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Sergei Bobrovsky Lands In South Florida

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Sergei Bobrovsky met with the Florida Panthers in a private room at a hotel by the beach during the NHL free agent interview period last week.

The sales pitch boiled down to this: Owner Vinnie Viola would spend to the NHL salary cap. The Panthers had a lot of good pieces. Hiring coach Joel Quenneville on April 8 was the first step toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and signing Bobrovsky, a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie, would be the next.

"He's a very, very serious guy and has a plan in place," general manager Dale Tallon said. "He liked what we told him.

"I think Coach Q was probably the clincher."...

The Panthers did not land forward Artemi Panarin, Bobrovsky's former Columbus Blue Jackets teammate, who agreed to a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with the New York Rangers even though he once played for Quenneville with the Chicago Blackhawks.

"That was very close," Tallon said. "It was very realistic. We interviewed him as well and had great talks. He had experience with Coach Q. I just think his heart was set on New York and a big market, and that was fine. We pursued it. We went hard after it."

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Florida Panthers Announce Signing Of Anton Stralman

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Anton Stralman on a three-year contract.

"Anton is a veteran two-way defenseman who plays solid hockey and brings a wealth of experience and leadership to our lineup," said Tallon. "His knowledge of the game and winning mentality will be a valuable asset for our young defensemen."

Stralman, 32, appeared in 47 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, producing 17 points (2-15-17). The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Tibro, Sweden, served as an alternate captain for the Lightning. He has reached the 30-point mark three times in his career and has finished each of his last eight seasons with a plus-rating.

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Regarding The Two High Profile UFAs From Columbus

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James Reimer Headed To Carolina


added 12:05pm, Carolina release is below.

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The Latest UFA Talk

from TSN,

Just six days ago Robin Lehner said he had no plans to talk with any teams other than the New York Islanders during the UFA speaking period, but it appears negotiations between the two sides have not progressed.

According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the two sides are not close on a contract, with a league source adding "Lehner will almost certainly play elsewhere next season."

Staple reports that the Islanders appear to be sticking on a shorter-term deal with a cap hit under $5 million, which is believed to be a non-starter for Lehner....

The Florida Panthers are hoping to be major players in free agency on Monday after reportedly hosting Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky for visits earlier this week.

“We’re confident we’re gonna make our team better and we’re trying to hit some home runs here,” Tallon said, per the Florida Sun Sentinel. “But if we have to hit three singles to score a run, we’ll think about that too, as well. We’re gonna do everything we can to possibly get better and get [Coach Joel Quenneville] the players he needs to get us to the promised land.”

Tallon did not revel which players he has met with on Thursday, but said he believes the visits went well....

more on each of the above plus some Penguins talk...

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Afternoon Line- Dale Tallon

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Roberto Luongo Announces His Retirement

from Roberto Luongo at FloridaPanthers.com,

There's a lot I want to say.

This is one of the toughest decisions I've faced in my life and it took me a long time to make it.

After thinking about it a lot over the past two months and listening to my body, I made up my mind. It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game.

I love the game so much, but the commitment I required to prepare, to keep my body ready, has become overwhelming. Since I had my hip surgery a couple of years ago, I've been showing up two hours before every practice and three hours before every game to work out my hip. Even at night, whether it was the night before a game or even a night off, there I was rolling out, doing strengthening exercises. My entire life revolved around recovery, strengthening and making sure I was ready to go the next day.

I was willing to make that sacrifice because I love the game, I love being part of it, being in the action and competing with my teammates. I was willing to go through it all for my love of hockey.

After this season ended and I had an opportunity to step away, I started thinking about things.


A look at his career is below.

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What Happens If Roberto Luongo Retires?



added 6:08pm, See below for the penaly numbers...

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This Is The Summer Of The Florida Panthers

from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,

“This is our summer,” said Tallon, his GM powers long since fully restored. “This has taken lots of fertilizer and lots of seed, but it’s building to a crescendo.”

The Panthers struck gold in April in landing Joel Quenneville, the second-winningest coach in NHL history and a three-time champion with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He is this club’s Don Shula, its Pat Riley. Within three days of his hiring the Cats saw a spike of more than $500,000 in ticket sales.

“Our players are going to be in for — I don’t want to say rude awakening, but they better be ready,” Tallon said of the man they call Coach Q. “He’s not going to put up with any crap.”

In addition to the massive upgrade in coaching, Florida will have 26 picks in the next three drafts, having added five extra picks through shrewd trades that also saved at least $15 million in salary-cap space. The Cats are expected to think defense first with the 13th overall selection next Thursday, with Philip Broberg from Sweden a popular mock-draft pick for Florida.

Then comes free agency starting July 1, and the Panthers plan to be active “and aggressive in pursuing the top guys,” said Tallon, who has more than $20 million to spend on a couple of premier free agents or perhaps a handful of less expensive ones.


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Hockey Is Relevant In South Florida

from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,

Hockey is back in South Florida. The Florida Panthers are a player in this market again. The team is instantly relevant again. Playoffs? A franchise that has rarely been in them in its history is now thinking higher — Stanley Cup high.

All of that became true Monday because the Cats introduced as their new coach the most accomplished man and proven winner in his profession to join a local team since the Heat got Pat Riley in 1995.

Joel Quenneville — they call him Q — is that big in NHL circles, a three-time champion as a head coach, and the second-winningest coach in the sport’s history. It may not be a household name outside of hockey, but in it he is of a Bill Belichick-type stature.

It cannot be overstated how the Panthers have hit the lottery here, and what’s refreshing is, there were no attempts to modestly downplay anything about the magnitude of this get. After a parade of 15 previous coaches in 25 seasons, Florida finally has found its answer....

It was suggested to Tallon that he’d just found his Riley, or his Don Shula.

“Exactly,” he said, smiling.

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