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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Disappointment in Florida

It did not help the Panthers that Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Nick Bjugstad were among the players who missed big chunks of time this season because of injuries. Still, injuries do not excuse a collective step back for a team that looked like it was going to sprint the other way. Aaron Ekblad was among the bigger disappointments, losing some of the blue-line presence and consistency that he showed in his first two NHL seasons. Ekblad was not done any favors by his coach, however, who acknowledged rushing the defenseman back from a concussion. Tom Rowe, who doubles as the GM, is considered an interim coach. The Panthers will be on the hunt for a permanent replacement behind the bench.

Quickening the pace

When it comes to game flow, one area that seems easy to target is post-icing play. Coaches encourage their players to try every trick in the book — feign confusion over who was on the ice, skate slowly to the other end, fidget with their equipment — to gain a few additional seconds to catch their breath. As soon as the linesmen are ready to drop the puck, they should do so, regardless of whether the icing team is set. Uncontested faceoffs and subsequent scoring chances would get every coach’s attention.

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Morning Line- Shawn Thornton On Alexei Emelin


Below, watch a questionable hit from Emelin last night...

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Video- When Is High Sticking Not High Sticking?

When the puck hits the guy in the head and not a stick from the opposition.

First a penalty, they huddled, still a penalty, they huddled again, no penalty.


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Florida Panthers CEO And President On The Season

from CBS Miami,

Florida Panthers President and CEO, Matthew Caldwell joined the Big O Show with Zach Krantz on 560 WQAM to discuss Florida’s back to back losses in Buffalo and Toronto, some of the upcoming events at the BB&T Center during Panthers games and the team’s search for a new head coach.

On the season so far- “Last year it felt like everything was going right for us and now this year it felt like everything went wrong.”

On tweaking the roster- “The fans are smart so you have to really look inside and make sure you’re making the right moves. With locking up the young guys, we tried our hardest to make this team competitive. It’s just about winning now. We want people to have a good experience. This season, it’s been tough. We’ve had flashes of brilliance this season.”

On the coaching search- “We said Tom Rowe would be the coach until the end of the season. We’ve had a lot of noise in the season this year. We want to get through the last six of games but rest assure we’ll make all announcements at the end of the year.”

listen to the thirteen minute interview...

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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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