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All Roberto Luongo

from Chuck Gormley at ESPN,

ESPN.com: When you look at the way the game has changed since you arrived in the NHL, in 1999, do you think it was better then or now?

Luongo: It's definitely better now. It's a faster game. Everything is done at high speed. If you look at game tapes from 15 or 20 years ago, the pace was nothing like it is today. You don't just have one or two superstars. There are a lot of players who can play now. A lot of guys have talent and are better conditioned.

The game has evolved a lot, and I've seen it in the goaltending position too. The way I played 15 years ago is not the same as how I play now. It's a position that continues to evolve, and what's important to me is that I develop as the game changes and not be stuck in the way I played back in the day.

ESPN.com: How is your game most different?

Luongo: When I was younger, I was a lot more serious. Now I try to enjoy it more and take it all in....


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Video Morning Line- Aaron Ekblad

via Mathew DeFranks of the Sun Sentinel,

“There’s a lot of problems,” he said. “We’re making the wrong mistakes, mistakes that we talk about day-in and day-out that we should improve on. We shouldn’t be making the same mistakes over and over again.”

“Got to have your defenders, all of us, with a chip on our shoulder,” Ekblad said. “Every time Steven Stamkos touches the puck, I want to be better than him. Every time Kucherov touches the puck, you got to make their lives miserable. They might not like it. It might not be the friendly thing to do. I’m sure all those guys hate me right about now. I hope that’s the case after a game like this.

“We got to play a hell of a lot harder, make it impossible for those guys to get a sniff — on any team. Any team’s best lines, we got to make sure they don’t get a sniff. We got to be reliable enough that all six of us can play against those top lines. We haven’t been.”

Below, watch Ekblad, Bob Boughner, Aleksander Barkov and James Reimer post-game plus the game highlights of Florida's 8-5 loss to Tampa Bay.

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Antti Niemi Claimed By The Florida Panthers

added 12:06pm,


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Mike Matheson Extension Is Official

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today the club has signed defenseman Mike Matheson to an eight-year contract extension.

"Mike is an important part of our team's young core and we are thrilled that he has decided to remain a Panther for the long-term," said Tallon. "He is a dynamic and intelligent defenseman with impeccable character and work ethic. Mike has developed into a difference maker on our blue line and will be an important player and leader for the Panthers for many years to come."

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An Eight-Year Deal For Michael Matheson In Florida

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A Look At Aaron Ekblad

from Matthew DeFranks of the Sun Sentinel,

Inside Aaron Ekblad, there is a duality that exists in a league like the NHL. The Florida Panthers defenseman is 21 years old, a certifiable youngster who turned the drinking age in February and shed his teenager label the yar before. But he’s also entering his fourth season in Florida, a veteran in some ways, having gone through the Calder Trophy-winning rookie season, the euphoria of the franchise’s best year before the crash of last season.

On the ice, Ekblad is one of Florida’s best and most important players. He’s the No. 1 pick from 2014 that enters the first year of his eight-year, $60-million extension this season. He’s the face of the franchise, even with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck and Roberto Luongo still around.

Off the ice is where the conflict between being 21 years old and a fourth-year professional appears. His friends growing up are going to school instead of making nine figures. They’re not in the NHL. He is, so he changed his summer routine after his season prematurely ended due to head injuries.

Ekbald changed his diet to slim down, and said he separated himself a bit from his friends. He said he was selling his house back home in Windsor, Ontario, and that he would be spending summers in South Florida from now on.


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Arizona Trades Jamie McGinn To Florida For Jason Demers

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired defenseman Jason Demers from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn.

"We are very pleased to add Jason to our blueline corps," said Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka. "Jason is a skilled right-handed shot defenseman who moves the puck well and has good offensive ability. He will be a great addition to our team." 

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The Florida Panthers Heading North To Avoid Hurricane Irma

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

A number of Florida Panthers players have been in South Florida preparing for their upcoming season.

On Friday, a good many of them will jet out of the path of a Category 5 hurricane.

The Panthers chartered a plane to shuttle players, staff members and their families to Boston.

The team is paying for the flight and could open training camp in Springfield, Massachusetts, next week depending on the extent of the damage in and around Broward County.


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Sad News Today, Bryan Murray Has Passed Away



added 1:46pm, Ottawa release is below...

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Video- The Florida Panthers Completed Their Fantasy Broadcast Camp

from Peter Rossi of FloridaPanthers.com,

On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers hosted their second annual broadcast camp, giving young Panthers fans an inside look at sports broadcasting and what goes on behind-the-scenes at an NHL game.

With Panthers radio and television personalities like Steve Goldstein, Randy Moller and Doug Plagens in attendance, campers took part in numerous entertainment-centric activities, including on-camera segments, hands-on work and instruction, public address announcing and radio play-by-play.

"Seeing the kids come out and being as dedicated and committed to doing what we do for a living, it brings back memories. It is a great thing that the Panthers do," said Panthers television broadcaster Steve Goldstein.



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