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Video- Everything You Want In A Hockey Game

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

If the Toronto Maple Leafs ever bless their fans with a snowbird series in Florida, the games will be up for grabs and the entertainment value should be off the charts.

Do you enjoy goals? Ten-bell saves?

How about hits? Superstars? Broken records?

Wild shifts in momentum and surprise plot twists?

The Maple Leafs’ wild back-to-back in the Sunshine State featured some high-event, high-octane, high-anxiety hockey.

Call it a potential playoff preview.

Call it a collapse.

Call it a comeback.

Or simply call it a fun night at the rink.

The only thing Toronto’s hectic 7-6 overtime loss to the top-seed Florida Panthers Tuesday did not provide was a dull moment.


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Video- Eventually A Good Goal

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Watch as Florida Panthers forward Patric Hornqvist banks the puck off Ottawa Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg, and after a lengthy review is awarded the goal since the puck full crossed the line in Forsberg's glove.


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Buffalo/Florida Trade

The Panthers are putting Aaron Ekblad on LTIR so they made another move today.

Ekblad is expected back during the first round of the playoffs.


added 1:39pm, Buffalo PR makes it official.

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Montreal Trades Ben Chiarot To Florida

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens general manager, Kent Hughes, announced on Wednesday that defenseman Ben Chiarot has been traded to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Tyler Smilanic, a 1st-round pick in 2023 and a 4th-round pick in 2022 previously acquired from the New York Rangers.

The Canadiens will retain 50% of Chiarot's salary for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Smilanic, a left-handed forward, recorded 22 points (13 goals, 9 assists) in 38 games in his second season with Quinnipiac University in the NCAA. The 6'1'' and 177 lbs centerman ranked second on the team in goals (tied with Oliver Chau). A Denver, CO native, Smilanic was selected in the third round (74th overall) by the Panthers in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Chiarot joined the Canadiens as a free agent, signing a three-year contract on July 4, 2019. The defenseman recorded 46 points in 164 games with Montreal.

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Frank Vatrano Traded To The New York Rangers From The Florida Panthers

NEW YORK, March 16, 2022 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Frank Vatrano from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. The fourth-round pick Florida receives from the Rangers will be the later of the two fourth-round selections the Rangers own (either their own fourth-round pick or Winnipeg’s fourth-round pick).

Vatrano, 28, has recorded 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 49 games and has notched one power play goal with Florida this season. It is the fifth time in his career he has scored 10 or more goals in a season.

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The Florida Panthers Are Wearing A Target On Their Back

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

The Florida Panthers have not been a team that draws attention in a positive way for much of the past 20 years, but times have changed.

The Panthers came into the weekend with the best record in the entire National Hockey League and are looked it — both internally and externally — as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

Their coach would like them to start acting like it a little bit when they go on the road.

“We were flat again and it was a disappointing start,’’ coach Andrew Brunette said following Florida’s 5-3 loss at the hands of the expansion Seattle Kraken on Sunday night.

“It’s the price of being a good team in this league; teams are going to be ready for you, they’re going to come at you hard. We haven’t really, in each of our road games so far, figured that out yet.”

It’s a learning process, going from the hunter to the hunted and the Panthers are going to have to get used to the fact that for teams like the Kraken, beating a team like Florida is a big deal.

It did not used to be this way, obviously.

It is now.


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A Hearing Today For Sam Bennett


Watch the hit below.

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The Florida Panthers Are Legit

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The sun’s shining in Sunrise for the first time in a very long while, much to the credit of Bill Zito, the former player agent and ex-Blue Jackets assistant general manager hired by the Panthers only 15 months ago to replace Dale Tallon as boss.

Now two months into the 2021-22 season, the other NHL team in Florida, the one without back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, has proven it’s no fluke. As the weekend approached, the distant sons of the Miami Rat Pack were lodged atop the league in points percentage (.769) and had lost only four times in regulation — tied with the Capitals for best in show.

“Jarmo had a saying in Columbus,” said Zito, referring to his ex-boss, Jarmo Kekalainen, the former Bruins winger who is the longtime GM of the Blue Jackets, “we value character as a skill.”

Obviously, it takes more than catchy mantras to build a roster and deliver the goods. Zito has proven to be a quick-makeover artist through some masterful roster augmentation, and in part because the Panthers had a number of tantalizing pieces already put in place by Tallon.

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The Goalie Tandem For The Florida Panthers

from Kristen Shilton of ESPN,

Sergei Bobrovsky is feeling philosophical.

The Florida Panthers goaltender is trying to describe what's made him and rookie Spencer Knight so formidable together sharing Florida's crease this season. But how to articulate the unique alliance of a goalie tandem?

Teams match players and hope for the best. Spend over a decade in the NHL like Bobrovsky has, and you churn through a fair share of partners. What he's learned about the best unions is that they strike a fine balance between support and space.

"[Spencer and I] have a good relationship. But also, each of us has our own journey," Bobrovsky told ESPN recently. "We serve the team. We work, we compete and we try to complement the team with the best goaltending. And then each of us has their own life, their own destiny. So you build in that and try to be your own kind of successful every day."

Hey, whatever works. And there's no arguing with the Panthers' results.

Florida opened its season at 10-0-1, the last NHL team without a regulation loss. Bobrovsky was 6-0-0 in that stretch, with a .948 save percentage and 1.72 goals-against average. Knight was right behind him at 4-0-1, .918 and 2.51, respectively.


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Joel Quenneville Should Not Coach Again This Season

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Joel Quenneville’s season should come to an abrupt end on Thursday.

And when it resumes – assuming it resumes – should be in the hands of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Quenneville was coach of the eventual Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks of 2010, and he like general manager Stan Bowman, like senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac, like then team president John McDonough was made aware of the sexual assault allegations against video coach Brad Aldrich.

And all of them chose to look the other way.

Bowman has since resigned or been fired, often there is little difference between the two in professional sports. MacIsaac is out as well as every other front office Blackhawks employee who was part of the team in 2010. Quenneville was the head coach, he worked closest with Aldrich, and he now plays the part of Roger Clemens among witnesses – remembering next to nothing when interviewed by the law firm of Jenner and Block.


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