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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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Video- Vincent Trochek’s Goal With 4.6 Ticks Left Gives The Panthers 5 Consecutive Wins

As you can see, Jake Allen had a tough time picking up the puck.



Below is a video of the goal....

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A West Coast Sweep Puts The Florida Panthers In A Playoff Position

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Roberto Luongo has been through this before.

So, too, have his teammates.

Yeah, the Florida Panthers are back in the thick of a playoff race.

By virtue of beating the host Los Angeles Kings 3-2 early Sunday morning at Staples Center, the Panthers took over third place in the Atlantic Division and the playoff spot that comes with it.

The win over the Kings — Florida's first in L.A. since 2002 — marked the Panthers fourth consecutive victory and seventh in their past eight games.

The Panthers left California with a three-game sweep of the Sharks, Ducks and Kings for the first time in franchise history with the five-game road trip ending Monday in St. Louis.


Watch the game highlights below...

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Video- Josh Manson Hit On Reilly Smith

No penalty on the play.

Steve Goldstein and Denis Potvin with the call...


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