| Oct 9, 2014
| 8:05 PM
Earlier this week defenseman Erik Gudbranson said that the season opener against the Lightning would be a good time to send a message to the league and their cross-state rivals that they weren't the same old Panthers.
Well, make it a memo with an...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 2:26 PM
The Panthers finished 29th in the 30-team NHL and were near the bottom in all of the vital categories such as special teams, goals against and goals for last season
So as General Manager Dale Tallon said at the start of training camp, the Panthers "have...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 4:35 PM
Roberto Luongo said he didn't come back to South Florida for an extended vacation.
He's here on a second tour with the Florida Panthers and said things are going to be different this time.
South Florida has become the NHL's home of the longest summer as...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Based on the days of practices at the U.S. Military Academy, the Florida Panthers' projected lines for Thursday's opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning will have Aleksander Barkov centering Jonathan Huberdeau and Jussi Jokinen; Nick Bjugstad centering...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 6:26 PM
In a surprise, emotional ceremony held at the top of Mt. Thorne Monday afternoon, Panthers coach Gerard Gallant named veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell the eighth captain in franchise history.
It was after a grueling team hike on a sun-splashed day at...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 7:10 PM
If the revamped Panthers were looking for a confidence-building win in their final preseason game Saturday night at Amalie Arena, they need to search elsewhere.
Perhaps they'll find some chemistry, cohesiveness and confidence over the next three days at...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 2:22 PM
Generally, there's not much rough stuff in preseason games, as there's a bit of an unspoken agreement between coaches and players to lay off the fighting and cheap hits.
Apparently, Shawn Thornton, the Panthers latest enforcer-type forward, didn't get...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 8:43 PM
Several young players are running out of time to show the Panthers' braintrust that they deserve one of the few roster spots available to start the season, but at least they know they will have jobs in the minors.
Not so for veteran defenseman Shane O'...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 3:32 PM
For the second straight preseason game the Panthers fell in a shootout, this time 2-1 to the Predators Saturday afternoon in the first game of a split-squad doubleheader.
Craig Smith and Derek Roy scored in the shootout against Panthers minor leaguer...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 8:07 PM
When the Panthers signed goalie Al Montoya on July 1, General Manager Dale Tallon made it crystal clear that he would be Roberto Luongo's backup this season.
That meant that veteran goalie Dan Ellis, 34, who's expecting to begin his 11th NHL season,...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:21 AM
The Panthers may have lost their preseason opener 4-3 in a shootout to the Dallas Stars but there was plenty of good to come out of it.
Of the young players who stood out I was impressed with the progress made by speedy wing Quinton Howden, who was...