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Video- Chicago Welcomes Back Joel Quenneville




added 9:25pm, Official video below.

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Video- One Hot Noel Acciari


Watch tonight's goals from Acciari below.

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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."


Watch their season preview below.

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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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