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Morning Line- Vinnie Viola

“First of all, you have to understand one thing. I assume complete responsibility for everything that went right and went wrong since we bought the team. Obviously, we want to be a Stanley Cup contender. We’re not. How do you build trust? I think you’ve got to do it over time. To the extent that we’ve lost it, we work hard every day to get it back.”

“We rebooted in the middle of a rebuild, that’s hard to do. We lost at least part of this year to new systems, new coaches. But it seems like we are, as an organization, we are moving in the right direction.”

-Vinnie Viola, owner of the Florida Panthers.  Matthew DeFranks of the Sun Sentinel has much more on the Panthers.

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Bill Torrey Passed Away Last Night

NEW YORK (May 3, 2018) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of William A. Torrey:

“William A. Torrey passed away at his home in Florida last evening. The National Hockey League mourns the passing of a true legend of our game, the incomparable Bill Torrey.

“Bill was the first employee, general manager and architect of one of the greatest dynasties in NHL history – the New York Islanders, winners of four straight Stanley Cups. He was the first president of the Florida Panthers and built the organization into one of the most successful expansion franchises in League history – the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final in just their third season of existence. And his imprint is on virtually every team in our League, as he personally mentored and inspired generations of NHL general managers who have followed him and established the team-building blueprint based upon scouting, drafting and player development that today remains the model for lasting success.

“It is no wonder that he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and was the recipient of a Lester Patrick Award.

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The UFA Plan For The Florida Panthers

from Matthew DeFranks of the SunSentinel,

The Panthers certainly have the cap space to make a run at major free agents this summer. They ended the season with $6.86 million of cap space and are projected to have $9.03 million of space next season. That doesn’t include an expected league-wide bump in the salary cap that would give teams more room to maneuver.

But last summer brought rumblings of an internal cap that contributed to the departures of Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault to Vegas.

So do the Panthers have the means to pursue major free agents this summer?

“I would say yes, we do,” Tallon said. “We’ve identified and we like certain players. We have it in our budget. We’re going to do what we can to improve our team.”

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Clinching Scenarios Today

via the NHL PR department,

The Flyers (41-26-14, 96 points) and Panthers (42-30-8, 92 points) remain in contention for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend.

* The Flyers can clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and reach the postseason for the second time in three campaigns if they earn a single point in their matinee game (3:00pm ET, NBC) with the Rangers. Philadelphia would also clinch if the Panthers lose to the Sabres. 

Meanwhile, the Panthers – who have already reeled off wins against the Hurricanes, Predators and Bruinsthis week – aim to push their winning streak to four games as they continue their pursuit of the Flyers and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Blues (44-31-6, 94 points) hold a one-point lead over the Avalanche (42-30-9, 93 points) as the teams face off at Pepsi Center in Colorado with the final playoff berth in the Western Conference on the line.

* The Blues will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they earn at least one point against the Avalanche.

* The Avalanche will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they defeat the Blues in regulation.

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If The Philadelphia Flyers And Florida Panthers End Up Tied

NEW YORK (April 6, 2018) – If at the conclusion of the regular season two teams competing for the final playoff berth in a conference are tied in points, ROW (regulation plus overtime wins), points in their season series (excluding the first home game for the team that has the extra game) and goal differential for the season, the following procedure will apply:

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Mike Matheson Fined For Diving/Embellishment

NEW YORK (April 6, 2018) -- Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

The incident took place on March 29th.  Watch the seven second video below...

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Four Teams Still In A Battle For Two Playoff Spots

 

Below, the Western Conference playoff picture.

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GIF & Video- Nashville Not Happy With No Goal Call

 

Nashville goal would have tied the game at the end of regulation.

As a neutral observer, I agree with the call.  Luongo's leg/arm? was pushed around causing the puck to come loose, goaltender interference.

 

 

added 10:43pm, video below...

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The Playoff Push From The Florida Panthers Appears To Be Over

from Matthew DeFranks of the Sun Sentinel,

The playoff hopes have all but evaporated, the Florida Panthers erasing a two-month push towards the postseason with a three-game stretch that dashed them.

The Panthers were one of the NHL’s hottest teams since the All-Star break, putting it all together after facing a 12-point playoff deficit at the break. They had three separate winning streaks of at least three games. They had just one prior to the break.

They won a franchise-record eight consecutive home games by sweeping a six-game homestand and then winning the next two in Sunrise. On March 5, a trip to the postseason looked probable, trailing the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot by one point with three games in hand.

But then the Panthers hit a wall, suffering a third consecutive defeat with a 5-1 loss to Boston on Saturday afternoon. They entered Sunday five points behind New Jersey for the final playoff spot.

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Gary Bettman On The Passing Of H. Wayne Huizenga

NEW YORK (March 23, 2018) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Florida Panthers founding owner H. Wayne Huizenga:

"Wayne Huizenga was an entrepreneurial visionary who possessed boundless energy, drive and imagination, a devotion to his community in South Florida and a passion for sports. Those all were vividly reflected in his founding of the Florida Panthers, the construction of a world-class arena in Sunrise and his leadership of the franchise to an appearance in the 1996 Stanley Cup Final in just its third year in existence.

"While Wayne established South Florida as a hockey market, he devoted as much time and effort to education-focused philanthropic efforts that benefited his beloved community in many ways.

"The National Hockey League sends its condolences to his family and to all throughout the sports and business worlds who Wayne touched and inspired – including the countless hockey fans and players throughout Florida who came to the game as a result of his vision."

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