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The Florida Panthers Continue To Play Well In Win Over The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Erik Erlendsson at NBC Miami,

Jonathan Huberdeau scored and led a balanced attack that included goals from six players, and the Florida Panthers gained on Central Division-leading Tampa Bay with a 6-4 victory over the Lightning on Monday night.

Florida won two of the three games between the teams in a five-day span and pulled within a point of the Lightning in the standings.

Aleksander Barkov, Anton Stralman, Owen Tipppett, Anthony Duclair and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida, which recorded its first win in Tampa Bay since March 26. 2016, a span of eight games....

“They didn’t do anything, really, to us,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “It was all self-inflicted. Like the first one, self-inflicted. The second one, self-inflicted. We had full control of the puck and we just hand it over to them. The third and fourth one, we turned it over at the blue line, self-inflicted. Terrible.’’

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The Florida Panthers Met The Challenge

from Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald,

The Florida Panthers were optimistic yet cautious. They had gotten off to one of the best starts in franchise history and had been steady throughout the first 10 games of the shortened 2021 season while primarily facing teams at the bottom half of the Central Division.

But the defending Stanley Cup champions were coming to town. Thursday, their first of three games in five days against the Tampa Bay Lightning, would serve as the litmus test for where this Panthers team really stands.

“They are doing everything right,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said of the Lightning leading into the game, “and we have to do more than everything right.”

On Thursday, the Panthers did more than everything right.

The offense was humming and got past one of the best goaltenders in the league. The defense stymied a high-potent offense. Sergei Bobrovsky followed up his best performance of the season with another solid game in net.

The end result at the BB&T Center: Panthers 5, Lightning 2.

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Anthony Duclair Signs With Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Anthony Duclair on a one-year contract.

"Anthony is a dynamic and highly skilled player who is capable of being a dependable offensive contributor for our team" said Zito. "He possesses tremendous speed and goal scoring ability and earned an opportunity to be named an NHL All-Star last season. We're excited to welcome Anthony and look forward to what he can add to our team."

Duclair, 25, appeared in 66 games with the Ottawa Senators in 2019-20, producing 40 points (23-17-40). The 5-foot-11, 198-pound native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec, posted career-highs in goals (23), shorthanded goals (2) and shots on goal (184) and played in the 2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game. Duclair ranked second on the Senators in goals (23), third in even-strength goals (16) and tied for first in power-play goals (5).

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Weekly Hockey Notes

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Brett Peterson busted a barrier this past week when he became an assistant general manager with the Florida Panthers.

Peterson, who lives in Newton, is a 39-year-old former player agent who won a national title (2001) as a defenseman at Boston College. He also happens to be Black. If you don’t think that’s important, you aren’t seeing the bigger picture.

”It’s not like we always haven’t had diverse players,” said former Bruins winger Anson Carter, who is also Black. “It might not be at the numbers in other sports. They do exist. It’s great they’ve had those opportunities.

“But the problem I’ve always had with hockey: The sport would always recycle the same people over and over and over again. Maybe your first opportunity as a head coach, you learn from your mistakes and it makes you a better coach the second time around. When you see a guy getting hired and fired three, four, five times, there’s a reason. Why bring them back?

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Progress Being Made In The NHL

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The relationship between Bill Zito and Brett Peterson goes back to when the two met for a cup of coffee in Chicago more than a decade ago. Zito was working as an agent for Acme Sports at the time and was running a summer camp for clients in the area. Zito clients Patrick and Ben Eaves asked Zito if Peterson, a defenseman who was bouncing around the minors at the time, could take part in the camp. The Eaves brothers then urged Zito to meet with Peterson to gauge his interest in becoming an agent.

“We’re having a coffee and all of a sudden he’s like, ‘Yeah, I was wondering if you’d represent me,’ ” Zito recalled. “And I’m thinking, “Aw, man, that’s all I need, another East Coast League guy.’ What am I going to say? No?”

Peterson went on to play one more unspectacular season in 2008-09, splitting his time among the American and International Leagues and the ECHL, but the bond he and Zito formed stuck. Zito went on to hire Peterson to work with him at the agency and then plucked him out of the agent ranks to be one of his two assistant GMs with the Florida Panthers. And in doing so, he made Peterson the first Black assistant GM in NHL history. Just days after Kim Ng became the first woman in history to be named GM of a Major League Baseball team, the front offices in sports leagues are opening up. In the next couple of days, it’s expected that former NHLer Joel Ward will be named an assistant coach with the Henderson Silver Knights of the AHL, the primary affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Dale Tallon Cleared Of Allegations Against Him

NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today that the anonymous report it received that Dale Tallon made inappropriate racial, religious, and ethnic comments while serving as General Manager of the Florida Panthers has been fully investigated and was not substantiated.

The anonymous report alleged that Tallon, then-General Manager of the Panthers, had used racially derogatory language while the team was in the Toronto Secure Zone during the first week of August, and had in the past made openly racial, religious, and ethnic comments.

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Pittsburgh/Florida Trade

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour (SEE-vee-yuhr) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Patric Hornqvist, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Matheson is signed through the 2025-26 season and his contract carries an average annual value of $4.875 million. Sceviour's deal runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries an average annual value of $1.2 million.

"First, this was a difficult decision to say goodbye to a terrific person and player in Patric," said Rutherford. "He was a huge part of our success over the last six seasons, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, and we wish him nothing but the best.

"Mike is a young, skilled defenseman with great offensive instincts who plays with speed and has a good shot, while Colton is a solid veteran player who has a lot of experience on the penalty kill."

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Florida Panthers Expected To Part Ways With Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen

from rank Seravalli of TSN,

The Florida Panthers are expected to soon part ways with veteran assistant coach Mike Kitchen after he allegedly kicked a Panthers’ player on the bench during a game this season, multiple sources have told TSN.

Neither the Panthers nor Kitchen immediately returned requests for comment.

A National Hockey League official confirmed it has been apprised of an internal investigation by the Panthers.

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Bill Zito Is The New GM For The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers Owner & Governor Vincent Viola announced today that Bill Zito has been named General Manager of the Panthers. Zito will oversee the club's hockey operations including all matters relating to player personnel, scouting department and minor league operations.

"We are thrilled to welcome Bill Zito as General Manager of the Florida Panthers," said Viola. "Bill is an excellent mind in our game today who proved during his time with the Columbus Blue Jackets that he possesses great prowess for evaluating talent and building success. He brings great experience to our club and possesses a strong business acumen."

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Florida Panthers Will have A New GM

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that an organizational search will begin for the franchise's next General Manager immediately.

Dale Tallon's contract was set to expire following the 2019-20 season. This search follows a mutual agreement between Tallon and the organization to part ways following a 10-season tenure with the club.

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