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Nick Bjugstad: The Good, the Bad & More

Nick Bjugstad: The Good, the Bad & More

August 11th, 2018 Nick Bjugstad has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Blaine, Minnesota. He excelled at the University of Minnesota before the Florida Panthers drafted him 19th overall in 2010. He had high expectations, and he's now entering his sixth full season as an NHL regular. Last year, he...
Florida Panthers' Prospect Pyramid

Florida Panthers' Prospect Pyramid

August 10th, 2018 The Florida Panthers have been more like kittens in recent seasons, developing one of the youngest rosters in the NHL. But don't be fooled by their age, these youngsters have combined to become a skilled club whose speedy play brought them to within one point of the playoffs last season. I took a...

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July 13th, 2018
Panthers Goaltending

The Florida Panthers did much of their offseason heavy lifting prior to the start of National Hockey League free agency Jul. 1, boosting their offense by trading for Mike Hoffman and signing Kontinental Hockey League standout Bogdan Kiselevich to stabilise their blue line. They’ve proceeded to also re-sign many of their own restricted free agents, thereby minimising the need to look elsewhere for help. However, they did dip their toe into the free agent water by signing goaltender Michael Hutchinson, formerly of the Winnipeg Jets, to a one-year, $1.3 million one-way contract. With Roberto Luongo (four more years at $4.533 million against the salary cap) and James Reimer (three more years at $3.4 million) locked up for the foreseeable future, what does Hutchinson mean for the Panthers? Panthers’ Rationale for Signing Hutchinson When Panthers’ general manager Dale Tallon was asked about the signing, he commented, “As we saw last year, it takes an army – it...
July 10th, 2018
Ottawa Senators

The conclusion of the 2017-18 National Hockey League campaign brought about one of the most hotly anticipated offseasons in recent memory. And yet, outside of John Tavares signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s really just been a whole lot of “meh.” Tavares aside, none of the decisions of any unrestricted free agent has really shifted the league’s balance of power. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Drew Doughty, two of the NHL’s top defensemen, both re-signed with their respective squads, despite having the chance to test the waters of unrestricted free agency next summer. And the Ottawa Senators’ Erik Karlsson, the market’s prized piece of trade bait, still hasn’t been dealt. So, given that we’re all thoroughly bored, here’s one for you: assuming he signs an extension with them, how about Karlsson to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Aaron Ekblad? Hear me out. Disclaimer on Karlsson-Ekblad Theory First off, I should note that there’s nothing I’ve...
July 9th, 2018
Long Read

With the acquisition of Mike Hoffman earlier this offseason, the Florida Panthers may have finally assembled the complete, high-end top-six that has eluded the franchise for at least a decade. It has been a pronounced issue recently, as they have had talented pieces in their top-six but also had holes that prevented the team from achieving greater success. Because of these voids, the Panthers have not reached their expected success level, as they were forced to over-rely on a few offensive pieces to carry the load. Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Vincent Trocheck have been the main trio of top-six forwards for the Cats over the past several years. They have accomplished much in their short time and continue to prove their top-six distinction. While other “pseudo top-six” players have come and gone, these three have maintained that status. After the big three, you are left with a laundry list of players who were either forced into a top-six role undeservingly,...
July 3rd, 2018
Panthers Prospects

The Florida Panthers made six picks in the 2018 Draft, highlighted by Grigori Denisenko 15th overall. He has the potential to be a future star and could have a more productive career than those taken in the top-10. While he is the Panthers' flashy pick from the Draft, their other five picks will be the ones that add depth to their farm system and could develop into surprising NHL players. Related: 2018 NHL Draft Results Round 2, Pick 34 - RW Serron Noel Power forward Serron Noel was projected by many to be taken in the first round but slid to the early second round. Craig Button ranked Noel 16th and Bob McKenzie had him 22nd, as did Sportsnet. At 6-foot-5 and 209 pounds, Noel already has NHL size and has improved his skating dramatically over the past year, an area of criticism for him as is the case for many players of his stature. He still has areas that need improvement, most notably to be more consistent and needs to work on his defense. But, he doesn't turn 18 until...

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Jaromir Jagr - A Retrospective in Quotations

This post was crafted by hockey journalist and author Ross Bonander. Jaromir Jagr is as timeless as they come. We had Gordie Howe and Chris Chelios but Jagr may be best 'Old' hockey player ever. He turned 46 a few days ago. Counting the two seasons he spent with HC Kladno in Czechoslovakia... February 19th, 2018

Florida Panthers and the History of the Rats

With the Florida Panthers finally back in the NHL playoffs, a new generation of fans is finally getting to experience one of the best traditions in hockey. For older Panthers fans, the return of the rats to South Florida is a sight for sore eyes and leads them to fondly remember the Panthers... October 25th, 2017