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Evening Line- Pat Maroon

First time the two Florida teams will meet in the playoffs.

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A Look At Spencer Knight

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

The NHL is a league of time-tested traditions, and one of the players' favorites is the rookie solo lap. Last week, before Florida Panthers goalie Spencer Knight made his NHL debut, it was his turn.

"Usually guys are excited, pumped up, going full speed," said former NHL goaltender Roberto Luongo, who now oversees the Panthers' Goaltending Excellence department. "I was watching Spencer, and he was just like strolling around the rink. Casual."

After the game -- in which the 20-year-old Knight stopped 33 shots in a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets -- Luongo went down to congratulate the rookie in the locker room.

"I was talking to him for a couple minutes, asking him, 'So, how do you feel? Were you nervous?'" Luongo said. "And he was like, 'Oh, no, I was good.'"

Luongo laughed recalling the moment. "I mean, my first game I was so nervous I could barely hold it in," said the 42-year-old, who ranks third all time among NHL goaltenders with 489 wins. "But Spencer was like, 'I just told myself to enjoy the game, and I did.' ... I was like, oh my God, this is great."

Hype and hoopla have surrounded Knight ever since he played for Avon Old Farms prep school as a first-year student.

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Video- Radko Gudas Being Radko Gudas

No penalty on the play.

 

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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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added 12:54pm, Chicago relese is below.

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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

Watch the injury below.

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Video- Nikita Zadorov With The Hit Of The Night

Heads up Patric Hornqvist.

 

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