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Video- Florida Panthers Down 4-0 To Start The 3rd, Win 5-4 In SO

In Boston.



added 11:03pm, Watch Bruce Cassidy after the game below.  Boston losing streak is at four.

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Afternoon Line- Joel Quenneville

"We've got a long way to go to be proven correct in that regard. [Barkov] has a ton of talent. [Ekblad] on the back end has had a nice start to the season. Does a lot of good things, big and defends well, and offensively adds a lot to our team. [Huberdeau] is getting red-hot right now. Great playmaker, play-recognizer, patience with the puck.

"Those guys in Chicago might have done it earlier in their career where they had a lot of success, but this group has to prove it. That's the test and that's what the challenge is. We have to find a way to get to that next level to where you can say you're a proven winner. We have a long way to go."

-Joel Quenneville, head coach of the Florida Panthers.  NHL.com has more on Coach Q.

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Florida Panthers Sign UFA Brian Boyle

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Brian Boyle on a one-year, one-way contract.

"With over 700 games played in the NHL and over 100 more in the playoffs, Brian brings a wealth of experience to our club," said Tallon. "He adds versatility and character to our lineup."

In 2018-19, Boyle, 34, appeared in 47 games with the New Jersey Devils (13-6-19) and 26 games with the Nashville Predators (5-0-5) recording a combined 24 points (18-6-24) over 73 games played. In the postseason with the Predators, Boyle registered two assists over three games.

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Sergei Bobrovsky’s Slow Start

from Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald,

There’s no denying that Sergei Bobrovsky has talent. The 31-year-old Russian goaltender is a two-time All-Star and two-time Vezina Trophy winner.

But there’s also no denying his slow start to his first year with the Florida Panthers, who signed him to a seven-year, $70 million contract this offseason. Bobrovsky has just a .872 save percentage through six starts — the third-lowest efficiency among the 32 goaltenders who have started at least four games. He has allowed at least four goals in four of his six starts, including surrendering five in Friday’s overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

For nearly every breathtaking save Bobrovsky makes, for every scrum in front of the net that he holds off — and there have been a slew of both early on this year — there seems to be an equal amount of frustrating minute-long stretches where the opposing team executes.


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Time For The Florida Panthers To Prove It

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Florida Panthers received a message from general manager Dale Tallon when they reported to training camp Thursday.

"Let's stop talking and start acting," he said. " 'Oh, yeah. Great summer. Great summer.' Well, now we have to prove it."...

Owner Vincent Viola has made a major investment, spending close to the $81.5 million NHL salary cap, to put pieces around the young, talented core. The Panthers have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs five times in 25 seasons, including once in the past seven, and ranked 30th in average home attendance last season at 13,261.

"He doubled down," Panthers president Matt Caldwell said. "I think he's been spending a lot as it is, and then he got to a point where he's like, 'We're kind of on the fringe. We've got to take the next big step.' "

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Morning Line- Aaron Ekblad

"Maybe in the past people overlooked us, but right now, I would say we go into this year as the team to beat. With the players we've brought in and the core we have established, I mean, if we don't (win), you know things are going to go sideways pretty quick. We have to realize and know if we want to stay together, we have to win."

-Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers.  NHL.com has more.

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Video- Season Preview For The Florida Panthers

ferom Jon Lane of NHL.com,

After an aggressive offseason, the Panthers are confident they will not only reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs but make a deep run. Florida hired three-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Joel Quenneville on April 8 and agreed to a seven-year contract with two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on July 1.

The Panthers also signed defenseman Anton Stralman and forwards Noel Acciari and Brett Connolly, who bring playoff experience to a core led by forwards Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck, and defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Mike Matheson.

The commitment to winning has energized the Panthers and their fans.

"What management did in free agency, you couldn't have asked for anything better," said Barkov, who is entering his second season as Florida captain. "We got a really good goalie, a defenseman and a couple of forwards. That's all we needed. I just can't wait to get back to training camp and start from there."


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Roberto Luongo’s Sweater Will Go To The Rafters In South Florida

from NHL.com,

Roberto Luongo will be the first player to have his number retired by the Florida Panthers when they raise his No. 1 before their game against the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center on March 7, 2020.

The 40-year-old retired after a 20-year career in the NHL on June 26. He is second in NHL history in games played by a goalie (1,044), third in wins (489) and ninth in shutouts (77). He is one of three goalies in NHL history to have played 1,000 games.

"I want to thank the entire Panthers organization for this incredible recognition," Luongo told the Panthers website. "It's quite an honor to be the first player to have his number retired by the Panthers. I'm truly looking forward to sharing this special night with my friends, family, teammates and the Panthers fans."


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Denis Potvin Retiring From His Broadcasting Role

SUNRISE, Fla. - Denis Potvin in conjunction with the Florida Panthers and FOX Sports Florida announced today his retirement from television broadcasting.

A member of the Panthers inaugural broadcast team in 1993-94, Potvin, 65, spent 21 seasons as the Panthers Television Color Analyst.

"On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, we want to thank Denis for his tremendous contributions to our franchise both as a broadcaster and as an ambassador of hockey in South Florida," said Florida Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. "A legend of the sport, it has been a privilege for our fans through the years to watch and listen to Denis analyze Panthers games. We wish him a happy retirement from this chapter of his illustrious career."

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Sergei Bobrovsky On Why He Left The Columbus Blue Jackets

from TSN,

Sergei Bobrovsky told Russia's Sport 24 that discord between him and Columbus Blue Jackets began after the team's first-round loss to the Washington Capitals in 2018 and he knew soon after that he would not sign an extension with the club.

There was no chance I'd sign an extension with (Columbus)," Bobrovsky said, per a translation by Sport-Express reporter Igor Eronko. "I felt I need another scenery. And it’s not just because of tensions with the (team)."...

"I was suspended by the team, there were some conflicts in the team, a lot of meetings and some of them just because of me," Bobrovsky explained to Sport 24. "I didn't feel comfortable. And still the Jackets tried and tried to extend me all season long."

The 30-year-old added that he believes he played his best hockey later in the season because the pressure of playing ahead of the trade deadline had worn off. He went 18-8 from the start of February and allowed just eight goals in the team's first-round sweep of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning.

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