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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.


added 5:36pm, Panthers release below on hockey op changes.

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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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GIF- Mike Matheson Fined For A High Stick

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Recently Slandered Women Speak Out

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Two of the women victimized in a misogynistic chat that rocked the hockey world this week are saddened and disgusted with what happened to them.

The women agreed to speak with the Winnipeg Sun about the impact it’s had on them, although both said they’re more concerned about other women who suffered even more humiliating treatment than they did.

Chloe Giesbrecht, a 24-year-old Winnipegger, was out on a walk with a friend on Wednesday when she checked her phone and was shocked to find she was being mocked in a group chat on Instagram, led by NHL player Brendan Leipsic, a Winnipegger with the Washington Capitals.

“Thank god I was on a walk with my friend,” Giesbrecht said, Thursday. “The reason I wasn’t so negatively affected is I was with my friend, so she was able to say these are just low-life guys that are getting off on slandering women.

“When I read the other ones, it was so disgusting. Mine was bad, but I feel for the women whose name got brought up numerous times, and especially about their weight.”


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NHL Statement On Comments Made By Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald

NEW YORK (May 6, 2020) – The National Hockey League today released the following statement regarding comments made by Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic and Florida Panthers forward Jack Rodewald:

“The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald in a private group chat that has surfaced on social media. There is no place in our League for such statements, attitudes and behavior, no matter the forum. We will address this inexcusable conduct with the clubs and players involved.”

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Video- Roberto Luongo’s #1 Goes To The Rafters In Sunrise

via Sportsnet,

Watch as Roberto Luongo speaks at his jersey retirement ceremony and has his number 1 lifted to the rafters.


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A Frustrated Dale Tallon On His Florida Panthers

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

As disappointing as the Leafs have been this year, they haven’t been nearly as bad as the Florida Panthers, who are currently chasing Toronto down for third place in the Atlantic Division. Well, chasing might not be the right word in what has become a turtle race for one of the final playoff spots.

At the All-Star Break, both teams were tied with 61 points, though Florida had played two less games. Today, Toronto has a five-point lead with both having played the same number of games.

The most frustrating part for Tallon is how it’s happened. It’s not that the Leafs are running away with the playoff spot — it’s that the Panthers have let it slip from their hands.

“It was there for the taking,” said Tallon at Monday’s GM meetings.

Instead, Florida has played its worst hockey when it needed its best. Since the All-Star Break, the Leafs have gone 8-6-1. That’s a 92-point pace, which wouldn’t have been good enough to qualify for a playoff spot a year ago.


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Florida Trades Vincent Trochek To Carolina

added 10:31am,


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