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The Best Defenseman You Don’t Know (Much) About

The Best Defenseman You Don’t Know (Much) About

February 18th, 2018 As the first-overall pick in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, there were, and still are, massive expectations heaped upon the shoulders of Aaron Ekblad. The Florida Panthers defenseman has done nothing but perform, quickly establishing himself as the Panthers’ number one rearguard after...
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Florida Panthers Jersey History

February 12th, 2018 The Florida Panthers are, and pretty much always have been, one of the most colourful teams in the National Hockey League. On the figurative side of things, whether it’s arena shenanigans, overbearing ownership, or general manager Dale Tallon’s twisted revenge plot, the Panthers are never,...

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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...
November 22nd, 2017
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All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey… Okay, so maybe not in Florida (or California, for that matter), but I live in Victoria, so bear with me here. After defeating the Dallas Stars in a shootout Tuesday night, the Florida Panthers embarked on their annual California road trip. Most teams dread the gauntlet of the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, three of the toughest outs in the National Hockey League. However, this particular road trip was very kind to the Panthers last season, with the Cats winning all three games in the midst of a stretch in which they won seven of eight (fun fact: the Panthers were eight games above .500 in late February of last season). This year? Well, not so much. After a good effort in San Jose that resulted in a win, the Cats dropped back-to-back decisions against the Kings and Ducks. Related - Florida Panthers Purrview: Week Six in Review Florida Panthers’ Week That Was Panthers Outshot, but Not...
November 17th, 2017
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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 thought the reinstatement of Tallon as GM following a tumultuous 2016-17 in South Florida could only be a good thing for the Panthers. After all, he still had the talented core he assembled, along with solid goaltending and a coach of his choosing. Instead, he strip-mined the roster and is now making excuses for his team’s resulting struggles. Dale Tallon’s Indefensible Defense It’s no secret the Panthers’ main problem thus far this season has been their poor defensive play. At the heart of these issues is their staggeringly inexperienced defense. According to the Sun Sentinel, the Panthers’ struggles on the back end did not come as a surprise to Tallon, who said,...
November 14th, 2017
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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 the season. Let’s take it down a notch here; it’s not time to panic. The Cats played two really good games this week, and things certainly look better today than they did a week ago. This coming week, they face a real challenge: the high-powered Dallas Stars (surely a test for their shaky defense), followed by the always-tough California road trip (three games in four days). If they can come out of it relatively unscathed, it would say a lot about their chances moving forward. Florida Panthers’ Week That Was Hurricane Season in Raleigh The Tuesday night matchup between the Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes was a must-watch. A team that can’t score versus a team that can’t...

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