Player News - Panthers

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Shawn Thornton was eager to show that he'll protect his teammates this year in Florida by engaging in a pair of fights during Saturday's 4-1 preseason loss against Nashville.

"I'd like to contribute in other ways but over my career, a lot of it has been sticking up for my teammates, so I won't change now," said Thornton, who signed with the Panthers after the Bruins decided to let him go. He's projected to play on the fourth line this campaign alongside Derek Mackenzie and Tomas Kopecky or Jimmy Hayes.
Sep 30 - 10:38 AM

Florida has waived Bobby Butler.

He skated in just two games with the Panthers last season. In 69 matches with San Antonio of the AHL, Butler posted 22 goals and 47 points.
Sep 29 - 10:03 AM

Joey Crabb has been placed on waivers by Florida.

If he clears then he's likely to head to San Antonio of the AHL, where he played the vast majority of the 2013-14 season. Crabb had 15 goals and 29 points in 62 games with the Panthers' minor-league team. He also contributed an assist in nine outings with Florida. Crabb is set to earn $600,000 this year on a one-way deal.
Sep 29 - 10:00 AM

Greg Zanon has been waived by the Florida Panthers.

He suited up in 24 games with the club's AHL club in San Antonio last season and will probably return there if he clears on Monday afternoon. Zanon re-upped with the Panthers on a two-way deal in the summer.
Sep 29 - 9:55 AM

Dan Ellis was placed on waivers by the Panthers on Sunday.

He appeared in six games with Florida last season after he was acquired at the trade deadline from Dallas. Ellis had no wins and five losses to go with an .836 save percentage and a 4.81 GAA, so it's not surprising that the team brought in Al Montoya to serve as Roberto Luongo's backup for this campaign.
Sep 29 - 9:51 AM

Steven Hodges was among nine players sent to the minors by Florida on Sunday.

The Panthers also assigned forwards John McFarland, Connor Brickley, Logan Shaw and Brett Olson; defensemen Jonathan Racine and Josh McFadden, as well as goaltenders Michael Houser and Sam Brittain to their AHL affiliate in San Antonio.
Sep 29 - 9:47 AM

Scottie Upshall is looking to improve on the success he had with the Florida Panthers last season.

Upshall scored 15 goals and a career-high 37 points last season. "It was good to just have healthy year and be accountable," said Upshall. "Last year didn’t go so well for most of us. We know we all got to be better, and in a way I took a jump in the right direction, learning leadership and helping out the younger players." Upshall should have a top-six role with the Panthers again this season. If he stays healthy, he can hit the 35-point mark.
Sep 28 - 10:40 AM

Roberto Luongo gave up two goals in two periods of action against the Predators in the Panthers’ 4-1 loss Saturday night.

The two teams played split-squad games Saturday. Luongo made 16 saves, with Dan Ellis making five of six stops. Alex Petrovic scored the goal with Greg Zanon and Drew Shore picked up the assists. Aaron Ekblad finished a minus-three in 20:03.
Sep 27 - 10:34 PM

Brandon Pirri scored for the Panthers in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Predators on Saturday.

Pirri is doing the most he can to make the game one roster. He had seven goals and 14 points with the Penthers in 21 games last season, with six and 11, respectively, in 28 games with the Blackhawks before getting dealt. Craig Smith scored the goal for the Predators who received strong goaltending from Carter Hutton (23 of 24 saves). Al Montoya made nine saves on 10 shots and Sam Brittain kicked away all 10 he faced.
Sep 27 - 7:28 PM

The Panthers will make some significant roster cuts following Saturday's double-header against Nashville.

Forty of the 49 Florida players still in camp wil play in one of the two games Saturday. Keep an eye on defensemen Shane O'Brien and Alex Petrovic who will be fighting with top draft pick Aaron Ekblad for a roster spot.
Sep 27 - 9:35 AM

First-overall draft pick Aaron Ekblad will make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Predators in Nashville.

The Panthers play a double-header on Saturday against the Predators and Ekblad will wear the Cat on his jersey for the first time in an NHL game at 8:00 pm. Ekblad has a very good chance of making the Panthers right out of training camp and Saturday night will be a good test to see if that is likely.
Sep 27 - 9:16 AM

Brad Boyes feels much more comfortable at training camp than he did at this time a year ago.

"I've been down here for a few weeks now instead of scrambling around like last year," said Boyes, who attended camp on a professional tryout last campaign. "I'm not stuck in a hotel anymore so I'm more settled. It's nice to come down and see the guys I played with last year so there's camaraderie there. Coming into the year, this has been easier. I'm more comfortable in this setting that I was last year." He received a two-year extension from the Panthers back in March after he posted a team-leading 21 goals and had 36 points in 78 games. Read more here:
Sep 26 - 9:40 AM

Willie Mitchell is expected to provide Florida's defense with leadership and it's thought that he'll help the club's penalty kill as well.

"He sets a real good example with his experience and knowledge of the NHL and I'm sure he had an impact on those players," assistant coach Mark Morris said. "He's the consummate professional, takes care of his body and is real serious about his job." The Panthers have plenty of young defenders and Mitchell's presence should help Dmitry Kulikov, Erik Gudbranson, Aaron Ekblad, Colby Robak and Alex Petrovic.
Sep 26 - 9:28 AM

The Florida Panthers have sent Jayce Hawryluk back to the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.

Hawryluk was the Panthers' second round pick in the 2014 NHL draft. The move wasn't unexpected. The 18-year-old is still a few years away from making an impact in the NHL.
Sep 25 - 4:31 PM

Even though the Florida Panthers brought in Al Montoya during the off-season, Dan Ellis isn't willing to concede the team's backup goalie job.

"I don't feel like I'm going to leave," Ellis said Wednesday. "I've played long enough and have seen a little bit of everything. I was prepared they were going to bring in another guy. I knew they needed at least three goalies. Wherever they want to slot things in the summertime isn't my concern." Montoya probably has the inside track at the role, but Ellis does have a chance to serve as Roberto Luongo's understudy if he can earn the role at training camp.
Sep 25 - 11:25 AM

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