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Joe Thornton Signs With The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has signed forward Joe Thornton to a one-year contract.

"With more than 1,600 games played in the NHL, Joe will bring a wealth of experience to our locker room and lineup," said Zito. "His drive to succeed is unmistakable and we are thrilled that he chose to sign with our club and that he believes in what we are building here in South Florida."

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Florida Sends Anton Stralman To Arizona

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Sam Bennett Signing Is Official In Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has re-signed forward Sam Bennett to a four-year contract.

"Sam's impact on our club this past season was seen immediately, injecting physicality, skill and energy into our lineup," said Zito. "We are thrilled to have him in our Panthers lineup and look forward to what he can bring to our offense in the upcoming 2021-22 season."

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Sam Reinhart Trade From Buffalo To Florida Is Official

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Keith Yandle Has Been Bought Out By The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has bought out the contract of defenseman Keith Yandle . The buyout is in accordance with the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Keith for all that he's contributed to the Florida Panthers organization and to the South Florida community over the past five seasons," said Zito. "While a decision of this kind is never an easy one to make, we believe that this shift is necessary as we look towards the 2021-22 season and our club's future."

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The Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner Is Aleksander Barkov

NEW YORK (June 18, 2021) – Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers is the 2020-21 recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Barkov was named on 92 of the 100 ballots, including 62 first-place selections, for 780 voting points, ahead of second-place Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, a Selke finalist for an unprecedented 10th consecutive year and with a record-tying four Selke wins. Bergeron received 15 first-place votes in accumulating 522 points. Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights, a Selke finalist for the second time in three seasons, finished third in voting with 463 points (11 first-place selections).

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Morning Line- Luke Fox

If Bill Zito was the general manager who signed Sergei Bobrovsky to his massive contract, and if head coach Joel Quenneville wasn’t one of the most powerful coaches in the game, no way $70-million investment the two-time Vezina winner is a healthy scratch for back-to-back elimination games.

This is an embarrassing situation. And in a flat-cap world with cost-effective Spencer Knight here, it’s difficult to see a way out.

Yes, GMs can buy players out or attach incentive and trade bad contracts.

For example, Toronto’s Kyle Dubas gave Carolina a first-round pick to take one year of Patrick Marleau’s paperwork off his hands.

What’s the going rate to take five years and $46.5 million in real dollars owed ($19.5 million of which is signing bonuses) for a goalie with a .906 save percentage?

Luke Fox of Sportsnet who has more weekly observations...

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Future Is Bright For The Florida Panthers

from Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentnel,

It was a good series, a fun series — a season in a series, really. Game 1′s thriller was a reason to fall in love with hockey. Down 2-0, if the Panthers continued quickly out the door they’d have squandered all the good edge and positive energy of their regular season.

Even pulling to within 2-1, there were lingering questions about what it all meant. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was benched, then returned — and then was benched again in Game 4. He’s never played like the goalie with the NHL’s richest contract.

That money looked to weigh down the offseason, and maybe the next season or two, with five years left on a $70 million deal.

And then Game 5 happened.

Rookie Spencer Knight’s performance didn’t just make Bobrovsky’s story a secondary concern — one more for General Manager Bill Zito to solve this offseason than anything else. If possible. If someone wants to take that contract.

As it is, Knight became the future of the franchise. It seems crazy to anoint him that after he’s only played six NHL games. But sometimes you know. Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson needed two weeks of summer practice to make a fifth-round pick in Zach Thomas his middle linebacker and cut the veteran Jack Del Rio. Jack McKeon took one September of Miguel Cabrera and said, “He’s in the lineup for as long as I’m here.”

Knight looks to be that guy.


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Playoff Goalie Issues May Be Solved By Spencer Knight

from George Richards is Florida Hockey Now,

The Panthers can only hope so.

Knight was fantastic, as you may have heard on Monday night. After giving up a goal on Tampa Bay’s first shot of the night (off a 2-on-1 due to botched defensive coverage), Knight settled in and stopped the Lightning’s next 36 offerings.

Once you let one in you kind of just reset and you’re like, ‘Alright, this is how it’s going to go, can’t do anything to change it so let’s just go play now,'” Knight said. “That’s how it was. It was a good goal by them, great play, but I just tried to recover. Just smile and have fun.”

The kid from Connecticut went from playing in the NCAA tournament with the Boston College Eagles — he was named the school’s male athlete of the year — to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

He got his first playoff game under his belt Monday night but Wednesday will be his first in enemy territory. Amalie Arena is going to be rocking for Game 6. Are the Panthers worried their goalie can handle that pressure?

“You don’t see any nervousness on him,’’ Sasha Barkov said. “He’s a special kid. You don’t see that often. He’s so young, he’s so confident, technically really good. I could be here until tomorrow if you want me to say everything about Spencer. He’s just great.”

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Videos- With The Tampa Bay Lightning Up 6-2 With Nine Minutes Left In The Final Period

The Florda Panthers decided to send a message.


Then more of the same below.

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