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Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (51) / 9/2/1963
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190
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The Florida Panthers held tryouts on Monday for the chance to serve as the team's backup practice goalie for a day.
Florida lost Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya to injury during a March 3 game against Toronto, which inspired the competition. They received more than 1,500 applications from 42 states and 15 countries. Bill Ruggiero and Dustin Smith will battle it out in a shootout during the first intermission on Tuesday night when the Panthers host Montreal. Mar 17 - 9:22 AM

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Florida didn't make any moves on trade deadline day.

"We looked at certain possibilities with certain teams for certain players," GM Dale Tallon. "We knew going into today it would be a quiet day. We like the position we're in. Obviously, we were looking to see if we could help our offense but it's hard to do." The Panthers did manage to bring in Jaromir Jagr last week without disrupting team chemistry, so they didn't come up empty-handed.
Mar 3 - 10:09 AM

Gerard Gallant wasn't pleased with his team's effort in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Ottawa.

"I didn’t like our game at all. We didn’t play well at all, we didn’t work hard, we didn’t compete hard, and it was the longest night for me behind the Florida bench this year," Gallant said. "We had a few chances in the first period, and I thought Ottawa played well and they moved the puck, but we didn’t have any work ethic, and I thought we played a real poor game." With a win, the Panthers would have pulled one point ahead of the Boston Bruins for the final Wild Card spot in the East.
Feb 22 - 12:14 PM

Panthers GM Dale Tallon would like to add a scoring winger, but right now he's not willing to trade young assets.

"Not yet, I don't think. We still have some holes to fill. We still have some kids that we're really happy and high on, still kids to sign that are in college and juniors," Tallon said. "So all the pieces aren't together yet. When we get to that point, then those assets will be valuable to get maybe the one guy that can put us over the top." He is hoping to deal some veterans at the trade deadline to free up roster spots for more young players.
Feb 18 - 10:44 AM

Florida's power play went three-for-eight in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Anaheim.

The Panthers have been much better with the man advantage of late. They have recorded eight power-play goals in the last eight games after scoring 17 in the first 44. Coach Gerard Gallant is using four forwards (Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Jimmy Hayes) on his top unit along with rookie blueliner Aaron Ekblad.
Feb 12 - 11:29 AM

The Florida Panthers will announce that former Philadelphia Flyers president Peter Luukko will join the organization on Friday.

He will serve as the team's executive chairman, where he will help out Dale Tallon in hockey operations and help team president and CEO Rory Babich on the business end.
Feb 6 - 11:07 AM

Florida featured new power-play combinations in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Detroit and they seemed to work.

Both units featured four forwards and one defenseman and the Panthers scored three times on five opportunities in the contest. Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Pirri and Nick Bjugstad scored with the man advantage to give Florida's struggling power play a boost. The Cats jumped from 29th in the league to 27th thanks to Tuesday's success.

Florida has recorded one power-play goal in their last 19 opportunities.

The Panthers have one marker with the man advantage in their last seven matches and it belongs to rookie Aaron Ekblad. The team has struggled mightily on the power play this season, ranking 29th in the league with a 13.2 success rate (17 goals on 129 chances).
Jan 19 - 9:45 AM

Gerard Gallant was not impressed with his team's performance in their 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton.

"We had a real bad game again tonight," said Gallant. "Got outworked in every aspect of the game. [Goalie Roberto Luongo] bailed us out to get that one point. We were definitely not good enough." The Panthers have lost three games in a row, and have scored a total of six goals in those games.
Jan 18 - 9:25 AM

Florida hasn't done any damage on their power play lately.

The Panthers have gone 0-for-10 in their past four games and they have scored just two goals in their past 25 opportunities. Florida sits 25th in the NHL in power-play efficiency. Coach Gerard Gallant is preaching simple plays and he wants to see his players directing more pucks to the net.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Pierre Groulx is back in the Florida Panthers' organization.

Groulx served as the team's goalie coach under Jacques Martin and Peter DeBoer. He will work with the organization's goaltenders in San Antonio (AHL) and Cincinnati (ECHL). "It’s a great opportunity for him to get back into the game he loves, and it’s a great opportunity for our goalies as well," San Antonio general manager Eric Joyce said. Groulx has also worked with the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 09:56:00 AM

The Florida Panthers haven't won a game in Nashville since December 11th, 1999.

The Panthers kept things close on Saturday but eventually lost the game in a shootout. It's incredible to think that Florida hasn't won in Nashville in almost 15 years, but the streak is more of a coincidence than anything else. The players have changed on both sides and it's hard to imagine any of the current Panthers' players being aware of this fact going into the game.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 09:33:00 AM

The Florida Panthers gave up eight power play opportunities to Arizona, in their 2-1 overtime loss on Saturday.

The Panthers don't score nearly enough goals to take that many penalties. After taking a 1-0 lead over the Coyotes, Arizona tied the game on their sixth power play of the night. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also scored the overtime winner on the man advantage. Florida needs to play near perfect defense and stay out of the box every night if they want to win enough games to make a push for a playoff spot. "We've got to be smarter. We can't take - I don't know how many penalties we took - but those are tough,'' Roberto Luongo said. "We killed most of them but eventually a 4-on-3 is a tough kill and we weren't able to get the job done.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:23:00 PM

Florida has plenty of room for improvement this year after the team finished with the second-to-worst record in the NHL in 2013-14.

The team will be looking for much more from their special teams this campaign after they placed 30th on the power play and on the penalty kill. Jussi Jokinen and Jimmy Hayes may help the man advantage, while the hiring of former Kings defensive assistant Mark Morris as well as the additions of Willie Mitchell and Derek MacKenzie could benefit the penalty kill.

Despite going winless during the preseason, Florida Panthers' head coach Gerard Gallant is happy with his team's effort.

"I wanted to win the game [Saturday]. We really competed 5on5 and were the better team there, I thought," Gerard Gallant said. "We battled hard and there were a lot of good things going so it’s tough to lose 4-1. We came in with the mind-set that we were going to win and had the chances. I saw a lot of good things." Even with a new coaching staff and off-season additions they've made, the Panthers will have a hard time cracking the top eight in the Eastern Conference.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Vincent Trocheck
4Dave Bolland
5Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Garrett Wilson
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Brad Boyes
3Jimmy Hayes
4Scottie Upshall
5Tomas Kopecky
6Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Alex Petrovic
7Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya
3Dan Ellis