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Video- Joe Thornton Fined For ‘Slashing’

NEW YORK (Oct. 20, 2021) – Florida Panthers forward Joe Thornton has been fined $1,875, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for slashing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Boris Katchouk during NHL Game No. 42 in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Oct. 19, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.


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Youngsters Star In Florida Panthers Win Over The Tampa Bay Lightning

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

It’s not often that you see a contending NHL team have not one but two rookies perform in a starring role as was the case Tuesday when both Spencer Knight and Anton Lundell helped lead the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Usually if a team has two standout 20-year-olds, that means the team is rebuilding.

Not contending.

Which is what the Panthers are.

A legitimate contender.

With two pretty good rookies.

“They are great,” Florida team captain Sasha Barkov said following the game. “They are special, special players. We’re lucky to have those guys on our team.”

The Panthers played a good game on Tuesday, with Knight getting his first start of the season and pretty much picking up where he left off when we last saw him.

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A Good Day For Aleksander Barkov

 

added 1:55pm, Florida press release is below.

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The Florida Panthers Will Be A Fun Team To Watch

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

Draft pedigree doesn’t always translate into NHL success — right away or even at all — but I can’t ever recall a team being able to ice a top power play unit chock-full of so many high picks than the Florida Panthers can this season.

The first unit, in practice, according to George Richards, consists of Jonathan Huberdeau (third overall, 2011); Aleksander Barkov (second overall, in 2013); plus Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart and Sam Bennett, the first, second and fourth overall choices in 2014.

The first three had NHL success relatively on schedule, the last two took a little longer to find their respective strides. In Bennett’s case, it mostly happened after he landed with the Panthers in a trade deadline deal with Calgary and developed instant chemistry with Huberdeau. Even strength, it looks as if Barkov and Reinhart will get to play together. After that, coach Joel Quenneville has options to mix and match any number of possible candidates, including Anthony Duclair, Carter Verhaeghe and possibly even a youngster such as Owen Tippett eventually in the top six.

The Panthers look as if they’ll be a fun team to watch this year if the goaltending holds up.

And as I ponder that last sentence, I realize, they actually could be more fun to watch if the goaltending doesn’t hold up, because that’ll force them to get into a bunch of old school, run-and-gun shootouts; and they have the talent now to potentially win, even playing that brand of hockey.

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Joe Thornton Signs With The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has signed forward Joe Thornton to a one-year contract.

"With more than 1,600 games played in the NHL, Joe will bring a wealth of experience to our locker room and lineup," said Zito. "His drive to succeed is unmistakable and we are thrilled that he chose to sign with our club and that he believes in what we are building here in South Florida."

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Florida Sends Anton Stralman To Arizona

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Sam Bennett Signing Is Official In Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has re-signed forward Sam Bennett to a four-year contract.

"Sam's impact on our club this past season was seen immediately, injecting physicality, skill and energy into our lineup," said Zito. "We are thrilled to have him in our Panthers lineup and look forward to what he can bring to our offense in the upcoming 2021-22 season."

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Sam Reinhart Trade From Buffalo To Florida Is Official

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Keith Yandle Has Been Bought Out By The Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has bought out the contract of defenseman Keith Yandle . The buyout is in accordance with the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Keith for all that he's contributed to the Florida Panthers organization and to the South Florida community over the past five seasons," said Zito. "While a decision of this kind is never an easy one to make, we believe that this shift is necessary as we look towards the 2021-22 season and our club's future."

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The Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner Is Aleksander Barkov

NEW YORK (June 18, 2021) – Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers is the 2020-21 recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Barkov was named on 92 of the 100 ballots, including 62 first-place selections, for 780 voting points, ahead of second-place Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, a Selke finalist for an unprecedented 10th consecutive year and with a record-tying four Selke wins. Bergeron received 15 first-place votes in accumulating 522 points. Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights, a Selke finalist for the second time in three seasons, finished third in voting with 463 points (11 first-place selections).

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