Player News - Panthers

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Aaron Ekblad was one of the first seventeen skaters named to Team Canada for the upcoming World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic starting May 1st.

Ekblad had an impressive rookie campaign and will in the running for the Calder Trophy awarded to the NHL's top first-year player. Ekblad will be joined on Team Canada's blueline by Tyson Barrie, Brent Burns, Jake Muzzin and David Savard.
Apr 18 - 9:53 AM

Brandon Pirri recorded 22 goals and just two assists in 49 games this past season.

According to STATS, that's the biggest gap between goals and assists since Ottawa's Cy Denneny scored 22 goals and had only one assist back in 1923-24. "I can't even explain it," said Pirri. "Both of my assists weren't even passes. It's very strange. Next year I'll get some more assists." He did co-lead the AHL with 53 assists in 2012-13, so he is a capable playmaker.
Apr 14 - 9:50 AM

Florida has assigned Vincent Trocheck to AHL San Antonio.

He produced seven goals and 22 points in 50 games with the Panthers this campaign. Trocheck registered 11 of those points in his first 14 matches of the year.
Apr 13 - 2:51 PM

Alex Petrovic has been assigned to the minors.

He suited up in 33 games with the Panthers this year. During that time, he earned three assists, 76 hits and 34 penalty minutes.
Apr 13 - 2:44 PM

Roberto Luongo played through a shoulder injury at the end of the season.

He sat out six games after he was hurt on Mar. 3 against Toronto. In his last nine appearances of the season, Luongo posted a 5-3-1 record and he allowed 20 goals on 248 shots. He will use the off-season to recover.
Apr 13 - 1:15 PM

Jonathan Huberdeau is thrilled that Jaromir Jagr will be back next season.

"He knows so much about the game, you listen to [Jagr] and it worked every time," he said. "We took a big step but we want to take a bigger step next year." Huberdeau led the Panthers in scoring with 54 points in 79 games this past season. He had great chemistry with Jagr down the stretch and posted 13 points in the final 13 games.
Apr 13 - 12:57 PM

Updating a previous item, Jaromir Jagr's extension could be worth just over $5.4 million.

That number seems high but when you break it down, it seems much more reasonable. Jagr's base salary will be $3.5 million but he can make more money through bonuses. He can make up to $1.5 million for a games played bonus, $200,000 for a points scored bonus and $205,000 in playoff bonuses.
Apr 12 - 5:18 PM

Jaromir Jagr has signed a one-year contract extension with the Florida Panthers.

Financial terms of the deal still haven't been announced. Both sides have been open and honest about wanting to get a deal done in the last few weeks. The Panthers missed the playoffs but they have been impressed with Jagr's production and leadership around their young group. The 43-year-old was acquired from New Jersey at the trade deadline and he had six goals and 18 points in 20 games with Florida. Another 40-point season isn't out of the question for Jagr in 2015-16.
Apr 12 - 1:17 PM

Steve Kampfer was injured in Saturday's win over New Jersey.

Kampfer collided with Devils forward Steve Bernier in the third period of the game and he didn't return. Bernier was given a game misconduct for kneeing. Kampfer said he would be fine, but he was seen wearing a knee brace after the game.
Apr 12 - 12:38 PM

Jaromir Jagr said that a contract extension with the Florida Panthers is close to being signed.

"It's pretty close, it's almost done," said Jagr. "I think it's close and I feel like the team wants me here, and I love this team. It's going to happen pretty soon." Jagr might be 43 but he showed that he can still be a productive player at the NHL level. He finished the season with 18 goals and 47 points and he can help mentor Florida's young roster.
Apr 12 - 12:36 PM

Al Montoya made 31 saves in the Panthers’ 3-2 win against the Devils on Saturday night.

Montoya hadn’t gotten into a game since March 3, but Gerard Gallant gave him the start in the regular season finale. Montoya had a rough season as the backup, posting just a 3.08 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.
Apr 11 - 9:44 PM

Jaromir Jagr scored and assisted in the Panthers’ 3-2 win against the Devils on Saturday night.

The Future Hall of Famer showed he still has plenty left in the tank, even at the young age of 43. He had 18 goals and 47 points this season. Jagr has shown no desire to hang up his skates just yet, so it'll be interesting to see where he latches on this offseason. David Bolland and Jonathan Huberdeau notched the other goals.
Apr 11 - 9:44 PM

Tomas Kopecky will tag in for Shawn Thornton against the New Jersey Devils in the season's finale on Saturday night.

With just eight points, 28 PIMs, and 88 hits in 63 games this season, it no longer looks like Tomas Kopecky has any fantasy value moving forward. Thornton meanwhile finishes his season with 50 PIMs and 93 hits over 46 games.
Apr 11 - 6:00 PM

Jaromir Jagr will play against New Jersey for the first time since he was traded by the Devils to the Panthers in late February.

Jagr has a pretty good track record of sticking it to his former teams, so we would start him on Saturday.
Apr 11 - 10:13 AM

Updating an earlier item, Al Montoya will indeed get the start in the season finale against New Jersey Saturday night.

The Panthers sent down Dan Ellis as Montoya has recovered from a groin injury that has kept him out of action since march 3rd. With the game meaning nothing to either team (as both have missed the playoffs) the Cats will sit Roberto Luongo and give Montoya the start.
Apr 11 - 10:08 AM


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