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Tom Rowe Still Hot After Loss To The Sabres

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Florida Panthers coach Tom Rowe was still unhappy about 18 hours after he felt his players weren’t, “mentally or physically,’’ prepared in a deflating 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and warned them against a similar effort in the final seven games of the regular season.

Even though the majority of the Panthers’ young core has long-term contracts, Rowe said while they may not be playing for jobs in the NHL, they are playing for a possible change of address.

“Just because guys don’t have contracts, doesn’t mean they can’t get traded either,” Rowe said before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. “They got to perform. Last night was unacceptable. We beat Chicago 7-0 playing good, then we got into Buffalo for a very, very big game and we come up with a 4-2 loss and they didn’t compete the way they were supposed to.

“At the end of the day, contracts are great. We did it for salary-cap reasons, but it doesn’t mean guys are going to retire [with the Panthers] if they keep playing like they did.”


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Video- Jaromir Jagr Out With A Lower-Body Injury


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Consider The Florida Panthers Done After Their Loss To The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

“They [basically] have nine guys up from the AHL,” Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said. “They played a very simple and effective game. We responded in spurts, but I thought we would’ve gone to the net a little more.”

For the first time this season, Rowe and his players were talking about playing for pride as they remain six points behind idle Toronto for the final wild-card playoff berth with 11 games remaining. They’d also have to leap over the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay.

“[Playing for pride is] the mentality we’re going to have to have the rest of the way,” Rowe added. “We’re not mathematically eliminated, but we’re in a hole for sure.”

more on the loss to the Penguins...

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Video- The Pittsburgh Penguins Pay Tribute To Jaromir Jagr

Nice touch.




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The Florida Panthers Should Shut Down Aaron Ekblad For The Season

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Even if the Panthers squeaked into the post-season, they’d likely do so as a No. 8 seed and secure a date with the Washington Capitals or Pittsburgh Penguins. Florida won’t challenge for the Stanley Cup this year, no matter what. So why even consider bringing Ekblad back this season?

Ekblad has as many concussions as seasons played in the NHL so far in his career, and that should terrify the Panthers. He’s a stud. He had one of the most productive starts to a career ever for a teenage defenseman. His third season, though, stands out as his weakest to date. The Panthers have to hope the head and neck injuries aren’t starting to take their toll already and affect his play, especially when they’ve invested eight seasons at a $7.5-million cap hit for his services, paying him through to unrestricted free agency in 2024-25.

If Panthers are smart, they’ve learned from Lindros and understand how little they have to gain bringing Ekblad back this season. They have a hell of a lot to lose if they take a chance on reinserting him. 


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Playoff Chances Slipping Away For The Florida Panthers

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers may technically be in the hunt for a playoff spot and are just a few points back of being part of Stanley Cup chase next month.

It just doesn’t feel like it right now.

On Tuesday, it sure didn’t look like it.

Florida’s downward spiral continued in ugly fashion Tuesday as the New York Rangers ran out to a three-goal lead and handed the Panthers yet another home loss — this one 5-2 at BB&T Center.

The Panthers, who for big portions of the night didn’t look like they wanted to be on the ice, have lost six of their past seven home games.

Florida is a meager 1-5-1 (getting three of an available 14 points in the standings) since getting South Florida excited about their playoff chances with a 5-0 Western trip.

Feels like last year, not last month.


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Olli Jokinen Officially Retiring From Hockey

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers will be signing former captain Olli Jokinen to an honorary contract with the club and will officially announce his retirement from professional hockey as a member of the Florida Panthers.

"Olli is an important player in the history of the Panthers franchise and he remains a fan favorite," said Tallon. "We are proud to give Olli the opportunity to retire as a Panther and we congratulate him on a long, successful and productive National Hockey League career."

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Roberto Luongo Out At Least A Week

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

On Thursday, both teams came out hard charging with Luongo making 13 saves before leaving after the first period with what the team said is a “lower body” injury believed to be related to the hip injury which needed surgery following last season.

Luongo alluded to such and injury in an interview with the Miami Herald on Sunday and aggravated it during the first period.

Luongo looked to be in pain as he pulled himself off the ice yet finished the final 5:28 of the first — including killing off Philadelphia’s 5-on-3 chance during that period.

Coach and general manager Tom Rowe said Luongo would be out a week although it could be longer than that.

more on the Panthers shootout loss to the Flyers...

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All Dale Tallon

This weekend, Jameson Olive of FloridaPanthers.com's sat down with Tallon at the BB&T Center to get his thoughts on Florida's current lineup and what trades, if any, the club will look to consummate ahead of the NHL's trade deadline on Wednesday, March 1.

FloridaPanthers.com: Now that the Panthers have clawed their way right back into the thick of the playoff picture, what sort of moves, if any, can fans expect at this year's trade deadline?

Tallon: We're looking and listening to everything.

There's not too much going on for us right now. There are too many teams still involved, believing they have a shot [at the playoffs]. With few teams selling, there's a trickledown effect and the prices are high. We're not going to mortgage our future just to get a Band-Aid.

We like our team, we have a very good team and the team is playing very well. For us to move forward (on a potential trade), it has to make a lot of sense. It can't disrupt the chemistry of our team, which is terrific. And it has to be a fair deal that doesn't have a negative effect on our future.

FloridaPanthers.com: This year's playoff race seems to be especially tight as we approach the final of stretch. From your perspective, what kind of effect will this have on the trade deadline?

Tallon: There are still 27 or 28 teams that have a chance to make the playoffs.

I think the combination of that - and what might happen in the expansion draft in June - has made teams reluctant to take on long-term deals because they might have to protect that player and lose another player they have a better liking for.

We're in a good position though and we've talked to a lot of teams. There are some deals that might make sense and others that don't....

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Afternoon Line- Roberto Luongo

“It has been a battle the last little while. I’m glad we have a guy like Reimer here who is able to step in and do the job.

“Right now I don’t deserve to be playing. That’s the bottom line. For me, everything is about the team and us winning games. James Reimer gives us a better chance to win every night than I am. Until I figure my [game] out this is the way it should go I think.”

-Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers after today's morning skate.  George Richards of the Miami Herald has more from Luongo.

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