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Dale Tallon Has No Excuse

Dale Tallon Has No Excuse

November 17th, 2017 Dale Tallon, general manager of the Florida Panthers, has been in the news, yet again. No, it’s not another demotion by promotion. And no, ownership didn’t dump him at the side of the road to wait for a cab. This time, his newsworthiness is all his own doing.Like most of the hockey world, I...
Florida Panthers Purrview: Week Six in Review

Florida Panthers Purrview: Week Six in Review

November 14th, 2017 Yes, the Florida Panthers went 1-2 this past week. And yes, they’re still the second-worst team in the National Hockey League. And yes, the eight points they sit away from the playoffs looks more and more insurmountable every day.But hey, we’re only through 16 games – about one-fifth of...

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October 25th, 2017
Hockey History

This article was originally published in April, 2012.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 magical run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. Yet, for the younger generation, a brief history lesson may be in order about the story behind the flying vermin.The Origins of the Florida Panthers Rats The story of the rats goes back to October 8th, 1995. Prior to a game against the Calgary Flames, a rat appeared in the Florida Panthers' locker room in the old Miami Arena. Former Panthers' captain Scott Mellanby jumped up, grabbed a stick, and smacked the pesky rodent against a wall. Later that night, Mellanby scored two goals, leading then Panthers' goalie John Vanbiesbrouck to quip, "He scored a rat trick".As the legend...
October 24th, 2017
Long Read

The law of averages states that things eventually even out; the Florida Panthers better hope that happens soon. Despite playing relatively well, the team still came out of the third week of the 2017-18 National Hockey League campaign with a 1-2-0 record, putting them 3-4-0 on the season, good for sixth in the uber-competitive Atlantic. Add to that the loss of Roberto Luongo, and the Cats really must be wondering when they’ll catch a break. Florida Panthers’ Week That Was Panthers Bullied on Broad Street Florida took the game to the Flyers in the early going, at one point holding an 11-1 shot advantage to start the game – a stretch which included a Philadelphia power play. Michal Neuvirth was absolutely outstanding in the Philly net, as was Roberto Luongo for the Panthers, who soon faced a barrage of Flyer shots that evened the totals after the first period.The wheels came off in the second, though, as the Cats ceded four goals to the relentless Flyers. I say...
October 22nd, 2017
Florida Panthers

When you see eight-year contracts handed out in the National Hockey League, names like McDavid, Eichel and Price come to mind. If we’re talking Florida Panthers, look no further than Aaron Ekblad, the supremely gifted – and devastatingly handsome – two-way defenseman. In other words, recipients of eight-year deals are franchise players.So, it’s no wonder we nearly fell off our chairs last week when the Panthers signed defenseman Mike Matheson to an eight-year, $39 million contract ($4.875 million per season). Background on the Mike Matheson Contract Matheson was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall by the Panthers back in 2012. He then went on to three fine seasons at Boston College, including a Hockey East First Team All-Star selection in 2013-14 and an appearance in the 2014 Frozen Four, before joining the Panthers’ American Hockey League affiliate San Antonio Rampage towards the end of the 2014-15 season.Matheson made his NHL debut late the following...
October 17th, 2017
Florida Panthers

The second week of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season is in the books, and the Florida Panthers, just like in week one, played seven days worth of .500 hockey. Well, when I say seven days, I mean two games worth, for the Panthers, once again, only played twice. Only the Carolina Hurricanes (three) have played fewer games than the Panthers’ four. Florida Panthers’ Week That Was Caterwauling Defeats the Blues The Cats took advantage of a sloppy St. Louis Blues team, defeating them 5-2 last Thursday night. The Blues actually outshot the Panthers 39-38, but many of these shots came on St. Louis power plays against a very porous Panthers penalty kill.Thankfully for the Cats, goaltender Roberto Luongo had a spectacular outing, holding the Blues at bay until the Panthers returned to even strength, where they utterly dominated. And the penalty kill did provide them with a goal, as Colton Sceviour’s aggression turned the puck over, enabling Vincent Trocheck to swoop in and...

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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 45 in February.Counting the two seasons he spent with HC Kladno in Czechoslovakia... November 10th, 2017

Florida Panthers and the History of the Rats

This article was originally published in April, 2012.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... October 25th, 2017