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Sharks Trade Hoffman to Panthers

Sharks Trade Hoffman to Panthers

June 19th, 2018 The San Jose Sharks have traded forward Mike Hoffman to the Florida Panthers just hours after acquiring him in exchange for a second-round pick in 2019 as well as a fourth- and a fifth-round pick in 2018, Pierre Lebrun has reported. The Sharks are also sending a 2018 seventh-round pick to the...
Barkov as Panthers' Next Captain?

Barkov as Panthers' Next Captain?

June 14th, 2018 Two years ago, prior to the Florida Panthers ultimately deciding to appoint Derek MacKenzie captain, there was much debate on who would take over the role. Former captain Willie Mitchell had just moved on and the Panthers had two options: to pick a rising star or to pick a veteran. Most of us...

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May 8th, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

As Atlantic Division counterparts, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Florid Panthers meet a few times every season. Still, it’s a long shot to call these two teams rivals at this point. So it’s not unusual that they meet at the trade table from time to time. However, in recent memory the Maple Leafs and Panthers haven’t engaged in too many player swaps. In fact, the last time the two teams did make a move was back in 2015. Before that you have to look all the way back to 2008. With that in mind, here’s a look at the five most recent deals these two clubs have made. Acquiring the Zach Attack The last time the Maple Leafs and Panthers agreed on a trade was back on June 19, 2015. The Leafs shipped out long-time AHLer Greg McKegg and in return received Zach Hyman and a 2017 conditional seventh-round pick. While the Panthers didn’t need to hand over the pick, the Maple Leafs did land an eventual roster player in Hyman. Originally a fifth-round pick, 123rd overall, by the...
May 3rd, 2018
Florida Panthers

  When the Florida Panthers took the ice for the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, it was immediately evident something was considerably different. The once-tentative Panthers played a much different – and much more effective – style under first-year head coach Bob Boughner, putting opposing teams on their heels with an emphasis on speed and offensive aggression. At the end of the regular season, Florida was the number-one team in the NHL in shots per game, averaging 34.4 per contest. Naturally, a team taking more shots should be expected to score more goals. It’s no surprise, then, that the Panthers’ strategy overhaul produced career seasons for many of their top players. Panthers Taking More Shots Of the 13 Panthers skaters that qualified for this analysis (see the end of this article for an explanation), nine saw their average number of shots per game increase this season, in comparison to their previous career numbers. The average difference across...
April 29th, 2018
Florida Panthers

Playoff hockey is the best time of year. For Florida Panther fans, though, watching the Vegas Golden Knights dominate the NHL has to be difficult. It is no secret the Panthers may have botched the expansion draft, but leaving former head coach Gerard Gallant on the side of the road following a loss in 2016 may have been their biggest mistake yet. What’s done is done and no one can change the past, but as we watch Gallant’s Golden Knights continue to crucify teams, one can’t help but wonder what could have been. Gallant, a “Players Coach” Gallant, a finalist for this year’s Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s best coach, has been nothing short of a revelation for the Golden Knights, and frankly, the NHL. There is no way of knowing whether the Knights would have had the same success without Gallant, but known as a “players coach,” his style vaulted Vegas to the top of the Western Conference. It's a standing the team is now proving was no fluke as they tear through the...
April 22nd, 2018
Panthers Management

  Despite a valiant run in the second half of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season, the Florida Panthers, once again, find themselves outside the postseason, looking longingly at the teams with a chance to take home the Stanley Cup. The reasons for their playoff miss are manyfold, from learning a new system under first-year head coach Bob Boughner, to an injury to starting goaltender Roberto Luongo, to a catastrophic lack of depth throughout the lineup. Despite going 25-8-2 down the stretch, a playoff miss is a playoff miss. Plus, there are reasons to question the sustainability of the late-season run, meaning Florida should think twice before considering the last 35 games to be the Panthers’ new normal. Thus, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon enters a critical offseason for the franchise. Given his checkered history in South Florida, it may well be a make-or-break offseason for him, too. Panthers’ Tallon Jekyll and Hyde GM It would be erroneous to...

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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