PANTHERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Strong Offseason Needed to Keep Panthers Atop Atlantic Division

Heading into the 2015-16 NHL season, there was very few people who had the Florida Panthers winning the Atlantic Division. To the surprise of many people, they won it and they controlled it. It was their Division. Some people chalked it up to an unsustainable PDO, others said key injuries to star players on competing teams allowed for the Cats to claim the division title, but really...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 hour ago

Florida Panthers Need To Find A Successor To Roberto Luongo

Without fact-checking, I can safely say no one expected the Florida Panthers to finish atop the Atlantic Division this season. But a youthful energy carried them the whole season, with Aaron Ekblad, Aleksander Barkov and many more players emerging as stars in the NHL. But one area that didn’t have this youthful presence was in net. While Roberto Luongo had a solid season, at 37...
Via The Hockey Writers
8 hours ago

Panthers Sign Swedish Defenseman Linus Hulstrom

As previous speculated, the Florida Panthers have come to a deal with with Swedish defenseman Linus Hultstrom, bringing him to North America for the first time in his career. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though reports peg it as a two-year pact. The 23-year-old put up 12 goals and 31 points through 52 games for Djurgardens IF in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) last season...
Via The Hockey Writers
20 hours ago

Florida Panthers captain Willie Mitchell expected to retire

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Willie Mitchell hoisted the Stanley Cup twice, played parts of 15 NHL seasons, even found a way back on the ice after a knee injury kept him out for more than a year.This time, it looks virtually certain that he's gone for good.The Florida Panthers don't expect their captain to be back next season, and one of his closest friends on the team essentially revealed...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers retire ‘Kevin Spacey in Space’ shirt after elimination

The Florida Panthers were eliminated from the postseason Sunday courtesy of a 2-1 double-overtime loss to the New York Islanders. But the Panthers were one of the bigger surprises of the 2015-16 NHL season and not only did their play on the ice attract more attention than the team historically has received, a whimsical locker room ritual became the talk of the league. But all that...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers indicate that Mitchell's career likely over

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers do not expect captain and two-time Stanley Cup winner Willie Mitchell to return next season, and one of his closest friends indicated that his career is over. Mitchell missed the final 42 games this season, amid concern over what another concussion would do to his long-term health. Mitchell was known to have concussions in 2002, 2006 and...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Optimism abounds for Panthers despite frustrating first-round exit

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- There was a stretch in the regular season where the Florida Panthers seemed like they were getting every break, helping them put together what became a franchise-record 12-game winning streak.And then came the postseason, when it seemed like no bounces went Florida's way.The Panthers played a six-game series against the New York Islanders, found themselves trailing...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers fans should be optimistic for the future

There is nothing more disappointing than getting close to your ultimate goal and falling short. The Florida Panthers fell in the first round, but it isn’t anything to be ashamed of and they will come back even stronger next season. Let me tell you how they are going to do just that. 1. Aleksander Barkov is going to get better Just short of a point-per-game pace, Barkov was...
Via Puck Drunk Love
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Bjugstad bloodied after falling straight into boards

Nick Bjugstad went through a scary moment on Friday after falling straight into the boards head-first during Game 5 of the Islanders-Panthers series. Bjugstad lost his footing and went straight into the boards during the second overtime between the teams: Slo-mo look at Bjugstad’s injury pic.twitter.com/CyM8UVajnR — Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 23, 2016 Bjugstad...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the 23 players in the history of the Florida Panthers selected to the All-Star Game

Can you name the 23 players in the history of the Florida Panthers selected to the All-Star Game? Clue: Year
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers announcers get doused with beer

The Florida Panthers eked out a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Game 4 of their NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series evening things at 2-2. While the win was pretty sweet for the Panthers who return home for Game 5, it turned out to be a wet victory for their TV announcers, Steve Goldstein and Dennis Potvin. They apparently got doused from a beer by an Islanders...
Via Awful Announcing
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A New Series: How The Panthers And Islanders Have Stacked Up

A week ago, SQ took a look at what was sure to be an exciting series between the Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders. With the series split at two games apiece, the two teams certainly have not disappointed. In that preview, we said the key for the Panthers was goaltending, and the key for the Islanders was puck possession. As the series now becomes a best-of-three, how...
Via The Sports Quotient
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Reilly Smith Shines Amidst Panthers Struggle

The Panthers ended the regular season as one of the hottest teams in the NHL, and things have only continued to heat up as a star forward has been lighting the lamp, night after night. And surprisingly no, it's not Jaromir Jagr. While the Panthers' top line of Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Jagr opened the series against the New York Islanders without a single point...
Via The Sports Quotient
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaromir Jagr hasn’t scored in 34 straight playoff games

Jaromir Jagr is one of the most prolific scorers in NHL history, ranking third all-time with 749 career goals. That’s an insane marker. The 44-year-old keeps coming back and continues to be an effective top-six winger, despite his age. Jagr continued his success in 2015-16, having a great year in his first full season with the Florida Panthers, scoring 27 goals and 66 points....
Via Puck Drunk Love
15 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL opening round quick hits: Panthers vs. Islanders

VitalsFlorida: (47-26-9) 1st in Atlantic DivisionNew York: (45-27-10) 4th in Metropolitan DivisionSeason SeriesThe Panthers won two of the three meetings between the two teams this season.Looking at the MatchupThe Isles enter these playoffs with a bevy of injuries. They will have to start the first round without starting netminder Jaroslav Halak, and it has not yet been determined...
Via Yardbarker
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Will more current NHL players speak up about head trauma?

Perhaps it was just a matter of time before an active player entered the discussion about the NHL’s ongoing concussion case. But that didn’t make it any less impactful when Willie Mitchell pointed his finger at the league for “not doing enough” when it comes to head trauma.The NHL’s ordeal is something that SportsNet’s  Elliotte Friedman wrote "will get worse before...
Via Yardbarker
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Willie Mitchell blasts the NHL over player safety, concussions

The hottest topic in the NHL right now is concussions. They occur in almost every single sport, but the contact nature of hockey and football makes the discussion all the more prevalent. Any time it gets brought up in a league atmosphere, it almost always gets hushed and thrown under the rug. Imagine to everyone’s surprise when one of the longest tenured players in the game, Willie...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Two Florida Panthers players received crazy cool birthday cakes

Any hockey player who loves cake should aim to play for the Florida Panthers. The cakes the organization had made for players were so well done that the team had to remind people the birthday cakes were not an April Fool's joke.Panthers forwards Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith both have April 1 birthdays (although Jokinen was born in 1983 and Smith was born in 1991), and each player...
Via Fox Sports
April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Panthers penalized twice after fans throw fake rats on ice

The Florida Panthers celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the infamous “rat trick” incident in which Scott Mellanby reportedly killed a rat with his stick in the locker room before going out and scoring two goals back in 1995-96 by handing out 10,000 fake rats to fans in attendance for their game against New Jersey. Eager to relive the insane days of old where there were lengthy...
Via The Comeback
April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Kevin Spacey had fun with the Florida Panthers during ‘Spacey in Space’ night

The Florida Panthers held a Kevin Spacey “Spacey in Space” night on Saturday, based on their budding relationship with the actor, and it seemed like a huge success. Florida ending up losing 5-3 to the Detroit Red Wings, but Panthers fans went nuts when Spacey — who donned a ‘Spacey in Space’ sweater and a ‘Spacey facey’ — appeared on the jumbotron, giving the House...
Via The Comeback
March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Panthers good luck charm Kevin Spacey expected to attend game

“Spacey in Space” apparently may to turn into “Spacey in BB&T Center,” perhaps as soon as this weekend. “House of Cards” actor Kevin Spacey, who has turned into some kind of quasi-good luck charm for the Florida Panthers, is expected to be in attendance at the team’s game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. It all started when the team started giving...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Jaromir Jagr’s career is longer than 1/3 of NHL player’s lives

Jaromir Jagr’s career is like the Energizer Bunny – it just keeps going and going. The 44-year-old entered the league in 1990 as an 18-year-old and has played on eight different clubs over his long career . It’s not like Jagr has gotten worse with age either, as his production is still impressive. This year, he’s put together another above average season with the Florida...
Via The Comeback
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss
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