NHL Rumors: Oilers, Panthers, Maple Leafs, Jets, More

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Panthers, Maple Leafs, Jets, More

January 16th, 2021 In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Edmonton Oilers may have temporarily solved their goaltending issues but there's certainly a question mark surrounding the direction they're being forced to go. The Florida Panthers have told star center Aleksander Barkov trade rumors aren't true. The Winnipeg...
Panthers Sending Signals That Yandle's Time in Florida Is Over

Panthers Sending Signals That Yandle's Time in Florida Is Over

January 15th, 2021 On Jun. 26, 2016, the New York Rangers traded defenseman Keith Yandle to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a sixth-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick. Afterwards, Yandle signed a seven-year contract worth $44.45 million with an annual average of $6.35 million per year. This contract...
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January 8th, 2021
Panthers Prospects

The Florida Panthers' prospect pool provided talent for Teams Finland, the United States, Sweden and Canada players at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship this winter. Representing Finland was forward Anton Lundell and defenseman Kasper Puutio. Team USA selected goaltender Spencer Knight. The Swedes grabbed forward Emil Heineman while Team Canada claimed goaltender Devon Levi. All of the Panthers' prospects had successful tournaments and gained valuable experience as each one made it out of the group round. They now know what to expect in the future and which other players they might meet in the NHL in the near future. Here is how they performed. Emil Heineman The Swedish native was selected by the Panthers in the second round, 43rd overall, in the 2020 NHL Draft. He made his SHL debut in the 2019-20 season, playing 11 games. Now 19 years old, he's played in 29 SHL games, notching 41 points with Leksands IF (26 goals, 15 assists). Heineman and his countrymen made it...
January 7th, 2021
Panthers History

Over their 28 years in the NHL, the Florida Panthers have had plenty of talent come through the pipeline. Pavel Bure, Jonathan Huberdeau, Roberto Luongo, Aleksander Barkov and the list goes on. However, there are some very good players who have since been shadowed from the limelight that many of us have probably forgotten. Here's who they are. Jussi Jokinen During his three-season stint with the Panthers, Jussi Jokinen was relied on for his offensive prowess. He had nifty hands, and was a very good playmaking winger. The Kalajoki native helped the team find the back of the net 44 times in his first season in Florida in 2014-15, with eight goals and 36 assists and a 4.7 xGAR. He was slightly above average offensively at five-vs-five, and provided a good defensive presence at even-strength and on the penalty kill. Jussi Jokinen (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The 2015-16 season is when Jokinen truly excelled everywhere on the ice, with a total xGAR of 15.4, a xEVO_GAR of...
January 7th, 2021
Panthers Prospects

On Jan. 4, the Florida Panthers’ AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, announced that they are opting out of the 2020-21 season. The Checkers, in coordination with the Panthers, made the decision due to concerns with safety and logistics they would have to navigate because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In September 2020, the 2018-19 Calder Cup champion Checkers ended their 10-season affiliation with the Carolina Hurricanes. Shortly after, the Checkers announced a multi-year agreement to be the Panthers’ AHL affiliate. Unfortunately, the new partnership will be put on hold until the 2021-22 season. (from 'Charlotte Checkers opt out of 2020-21 American Hockey League season, Charlotte News & Observer, 01/04/2021) When asked about the decision, Panthers’ general manager Bill Zito said, “Working closely with the Charlotte Checkers organization, we have come to the decision together to opt-out of...
January 6th, 2021
Panthers Prospects

The 2021 World Junior Championship is in the books and the tournament will be remembered for many different reasons. Hopefully, this is the one and only WJC played inside a bubble with empty seats, but fans will recall this tournament because of Team Canada’s dominance until they ran into the United States for the gold medal. Today, we look at the bright future that was on display for a pair of Pacific Division rivals and the Florida Panthers. Ducks, Kings Rivalry About to Pick Up Tuesday night’s gold medal game between the United States and Canada was another great chapter in the rivalry between the bordering nations. It also served as a sneak peek of just how good a rivalry in the NHL might be in the next couple of years. The Pacific Division’s Freeway Face-Off, the rivalry between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, is about to have the heat turned up. Last night’s game featured a total of nine players drafted by the two Southern California teams. The Ducks...