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Why Florida Won The Erik Gudbranson Trade

from Travis Yost of TSN,

To recap: the Panthers acquired 2014 first-round pick Jared McCann and two 2016 draft picks (a second and fourth-rounder) in exchange for Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick....

Let’s not forget that Florida added a 19-year-old centre and upgraded their fifth-round pick to a second-round pick and fourth-round pick. The incremental value in that pick swap in and of itself is big. Add in a productive young player who has already exhibited himself as a competent bottom-six talent and is locked in on a team-friendly $894,000 deal through 2017-18, and you have a great transaction.

Truthfully, it’s difficult to see what Vancouver sees in this deal. If the prize is Gudbranson, well, the prize is something like a third-pairing defender. And the premium they paid – a legitimate prospect and multiple picks – is, in a word, inexplicable.

Call it like it is: Florida took advantage of a team who egregiously misvalued a defenceman to once again win a trade in striking fashion. 

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A One-Year Deal For Erik Gudbranson In Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Erik Gudbranson. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have signed Erik,” Tallon said. “He is an important part of our young core who has continued to develop into a reliable, physical presence on our blue line and a strong leader in our locker room.”

The 24-year old Gudbranson recorded nine points (2-7-9) in 64 games with Florida this season and played in all six 2016 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Panthers. The 6-foot-5, 216-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario has played in 309 NHL games all with Florida, recording 43 points (11-32-43) and 346 penalty minutes.

“I’m very excited for another year with the Panthers,” Gudbranson said. “We took great strides last season as a team and our group can only improve upon the success we had. It’s a great time for the organization and I look forward to getting back on the ice with the team.”

via George Richards tweets,

Hearing Erik Gudbranson's one-year deal with #FlaPanthers worth $3.5 million; team plans on starting extension talks after Jan. 1.

@FlaPanthers said to still be in the running for free agent winger Alexsander Radulov...he would bring offense, they think he's a good fit.

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Videos- Two Big, Clean, Open Ice Hits From Players Named Erik Last Night

First up, Erik Gudbranson on Teuvo Teravainen...

 

 

Below, Erik Karlsson on Nick Leddy...

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Video- Head Shot Or Not From Gudbranson?

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Fehr immediately went to the Capitals’ dressing room with 16:16 gone in the second period, but after passing the SCAT2 evaluation test that is required by the NHL’s concussion protocol, the winger returned to the game in the third period.

“I don’t know what his intent was exactly, I haven’t seen the replay so I’m not going to comment on that. It didn’t feel good,” Fehr said. “That was a close call, definitely. It definitely stung me. I think I dodged a bullet there.”

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

General manager Dale Tallon and coach Peter Horachek said they didn't think Gudbranson lead with his elbow. Tallon says he will speak with the NHL's Brendan Shanahan about getting the match penalty rescinded.

Since Gudbranson was slapped with a match penalty on April 11 for a hit on Bryan Little, he could be suspended for Friday's hit. If Shanahan pulls back the match designation, Gudbranson may be able to play.

"There's no elbow, it's to his side and [Fehr] got hit in the chest first,'' Horachek said. "We'll leave it to [the NHL] to look at it. .-.-. Right now all our guys are playing well. You don't want to change anything, don't want to lose anyone especially under those circumstances.''

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Watch the hit below...

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First Thomas, then Backstrom, Nash and Hartnell

As Paul noted, Tim Thomas appeared to tweak his groin or some othe part of his "lower body" in the Florida Panthers' 2-1 loss to Philly on Tuesday, and while I was preparing to have my beard trimmed for the first time in six years, Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun notes that Niklas Backstrom got dinged in the Wild's 3-2 loss to Nashville...

[T]he Minnesota Wild are reporting that netminder Niklas Backstrom is done for the night due to a similar problem.

Backstrom lasted just 11:14 minutes against the Nashville Predators and surrendered two goals on five shots. He sustained the injury when Nashville forward Eric Nystrom crashed into him and seemed to accidentally jam Backstrom’s leg against the post.

TSN's Bob McKenzie noted that Rick Nash left what is currently the Rangers' 7-2 loss to San Jose after getting hit high and hard by Brad Stuart...

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Video- Major Boarding Call On Erik Gudbranson For Hit On Martin Erat

Gudbranson received a five minute major for boarding, a ten and game misconduct.

Erat was questionable for a return.

First the Washington broadcast and below watch the Florida broadcast...

 

 

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Video- Staying In The Show

Panthers rookie defenseman Erik Gudbranson received the word in practice today that he will be staying with Florida.

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Would The Panthers Move Gudbranson?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Things would look far sunnier in Sunrise, Fla., this morning had flashy prospect Erik Gudbranson signed his entry-level deal in September and joined the likes of soft-and-skilled Dennis Wideman and Bryan McCabe on the Panthers’ back line.

Gudbranson, the No. 3 pick in the June draft, returned to Kingston (OHL) after the Panthers balked at sweetening his deal with maximum bonus clauses. Now they are on course for a 10th straight postseason DNQ and could really use Gudbranson’s grit.

Some NHL clubs might have opted to select the 6-4, 195-pound Gudbranson as high as No. 2 overall. What happens next? In all likelihood, the Panthers give the kid the max dough prior to 2011-12 and he’s in uniform next October.

However, he is such a stud that some clubs, possibly the Bruins, are expected to approach Florida GM Dale Tallon about prying away Gudbranson’s rights this season, possibly tossing the Panthers a roster player now and swapping first-round picks.

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Once Hot, the Lightning/Panthers “Rivalry” Needs a Serious Spark

The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning share a home state, divisional alignment and the perks of leaving their home rinks to 80 degree-plus temperatures on the regular.

Their tenure as National Hockey League member franchises is nearly identical as well, with Tampa entering the league for the 1992-93 season and Florida one year later.

But you won’t find much evidence of a rivalry when speaking to current players from these clubs and, from members of the organizations of years gone by, what once sounded like legitimate hostilities have either fizzled into forced assertions or a longing for the good ol’ days.

It can’t hold a candle to the long-standing, emotionally charged levels of Calgary/Edmonton, Boston/Montreal or Colorado/Detroit.

It’s not likely to ever split households, a la Islanders/Rangers or Canadiens/Maple Leafs.

And, though both teams have had their share of supreme talents over the years, the odds of a superstar-driven rivalry, as in Ovechkin-Crosby/Capitals-Penguins, between the Lightning and Panthers are poor.

But there has to be something there still, right?

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Panthers Can’t Reach Agreement With Gudbranson

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel,

In a surprising turn the Panthers could not come to terms on an entry-level contract for 18-year-old Erik Gudbranson, the overall third pick of the draft, his agent Mark Guy confirmed in a text.

Panthers coach Pete DeBoer has raved about the 6-foot-4 Gudbranson from day one. He was outstanding throughout the preseason in which he played all six games.

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Facing a Decade Without the Playoffs, Florida’s Rebuild Goes On and On

Futility in Sunrise has persisted for far too long, with the Florida Panthers on the brink of a dubious record after nine consecutive non-playoff seasons. Incoming general manager Dale Tallon has moved quickly in putting his stamp on the team with several transactions since taking over, but nothing to this point appears bold enough to turn his club from last season’s Southeast Division cellar dwellers into a postseason participant.

Sadly, more patience may be in order for long-suffering Panthers fans.

Even so, all is not lost for the NHL’s southernmost franchise, with several key pieces already in place for the future (and others right around the corner) and it isn’t as though the current roster is without talent as is. Still, a couple of major stumbling points remain for the Panthers. The 24 games they will play versus fellow Southeast clubs, three of whom look to be vastly improved and the fourth being the stalwart Washington Capitals, certainly won’t help and the expiring contracts for defenseman Bryan McCabe and goaltender Tomas Vokoun will have to be dealt with (and quite possibly dealt altogether), without either situation becoming a distraction.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Offense from the Defense

In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.

(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)

Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!

It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.

Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).

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