Player News - Panthers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Florida Panthers have signed Erik Gudbranson to a two-year extension.

The financial terms of Gudbranson's agreement weren't immediately known. He had nine points and 114 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Panthers last season. "Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "He is a big, strong and physical defenseman who is one of the building blocks for our team. We look forward to his continued development and his contributions to the South Florida community."
Jul 10 - 11:43 AM

Jimmy Hayes is set to have his arbitration hearing on July 29.

Hayes is coming off of his entry-level contract. He had 11 goals and 18 points in 53 games last season.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:20 PM

Although he's a long shot, Rocco Grimaldi isn't being ruled out as a contender to make the Panthers' opening game roster.

"He might just be that guy that says, 'You know what? Brendan Gallagher did it in Montreal and I'm not going to San Antonio,'" Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland said. "It's on him to decide, for him to make the decisions really hard on the coaches in September and October." Grimaldi had 17 goals and 39 points in 42 NCAA games last season. He was taken by Florida with the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 9 - 9:42 AM

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon isn't guaranteeing Aaron Ekblad a spot on the team's opening game roster after selecting him with the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

"We'll have a good, long look at him at training camp," Tallon said. "If he's ready, he's ready. If not, well, [Jonathan] Huberdeau went back. Guys come back better players." Huberdeau was taken with the third overall pick in 2011 and went on to win the Calder Trophy in 2013. Ekblad might not have much fantasy value in 2014-15, but we do think he'll at least make the team's opening game roster.
Jul 8 - 9:38 PM

Greg Zanon has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.

Zanon's two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche was bought out last summer. He's a veteran of 493 NHL games, but he spent the 2013-14 campaign with the AHL San Antonio Rampage. He had four assists and 34 penalty minutes in 24 games in the minors.
Jul 8 - 5:54 PM

Brett Olson has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers.

Olson had 17 goals and 44 points in 75 AHL games with the Abbotsford Heat in 2013-14. He'll help out the AHL San Antonio Rampage, but he's unlikely to get much, if any, playing time with the Panthers.
Jul 8 - 5:52 PM

Mark Morris and Mike Kelly have been hired by the Panthers to serve as assistant coaches under Gerard Gallant.

Morris spent eight seasons serving as the AHL Manchester Monarchs' head coach. Kelly is already familiar with Gallant as Kelly worked under him when Gallant was the head coach of the QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs. John Madden will also retain his previous position as an assistant coach with the Panthers.
Jul 8 - 9:49 AM

Jimmy Hayes is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.

He filed for salary arbitration, but hearings won't start until July 20. Hayes played two games with Chicago last season before he was traded to Florida. In 53 matches with the Panthers, he accounted for 11 goals and seven assists.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 5:39 PM

Former NHL player Alexei Kovalev has officially hung up his skates for good.

Kovalev retired from the NHL last season but skated with a second-tier Swiss team, EHC Visp, in 2013-14. The 41-year-old indicated that injuries were the main reason for his retirement. Kovalev played in 1,316 NHL regular-season games the most of any Russian-born player. He scored 430 goals and registered 599 assists for 1,029 points during his 22-year NHL carrer. We wish the enigamtic one well.
Jul 5 - 9:22 AM

Blake Parlett has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers.

Parlett had four goals and 23 points in 62 games with the AHL Springfield Falcons and Providence Bruins in 2013-14. The 25-year-old blueliner hasn't made his NHL debut yet.
Jul 2 - 12:57 PM

Sam Brittain has inked an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.

Brittain had a 2.22 GAA and .929 save percentage in 39 games with the University of Denver. The Panthers took him with the 92nd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 2 - 12:56 PM

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is very happy with how July 1 went for his team.

The Panthers added defenseman Willie Mitchell, goaltender Al Montoya, and forwards David Bolland, Jussi Jokinen, Derek MacKenzie, and Shawn Thornton. "It was a great day for our franchise, and we exceeded expectations," Tallon said. Jokinen and Bolland in particular were expensive additions, but the Panthers still have plenty of cap space remaining.
Jul 2 - 10:23 AM

The Florida Panthers have signed Willie Mitchell.

It's a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. Mitchell doesn't do enough offensively to make him noteworthy in standard fantasy leagues, but he's a top-four defenseman that will bring a wealth of playoff experience to the Florida Panthers.
Jul 1 - 5:02 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed Derek MacKenzie to a three-year/$3.9 million contract.

The former Columbus Blue Jacket was solid the last few seasons and the Panthers will get themselves a nice bottom-six forward whose fantasy value is limited at best.
Jul 1 - 2:01 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed Shawn Thornton to a two-year/$2.4 million deal.

The Panthers needed some grit and tenacity up front and Shawn Thornton will provide just that. He had eight points and 74 penalty minutes in 64 games with Boston last season and should get over 100 minutes next year with the Panthers.
Jul 1 - 1:27 PM


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