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Nick Bjugstad had a stellar sophomore season in 2014-15.

"The confidence was a lot better," Bjugstad said of his second season in the NHL. "I think as a team we just played a lot better together, so that helped me. I just loved my linemates and who I was playing with." The 22-year-old finished the season with 24 goals and 43 points during the season.
May 24 - 1:09 PM

Jaromir Jagr may be done with international competition, but it doesn't sound like he intends to end his playing career any time soon.

"I'm not finishing my career, I'll play for Florida for at least one more season," he said. "And after an [NHL retirement] I'm still planning to come back and play in the Czech League. But it's time to move on." He chose to come out of his retirement from international play because the tournament was being held in the Czech Republic. The veteran winger captured the MVP honor after he scored six goals and nine points in 10 games. Jagr was also named to the tournament's All-Star team.
May 18 - 11:52 AM

Jaromir Jagr was named the tournament MVP at the 2015 World Hockey Championship.

Jagr was very good throughout the tournament (nine points in 10 games), but the fact that the tournament was held in the Czech Republic was the only reason why he won the award. Jagr and his Czech teammates finished fourth, as they lost to the USA in the Bronze Medal Game earlier today. After the game, the 43-year-old said he was retiring from international competition.
May 17 - 5:57 PM

After losing to the USA in the Bronze Medal Game at the World Hockey Championships on Sunday, Jaromir Jagr told reporters that he was retiring from international competition.

We're not too sure how serious Jagr is because he did say the same thing last year. It's incredible to think that Jagr has remained productive into his 40's. The 43-year-old scored 17 goals and 47 points in 77 regular season games with New Jersey and Florida. He has already signed a new contract to remain with the Panthers in 2015-16.
May 17 - 1:21 PM

The Panthers are very well represented in the medal rounds of the IIHF World Hockey Championships taking place currently in the Czech Republic.

Jaromir Jagr is leading the home Czech squad against Canada in a semi-final game Saturday. Rookie phenom Aaron Ekblad will be manning the blueline for Canada. While Dmitry Kulikov will be playing for the Russians against the Americans in the other semi-final game. The Panthers' strong presence at the IIHF tourney is a testament to how GM Dale Tallon has rebuilt the Florida franchise. He has players good enough to play at the World Championships, but not good enough to lead the Panthers to the NHL playoffs.
May 16 - 10:58 AM

Jussi Jokinen had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Czech Republic at the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championships.

He set up Florida teammate Aleksander Barkov to tie the game at 3-3 early in the third period, but fellow Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr got the winner for the Czechs later in the final frame.
May 14 - 5:18 PM

As expected, Jaromir Jagr was able to play in the quarterfinals for the Czech Republic and he was a major factor against Finland.

The veteran winger tallied two goals, including the game winner, and he added an assist in a 5-3 victory to send the Czechs into the quarterfinals. Jagr got the winner late in the third (55:30 mark) to give him six goals and nine points in eight matches during the tournament. He suffered an undisclosed injury in the finale of the preliminary round, but he was projected to be good to go against the Finns.
May 14 - 5:10 PM

Jaromir Jagr left Tuesday's game against Switzerland early in the first period with an undisclosed injury.

It's suspected that he suffered a groin or thigh injury and he wasn't able to return. However, the Czech Republic hopes to have him in the lineup for Thursday's quarterfinal game against Finland. He's reportedly likely to suit up, which is good news for the host country. Jagr has four goals and six points in seven games at the World Hockey Championships.
Source: NHL.com
May 13 - 6:50 PM

Jaromir Jagr posted a goal and an assist as he led the Czechs past the Germans 4-2 on Sunday.

Jagr, who keeps adding to his record for oldest player to score at the World Hockey Championship (now 43 years and 85 days old), also leads his team in goals scored with four and ranks second with six points through six games.
May 10 - 8:17 PM

At 43 years and 76 days old, Jaromir Jagr set a new record for the oldest player to ever score a goal in an IIHF World Hockey Championship game.

Jagr tipped home a Jakub Nakladal shot from the point to accomplish the feat. The hits just keep on coming for the NHL's fourth all-time leading scorer (1802). Only Gordie Howe (1850), Mark Messier (1887), and Wayne Gretzky (2857) sit ahead of Jagr on the list.
May 1 - 8:37 PM

Jaromir Jagr has agreed to represent the Czech Republic in the 2015 World Championships.

Jagr had previously planned to retire from international hockey. He's a veteran of 70 World Championship games and has 29 goals and 66 points over that span. The 43-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers for the 2015-16 campaign.
Source: IIHF.com
Apr 24 - 5:22 PM

Aaron Ekblad set three Florida records for scoring by a rookie defenseman.

His 12 goals, 27 assists and 39 points were all franchise bests for a first-year blueliner. Ekblad also finished just two points shy of the NHL record for an 18-year-old defenseman, which was established by his agent Bobby Orr back in 1966-67. Ekblad was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy on Thursday evening and he's considered by many to be the favorite for the award.
Apr 24 - 9:20 AM

Aaron Ekblad has been nominated for the Calder Trophy.

He produced 12 goals and 39 points in 81 games for the Panthers. Ekblad cracked Florida's roster as an 18-year-old defenseman after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He averaged 21:48 of ice time per contest and posted a plus-12 rating.
Apr 23 - 6:56 PM

Zach Hyman has told the Florida Panthers that he won't sign with them.

Florida selected Hyman in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but at this point he can simply wait to become an unrestricted free agent on August 16. This is unfortunate news for the Panthers as Hyman has developed into a great player at the college level. He had 22 goals and 54 points in 37 games with the University of Michigan. The Panthers can still trade his rights before he officially becomes an unrestricted free agent and that might actually happen as another team might feel the likely cost of late pick is worth the chance to make their pitch to Hyman first before he hits the open market.
Apr 21 - 5:51 PM

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


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