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Sam Bennett To The Florida Panthers

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Buffalo/Florida Trade Is Official

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Chicago/Florida Trade

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The Goaltending Situation For The Florida Panthers

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The best goalie outside the NHL suddenly isn’t outside the NHL anymore. And just as suddenly, the Florida Panthers’ crease just got a lot more crowded. When the Panthers announced they had signed former Boston College and U.S. World Junior standout Spencer Knight to an entry-level deal Wednesday, it was with the clear intent that he stay with the NHL team the rest of this season.

In fact, don’t be the least bit surprised if Knight, selected 13th overall by the Panthers in 2019, sees NHL action at some point. After signing his contract, the first order of business is for Knight to join the team in Florida, where he’ll likely be placed on the taxi squad. But early indications are that he will not spend any time in the American League this season. He’ll earn a pro-rated portion of his minor league salary of $70,000 on the taxi squad, which will shift to his $835,000 stipend if he is moved to the active roster.

What this means for Florida’s goaltending in the long-term is fairly clear. Sergei Bobrovsky has five years remaining on his deal after this season, but coach Joel Quenneville has not hesitated to play backup Chris Driedger. The same will be the case for Knight, who will ultimately play ahead of Bobrovsky if he proves to be the better option. In the short-term, Driedger, who has been outstanding this season, will not be back in Florida next season. Would the Panthers consider trading Driedger before the April 12 trade deadline in order to make room for Knight? Possibly, but not likely. Driedger’s numbers have actually been superior to Bobrovsky’s this season, although Bobrovsky’s game has picked up after another slow start to the season. I’m told the only way the Panthers would consider trading Driedger is if they receive an offer that is simply too good to refuse. And even if they did that, they would almost certainly go out and get a veteran backup as insurance.

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Spencer Knight Signs His ELC

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Spencer Knight on a three-year, entry-level contract.

"We are thrilled to have agreed to terms on a contract with Spencer," said Zito. "He is an immensely talented and dynamic young goaltender who has been an elite player at every level that he has played. From the collegiate ranks to international tournaments, Spencer has consistently elevated his game, a testament to his work ethic, compete and character. We are excited for him to take the next step in his career with the Panthers and look forward to his future with our club."

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Video- Aaron Ekblad Injury

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Video- Nikita Zadorov With The Hit Of The Night

Heads up Patric Hornqvist.

 

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The Florida Panthers Are “A Really Good Team”

from David Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel,

As they left the ice Saturday afternoon — another win for their season, more heroics for Aleksander Barkov — the Florida Panthers reached a new and exotic destination.

First place.

Not just first place in their division. Not just first place in their conference.

First place in all hockey.

It didn’t matter if it lasted only a few hours as Tampa Bay won later Saturday and leapt two points ahead. Let’s not get bogged down in details. Let’s realize the Panthers had never been in first place this deep in a season. Listen to the voice of a changed team that’s begun resurrecting this wrecked franchise.

“We competed, we were on the right side of the puck, won all the 50-50 [battles] — if you do that over and over, it shows in the standings,’' veteran Patric Hornqvist said after the Panthers’ 2-0 win against Nashville. “You know what? We’re a really good team.”

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The Florida Panthers Continue To Impress

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Panthers woke up Tuesday in first place overall, for the first time since Dec. 28, 1996. The span of 24-plus years (8,844 days, to be exact) between stints atop the NHL, after a minimum of three games, is the longest in league history. Only Detroit, playing as the Motown Dead Wings from 1974-95, went 20 years or more without reaching No. 1 on the charts.

Entering the weekend, Florida hadn’t lost two in a row all season. Captain Aleksander Barkov is a Hart Trophy candidate. Aaron Ekblad is finally living up to his draft billing. Tampa Bay castoff Carter Verhaeghe and backup netminder Chris Driedger have been pleasant surprises.

Vatrano, meanwhile, was one one of six Panthers to hit the 10-goal mark by the midway point of the season. Both of his linemates — rookie Owen Tippett, 22, and Eetu Luostarinen, 22 — were born after the Year of the Rat, but this isn’t a rookie party. Keith Yandle, 34, still has offensive game. Barkov, Ekblad, and Jonathan Huberdeau are each about halfway to 1,000 career games. Hard-to-play-against factor comes from veterans Patric Hornqvist (scoring at a 67-point pace and annoying opponents nightly), Radko Gudas, and Noel Acciari.

If the club’s newly formed department of goaltending excellence, headed by Francois Allaire and Roberto Luongo, can get something out of Sergei Bobrovsky, so much the better. He’s currently a league-average netminder making $10 million. Then again, Bobrovsky might wind up being someone else’s issue. The Panthers have one of the brightest prospects around in Boston College’s Spencer Knight.

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The Florida Panthers Continue To Play Well In Win Over The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Erik Erlendsson at NBC Miami,

Jonathan Huberdeau scored and led a balanced attack that included goals from six players, and the Florida Panthers gained on Central Division-leading Tampa Bay with a 6-4 victory over the Lightning on Monday night.

Florida won two of the three games between the teams in a five-day span and pulled within a point of the Lightning in the standings.

Aleksander Barkov, Anton Stralman, Owen Tipppett, Anthony Duclair and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida, which recorded its first win in Tampa Bay since March 26. 2016, a span of eight games....

“They didn’t do anything, really, to us,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “It was all self-inflicted. Like the first one, self-inflicted. The second one, self-inflicted. We had full control of the puck and we just hand it over to them. The third and fourth one, we turned it over at the blue line, self-inflicted. Terrible.’’

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