PANTHERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

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
26 minutes 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
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Jaromir Jagr Likely to Return to Panthers

The Florida Panthers cleaned out their lockers on Tuesday, following a disappointing opening round exit at the hands of the New York Islanders. Jaromir Jagr talked to media and, besides confirming that the Jagr mullet is here to stay, he again indicated that he liked playing for the Panthers and is likely to return. He had confirmed after the Game 6 loss to the Isles that he intended...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 hours ago

Florida Panthers Robbed by Non-Calls

Panthers Eliminated, No-Call One of More Memorable Moments The New York Islanders won their first playoff series in 23 years and we all should be happy for them. After all, they spent years with embarrassingly bad management and seemed as though they’d never get out of the cellar. Now, they have one of the better collections of young talent in the league as well as one of the...
Via Sports-Glory
19 hours 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

It’s time to ask uncomfortable questions about Jaromir Jagr’s future

When the dust settles and the disappointment fades a little more, it’s pretty much a given that Jaromir Jagr will want to play in the NHL again next season. And it’s also pretty much a given that the Florida Panthers will happily take him back. But watching one of the greatest players in the history of the game labor through the Panthers’ first-round playoff loss to the New...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Watch Jonathan Huberdeau score with wicked shot while falling to the ice

The Florida Panthers may have been eliminated from the post-season Sunday night, but they didn’t go down without a fight. But even as their season ended, Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau may have offered up what could go down as one of the nicest goals of the entire playoffs. Late in the first period of a scoreless Game 6, the Islanders turned the puck over in the neutral zone...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

Tweet of the Moment 4/24/16

Thank you, #FlaPanthers fans for the 2015-16 season. pic.twitter.com/NdWv1ZC82G — Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) April 25, 2016 Look at what you did, Islanders. You made the Panthers sad Thanks a lot, Schultz.
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Panthers without Bjugstad for Game 6, listed as day-to-day after frightening injury

The Florida Panthers face their first must-win game of the post-season Sunday evening, and if the Cats are going to extend their season they’ll need to do it without one of their young impact players. Panthers center Nick Bjugstad has been ruled out of Game 6 after suffering a scary injury during the second overtime period of Game 5. When chasing a puck in the New York Islanders’...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

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
3 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
6 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
12 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
20 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
22 days ago  |  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
25 days ago  |  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
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