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The Florida Panthers were founded by then-Blockbuster owner Wayne Huizenga. They began playing in the 1993–94 NHL season, where they set the then-record for the most successful expansion team until the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017–18. Their first game was played on Oct. 6, 1993, against the Chicago Blackhawks, which resulted in a 4-4 tie. They have made the playoffs on eight occasions, including one trip to the Stanley Cup Final, in 1996, which they lost to the Colorado Avalanche.

Oilers & Panthers Linked as Potential Trading Partners

With the 2022-23 season now past the midway point, we are beginning to get a clearer picture as to who will be buyers, and who will be sellers come the trade deadline. For the Edmonton Oilers and Ken Holland, their stance as a buyer has been known since the beginning of the season, as they were considered a Stanley Cup contender over the summer. There have been some rocky times since, but they seem to have straightened those out as of late, and will certainly be looking to make some moves in the coming weeks. Related: Oilers Expressing Interest in…

History of Florida Panthers All-Stars

The Florida Panthers will host this year’s NHL All-Star weekend for the second time in franchise history with their first time being exactly 20 years ago in 2003. Even though their history is short, they have some notable faces that represented them as All-Star selections. In total, they’ve had 24 Panthers sent to play in the game. Bob Kudelski (1994) One of the first two selections in franchise history, Kudelski was selected in the team’s inaugural 1993-94 season. He was acquired through a trade midway through the season with the Ottawa Senators. That season, he played a record 86 NHL…

History of the Florida Panthers Captains

If you find yourself wearing a big “C” on your sweater, you can assume that you have reached the pinnacle of individual hockey success. Being named team captain is an ode to an individual’s character as well as his playing ability by his team and teammates. Throughout the Florida Panthers‘ relatively young existence, there have been nine captains or co-captains. I’ve done a deep dive into what makes these players important to the Panthers community, how their careers developed, and what they’ve done post-playing career. Brian Skrudland (1993-97) Prior to joining the Panthers in 1993-94, their inaugural season, center Brian…

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