Player News - Panthers

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Roberto Luongo was irate following Wednesday's preseason game against Montreal.

Canadiens forward Max Domi sucker-punched Florida defender Aaron Ekblad in the contest, drawing the ire of the Panthers in the process. "I'm sure the league will look at it and we definitely won't forget about it," said Luongo. "You don't do that. You respect your opponents and if your opponent doesn't want to engage in a fight, there's no reason to drop your glove and punch him square in the face. Bit of a gutless play. You don't do those types of things." Domi will face a hearing on Thursday with the NHL Department of Player Safety.
Sep 20 - 10:02 AM

Aaron Ekblad was forced to leave Wednesday's preseason game against Montreal to be evaluated for a concussion.

The league made the call to take Ekblad off the ice. However, the Panthers got some good news when it was determined that Ekblad was not concussed and he didn't suffer a broken nose either after he was punched by Montreal's Max Domi. He should be ready to resume activities at the team's training camp. Domi will face a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for his actions.
Sep 20 - 9:14 AM

Aaron Ekblad left Wednesday night's preseason contest with the Montreal Canadiens after receiving a sucker punch from Max Domi that left him bloodied.

Domi tried to engage Ekblad in Florida's end but Ekblad wasn't having any of it before Domi dropped his right glove, punching the Panthers' stud blueliner square in the face. TSN's Pierre Lebrun reported that the NHL's Department of Player Safety is currently reviewing the incident. Ekblad left the ice and never returned. Head coach Bob Boughner said after the game that Ekblad went through the concussion protocol after the game and passed, all other tests came back negative. The Panthers appear to have dodged a bullet.
Sep 19 - 10:40 PM

Evgenii Dadonov scored a couple of goals during Wednesday's 5-2 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Florida's top line connected well on the opening goal after Nick Bjugstad protected the puck well along the boards before passing the buck to Sasha Barkov who showed great vision in feeding Dadonov for the goal. Dadonov then got his second a few minutes later, this time taking a feed from Vincent Trocheck on the power play. The Russian forward came back from the KHL last season and put up 28 goals and 65 points. Those are totals we should continue to expect as long as he is skating alongside Barkov. Jared McCann also scored a couple of goals in the win.
Sep 19 - 10:22 PM

Serron Noel has been returned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.

Noel was among several roster cuts on Tuesday. Forwards Patrick Bajkov and Jayce Hawryluk as well as defensemen Michael Downing and Thomas Schemitsch were sent to AHL's Springfield Thunderbirds. The Panthers also released Blaine Byron, Bobby Farnham, Jake Horton, Matt Mangene, Harry Zolnierczyk, Dylan MacPherson, Linus Nassen and Evan Cormier from their tryouts, but expect them to attend Springfield's training camp.
Sep 18 - 2:06 PM

Henrik Borgstrom skated on the wing at Tuesday's practice.

"I want to see him on the wing because I haven't seen him on the wing that much," coach Bob Boughner said. "I want to see where he sort of fits in and what he looks like. It's good competition, obviously. We've got to make sure we figure out the right spot for him if he's going to play with us… he's going to get a great opportunity because he's a pretty special player." He was Florida's top-line center in Game 2 of Monday's exhibition doubleheader.
Sep 18 - 2:01 PM

Michael Hutchinson allowed five goals on 31 shots in Monday's 5-0 split-squad meeting with the Nashville Predators.

With starting netminder Roberto Luongo continuously battling injuries the last couple of years, the Panthers dipped into the free-agent pool to bring in the experienced Hutchinson as the team's third goaltender. Hutchinson is not expected to stick with the NHL club and should start the season as Springfield's starter in the AHL.
Sep 17 - 10:05 PM

Nick Bjugstad scored a goal in Florida's 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

This was one of two losses suffered by the Panthers in a split-squad matchup with the Panthers. Bjugstad was finally able to get in a full 82-game season last year after missing a combined 59 games through his first four full seasons in the league. He's slated to start the season along Vincent Trocheck, giving him intriguing fantasy upside. Jacob MacDonald and Patrick Bajkov also scored in the loss.
Sep 17 - 9:51 PM

Aleksander Barkov has been named captain of the Florida Panthers.

Barkov is the 10th captain in Panthers franchise history. Derek MacKenzie wore the "C" for the previous two seasons. "Aleksander Barkov is ready to be the captain of the Florida Panthers," said Florida GM Dale Tallon. "He has all of the qualities of a great leader: unrivaled work ethic, wisdom beyond his years and the respect and admiration of his teammates. Aleksander's determination and passion for the game have made him one of the NHL's best and most complete players."
Sep 17 - 9:43 AM

Mike Hoffman has been skating on the Panthers' second line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck.

Hoffman and Huberdeau were teammates for a brief time with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec League back in 2009. "I think we can be pretty dominant," said Hoffman. "But it’ll take a little bit of time to build some chemistry. It usually doesn’t take too long — offensive guys always think alike and can build right from Day One." The Panthers missed the playoffs by a hair last season, so they're hoping the acquisition of Hoffman puts them over the top. The 28-year-old had 22 goals and 56 points in 82 games last season.
Sep 16 - 10:05 AM

Jamie McGinn will be sidelined indefinitely after he underwent successful back surgery.

McGinn notched 13 goals and 29 points in 76 games with Florida last season. He won't get a chance to compete for a bottom-six spot in the lineup at training camp.
Sep 14 - 10:44 AM

Roberto Luongo believes that the Panthers are close to being able to win a Stanley Cup.

"The way we finished, adding (Mike) Hoffman, there are a lot of things to be excited about," the 39-year-old said. "I just wish I was five to 10 years younger so I could be here for a while with them, that's the part that is a little bit scary for me. I feel like we are right there and hopefully it will happen in the next couple of years but if it's five or six years down the road, then I don't think I'll be around for that, and that's scary."
Source: NHL.com
Sep 1 - 6:08 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed forward Troy Brouwer to a one-year deal worth $850,000.

The deal is reportedly a one-way contract, meaning the veteran will be paid the same salary regardless if he is sent to the AHL. He joins a crowded forward core in Florida and will have to battle in training camp for a spot in the top-nine.
Aug 27 - 3:38 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed Mark Letestu to a professional tryout.

The 33-year-old had nine goals and 23 points in 80 games with the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets last season. The Panthers already have 12 forwards on one-way contracts heading into 2018-19 and they have some youngsters that might be good enough to stick on the roster, so Letestu will really have to stand out in training camp if he's going to earn a contract. Even if he does make the team, he won't carry any fantasy value.
Aug 14 - 3:09 PM

Brody Sutter signed a contract with Vaasa Sport of the Finnish League.

Sutter has 12 games of NHL experience with the Carolina Hurricanes, but he failed to record a point during that stretch. The 26-year-old accumulated eight goals and 18 assists in 58 games with the AHL's Manitoba Moose last season.
Aug 14 - 1:19 PM


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