Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

Harry Zolnierczyk has signed an AHL contract with the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Zolnierczyk had 21 goals and 42 points in 73 AHL games last season. The 30-year-old has appeared in 84 career NHL contests.
Jul 14 - 3:44 AM

Julian Melchiori has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.

Melchiori had four goals and 14 points in 49 AHL games last season. The 26-year-old has registered two assists in 30 career NHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 13 - 3:20 PM

MacKenzie Weegar has an arbitration hearing date of July 30.

Weegar finished a one-year, $675,000 contract. He had two goals and eight points in 60 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 12 - 3:07 PM

Alexander Petrovic has signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers.

As previously reported, Petrovic passed on the opportunity to file for arbitration. It's possible that he did so because he knew this signing was imminent. "Alexander is a dependable young defenseman who adds size and physicality to our lineup," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "He plays the game with an edge and has grown into a strong shutdown defender. We look forward to Alexander taking the next step in his development with the Panthers and are pleased to have agreed to terms with him." Petrovic had two goals and 13 points in 67 games last season.
Jul 6 - 3:17 PM

Although Alex Petrovic was eligible for arbitration this summer, he has decided not to exercise that option.

That means there's no timetable on the Panthers re-signing Petrovic, but it also means that he can potentially sign an offer sheet. Petrovic had two goals and 13 points in 67 games last season while averaging a modest 14:39 minutes per game. His role with the Panthers isn't firm, so there's still a chance that he won't end up playing with them next season. That said, the Panthers did extend him a qualifying offer, which had to be worth at least $1.85 million.
Jul 6 - 3:45 AM

MacKenzie Weegar has made a salary arbitration request.

Weegar is coming off a one-year, $675,000 contract. He scored two goals and eight points in 60 contests last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:20 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed Jacob MacDonald to a two-year, two-way contract.

MacDonald had 20 goals and 55 points in 75 AHL games in 2017-18. The 25-year-old blueliner is expected to spend the full 2018-19 campaign in the minors.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 2 - 9:00 PM

Paul Thompson has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.

Thompson had 38 points and 108 penalty minutes in 76 AHL contests in 2017-18. The 29-year-old has three assists in 24 career NHL games.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 2 - 8:58 PM

Jared McCann has re-signed with the Florida Panthers.

It's a two-year deal but financial terms were not announced. The center had nine goals and 28 points with the Panthers last season. He has little fantasy value.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 2:21 PM

Michael Hutchinson signed a one-year contract with Florida.

This is goaltending depth for Florida as they already have Roberto Luongo and James Reimer. Hutchinson played only three games for Winnipeg last season, winning two. He has no fantasy value.
Jul 1 - 1:12 PM

Prospect Max Gildon has impressed the Florida Panthers with his skating and big frame during the team's development camp.

"I thought he was really good today," said Panthers AHL affiliate Springfield coach Geordie Kinnear, who ran the camp. "Amazing skater. I know that we’re all excited about him. I thought he was very, very good today." Gildon, a third round pick from the 2017 Draft spent last season playing for the University of New Hampshire, picking up 23 points in 36 games. He's already considered as being Florida's top prospect on the blueline and the Panthers appear to have gotten a steal in the third round. He'll likely spend at least another season playing college hockey.
Jun 30 - 10:43 AM

The Florida Panthers have signed Frank Vatrano to a one-year, one-way contract.

The exact financial terms weren't disclosed, but Vatrano was coming off his entry-level contract and could have been a restricted free agent on July 1. He had seven goals and 10 points in 41 games with Boston and Florida last season. "Frank brings scoring ability and depth to our forward group," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "He was a solid addition to our forward group during our playoff push and we're excited for his continued development with the Panthers."
Jun 29 - 3:47 PM

Samuel Montembeault isn't too worried about when his opportunity to play in the NHL will come.

"For me, it’s just to always be ready, because you never know what can happen," Montembeault said. "I don’t know exactly how many years I’ve still got. Obviously for a goalie it’s always longer to develop and then get to the NHL. I just have to take my time, do what I have to do to get better, and when the opportunity will come, it will be for me to take it." Montembeault's had a 3.25 GAA and .896 save percentage in 41 AHL games as a rookie, so he didn't stand out statistically. That said, he's still just 21-years-old so he has plenty of time to grow. Florida took him with the 77th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 29 - 6:54 AM

The Florida Panthers hope to add Owen Tippett to the team's NHL roster on a full-time basis next season.

"I expect him to come to camp and fight for a job," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said Tuesday. "You know, he's a great shooter, no one can shoot the puck better than this kid. He loves to shoot it, and we've got a lot of playmakers that can give him the puck. So we're gonna give him every opportunity to make our team. It doesn't matter how old you are, it's how good you are and how hard you work." The 19-year-old forward played seven games with Florida last season before he was returned to the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL. He can play there again in 2018-19, but it is expected that he will be given every opportunity to stay in the NHL.
Jun 27 - 9:55 AM

Alex Petrovic received a qualifying offer from Florida Monday.

Jared McCann, Curtis Valk, Frank Vatrano and MacKenzie Weegar also got qualifying offers from the Panthers. Petrovic, Weegar, Vatrano and Valk can file for salary arbitration.
Jun 25 - 5:20 PM


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