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Panthers May Want Expansion Redraft

Panthers May Want Expansion Redraft

February 22nd, 2018 One of the biggest hockey questions in South Florida last year was who the Florida Panthers were going to protect from Vegas in the expansion draft. Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck and James Reimer were all obvious and, aside from Reimer, those are the guys of...
3 Daring Deadline Deals for the Panthers

3 Daring Deadline Deals for the Panthers

February 21st, 2018 The 2018 National Hockey League Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and speculation is rampant regarding who the buyers are – and what they want – and who will be selling – and what they have on offer. The Florida Panthers are approaching the deadline without much they can really offer...

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December 29th, 2017
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  It’s been a tough year for the Florida Panthers. 37 games into the 2017-18 National Hockey League season and the team has exactly 37 points, not nearly a good enough pace to hit the mid-90s, the general threshold for making the playoffs in the wild card era. That said, the team has won four in a row, and is 6-3-1 in their last 10. Challenge accepted? Early-Season Panthers Entertaining but Ineffective First-year head coach Bob Boughner brought his crowd-pleasing style, honed in the Ontario Hockey League, with him to South Florida. The opening home-and-home against the Tampa Bay Lightning debuted this system at the NHL level to rave reviews – even from me. The Cats were playing a highly aggressive game which stressed speed and shot attempts on offense, and tight-checking, man-to-man defense. Though it certainly made for an impressive spectacle in that opening set against their cross-state rivals, the novelty and appeal of the team’s new playing style quickly...
December 19th, 2017
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How bad are Florida Panthers management and ownership feeling right about now? The Cats lost 5-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena Sunday night, a game in which they led 2-0 after just five minutes, and then proceeded to muster only 14 shots the rest of the way. Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant, fired by Florida in spectacular fashion last November, was able to rally his troops to overcome the early deficit, outshooting the Panthers 36-14 and outscoring them 5-0 (two were empty-netters) after Florida’s 2-0 goal. And who led the charge? Former Panthers Jonathan Marchessault (exposed in last summer’s expansion draft) and Reilly Smith (traded for a fourth-round pick), who registered three and two points, respectively. Maybe revenge really is best served cold. On ice, to be specific. Gallant Vindicated After Florida Fiasco After Gallant was – quite literally – dumped at the side of the road in Raleigh last season, speculation was rampant regarding the...
November 30th, 2017
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Much to the chagrin of Florida Panther fans, another franchise’s recent success is a constant reminder of what could’ve been if some decisions were made differently in the past 12 months. The first-year Vegas Golden Knights sit atop the Pacific Division and are in the midst of a five-game win streak, largely thanks to some pieces that were in Sunrise not too long ago. Men Lie, Women Lie, Records Don't One year to the date of the infamous Gerard Gallant firing that reportedly forced him to catch his own cab back to the airport, the two parties have very different records that show Gallant’s success in Florida was no fluke. Since Nov. 28, 2016, the Panthers have struggled to a 34-38-12 record and bear almost no resemblance to the 2015-16 Atlantic Division Champions that had Gallant behind the bench. Gallant, however, has enjoyed a surprising amount of success with his new club that looked like the worst team on paper coming into this season but has overachieved and currently...
November 28th, 2017
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Twenty-two games into the season, Florida Panthers head coach Bob Boughner has done everything but go on the record and announce what six defensemen he plans on having in the lineup every night moving forward. Unfortunately, Alexander Petrovic has found himself as the odd-man out and a healthy scratch for the past eight games. For a team that currently finds itself second-to-last in the league in goals against - allowing 3.45 goals per game despite exceptional goaltending from Roberto Luongo - it is somewhat surprising that Boughner believes he has found pairings that are anything close to satisfactory. It’s not uncommon to see the same lineup day in, day out for a team that is winning games, but a team near the bottom of the standings with such a glaring issue should think twice before refusing to experiment some more in an area that has nowhere to go but up. The poor defensive play by the Florida Panthers this season only highlights management’s decision to not protect...

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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