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Barkov is Selke Bound

Barkov is Selke Bound

April 20th, 2018 The Selke Trophy is given to the “forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game,” and while offensive output is not mentioned in the description, it too is a factor. Although left out of this year’s nominees, it is an award the Florida Panthers’ Aleksander...
Why the Florida Panthers Missed Playoffs

Why the Florida Panthers Missed Playoffs

April 12th, 2018 The Florida Panthers were on the cusp of a playoff position since the all-star break, but with the 2017-18 regular season in the books, they came up one point short. While at one time only a point behind the New Jersey Devils, the Panthers found themselves five points back with four games to...

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February 27th, 2018
Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers have found their identity and it's time for them to make a statement. Fresh off what are probably the two most important wins of the season, the Panthers start the week very much in the playoff race. While they were unable to shut down Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov of the Panthers, shined just as bright in the team’s 6-5 overtime victory on Saturday. Every win is important but if the Panthers are to make it to the postseason, they must continue this win streak and look back at this past weekend as the turning point of their season. The importance of a team's 'identity' may seem like a cliché but it is integral to success. This season, the Panthers have struggled to establish a style that best fits their roster. After their recent success, it is apparent that they are a team with offensive firepower but one that needs contributions from everyone. The Penguins may be able to win on the backs of Malkin and...
February 27th, 2018
Long Read

The 2018 National Hockey League Trade Deadline has come and gone, and, it has to be said, it was much more exciting than usual. Yes, many of the deals featured a player you’ve never heard of traded for a guy you forgot existed. And yes, names perennially popular at deadline time once again found their way into a transaction (see: Vanek, Thomas). But Evander Kane? Ryan McDonagh? Rick Nash? These are bona fide stars! The second-tier of players moved was pretty impressive, too, with the likes of Derick Brassard, Tomas Plekanec and Paul Stastny all changing locales. Though the Florida Panthers were rumoured to be in the thick of the action with the likes of McDonagh and, though he ended up staying put, Max Pacioretty, they stayed all but silent. Heading into the deadline on a 9-3 run, holding off must have been exceedingly difficult for general manager Dale Tallon. Ultimately though, despite not maximising the use of Florida’s non-player assets, Tallon made the right...
February 23rd, 2018
Florida Panthers

It gave me chills. Listening to Roberto Luongo address the crowd prior to the Florida Panthers’ game against the Washington Capitals was emotional, inspiring and exactly why the netminder is one of the classiest in the league today. Luongo is a Parkland, Florida, resident. He has been for the last 12 years and he spoke of how his wife was born and raised in the area. For those who don’t know, Parkland was recently hit with tragedy - senseless and avoidable tragedy - when 17 students were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Luongo took to the ice prior to Thursday’s game while the faces and names of the victims were shown on the video screen. On top of that, 17 circles of light with the students’ names shone over the darkened ice. The mood was sombre. But the feeling within the arena was one of unity as Luongo spoke from the heart. https://twitter.com/NHL/status/966860461701558274 Luongo: Emotional and Honest He spoke about feeling...
February 22nd, 2018
Florida Panthers

Most fans would agree that, other than playoffs, this time of year is the best stretch of the NHL season. There are still many teams in the mix for a playoff spot, and as the trade deadline looms, we anxiously want to know who will be buyers, who will be sellers and who may stick it out with what they have. For the Florida Panthers, who are seven points back of a postseason berth, what they decide to do leading up to Monday’s deadline, hinges on the next two games. Seven points is a large hole to climb out of but eleven points are insurmountable this late in the season. The good news is that their motivation could not be higher and teams typically play their best hockey when the season is on the line -- desperate teams are dangerous teams. The bad news is that their crucial next two games are against the star-studded rosters of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, who are first and second in their division standings. Shutting Down Alex Ovechkin & Evgeni...

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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