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  • 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

  • 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