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Video- Training With Aaron Ekblad

It's slow, very slow so how about doing some off-season training with Aaron Ekblad.


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Evening Line- Pekka Jalonen

“My opinion is that NHL is stupid and greedy. NHL has a great chance to promote the game and asking money for practice makes people angry. Tickets for the games are expensive so practices should be free.”

-Finnish journalist Pekka Jalonen on the NHL charging to watch the Winnipeg Jets and Florica Panthers practice while in Finland.  Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun has more.

Below, the press release on this topic the NHL sent out earlier today.

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All Dale Tallon

from Jameson Olive of FloridaPanthers.com,

OLIVE: I've talked to several players this summer who told me how excited they were that the team was able to make improvements without sacrificing any of the key contributors to last season's success. For yourself, how important was it to add without subtracting?

TALLON: After what's happened the past few years, and given the history of this franchise, Vinnie [Panthers owner Vincent Viola] and I believe that we have to build this stability. That's something that we focused on this offseason, and I think we did a really nice job. We added to our current roster without really disrupting anything, as far as consistency and stability.

OLIVE: With Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad and Evgenii Dadonov all coming off career-best seasons, do you believe that bringing in Hoffman now gives the Panthers one of the best top-six forward groups in the league?

TALLON: Well, I think we're deeper, obviously. We have speed and scoring ability. I think it's a good mix. If a couple of our young guys that also have speed and offensive ability are able to have good camps and make our team, that'll give us nine forwards that can score. That makes it even better for us. The end goal is to have all of our lines be productive and make it difficult for opposing teams to play against.

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San Jose Sharks Trade Mike Hoffman To The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have acquired forward Mike Hoffman and a 2018 seventh round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Florida's 2019 second round pick, 2018 fourth round pick and 2018 5th round pick.

"Mike is a skilled, consistent and hard-working player who has proven himself to be a talented goal scorer in the NHL," said Tallon. "His speed, experience and offensive abilities will bolster our top-six group."

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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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