ankle surgery

    Sportsnet "The Florida Panthers will be without centre Vincent Trocheck for an indefinite amount of time after he underwent surgery to repair an ankle fracture. The injury occurred late in the first period of Monday’s 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. As Trocheck..." November 21

  • 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