Player News - Panthers

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Aaron Ekblad said he felt 100 percent after the season ended and he doesn't expect to have any lingering effects from the head injuries he suffered this year.

He admitted that it was hard to bounce back initially because he wasn't mentally ready for contact again, but he felt more like himself again in mid-January before he ended up back on the sidelines at the end of the campaign. Ekblad registered a career-low 10 goals and 21 points in 68 games. He also had a team-worst minus-23 rating, but he is confident that he will get back on track in 2017-18.
Apr 17 - 10:41 AM

If Aleksander Barkov could just stay healthy he could be a top-15 player in the NHL.

The 21-year-old is one of the best two-way pivots in the NHL. Barkov led the Panthers in scoring with 52 points even though he missed 21 games due to injuries. He was also a team-best plus 13. If he can avoid injuries that have plagued him the past two campaigns, he could be a point-per-game player and a Selke Trophy nominee. Don't forget him on draft day.
Apr 16 - 9:44 AM

Roberto Luongo isn't worried about being claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights during this summer's expansion draft.

Each team is allowed to protect one goalie, so there's a chance the Panthers could opt to protect James Reimer instead of Luongo, but Luongo isn't worried about being claimed by the expansion team. "I'm old as dirt," said Luongo. "They don't want me." He might have a point. Luongo just turned 38 and he's dealing with a bad hip. The fact that the veteran has five years remaining on his contract also makes him an unattractive option for an expansion team.
Apr 12 - 12:33 AM

Jaromir Jagr didn't seem overly optimistic about his chances of returning to the Florida Panthers for his 24th NHL season.

"I don't want to talk about anything," said Jagr, 45, who ranks second on the NHL all-time list in points (1,914), third in goals (765), fifth in assists (1,149) and fourth in games played (1,711). "Just wait and see and whatever happens, happens. Of course, there's going to be some kind of changes. That's what the owners want and it's already starting." He played in all 82 games this season and recorded 46 points. That is 20 fewer than the total he accumulated during his first full season with the Panthers. Depending on the situation he finds himself in next season, he will likely still warrant fantasy consideration.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 11 - 7:09 PM

Jussi Jokinen is dealing with an MCL injury, but it's believed that he won't require surgery.

He didn't play in the last three games of the season and won't play in the IIHF World Championships due to some lingering issues that he is rehabbing through.
Apr 11 - 1:28 PM

Florida GM Dale Tallon doesn't expect Roberto Luongo to need additional surgery.

He had hip surgery last off-season and didn't play after March 2 because of a core injury. Tallon sees Luongo returning to his role as the number goalie in 2017-18.
Apr 11 - 10:37 AM

Tom Rowe will not return as the Florida Panthers head coach or general manager.

Rowe became the Panthers' general manager last spring and he assumed the role of interim head coach in November after firing Gerard Gallant. The 2016-17 campaign was a rough one for the Panthers as they went from a playoff team to one that posted a 35-36-11 record. Dale Tallon will resume his old job as general manager while still maintaining his title as president of hockey operations. The Panthers will look for a new head coach.
Apr 10 - 11:10 AM

Jaromir Jagr skated in all 82 games in 2016-17.

It marked the first time that Jagr has appeared in every game since the 2013-14 season when he was a member of the Devils. The 45-year-old winger contributed 16 goals and 30 assists this campaign.
Apr 10 - 9:15 AM

James Reimer capped off the season with a 38-save shutout over the President Trophy recipients on Sunday evening.

Reimer was flawless under an intense barrage from the Washington Capitals, earning his second shutout in as many nights. Two goose eggs on the final weekend boost the 29-year-old's stats to 18-16-5 this season with a 2.53 goals against average and .920 save percentage.
Apr 9 - 11:19 PM

Derek MacKenzie scored his sixth goal of the season in Sunday's finale.

MacKenzie finishes the year with six tallies and 16 points in 82 games. The Panthers topped Washington 2-0 in the finale.
Apr 9 - 11:14 PM

James Reimer will be back in goal Sunday against the Capitals.

There was some talk that Reto Berra would ge the call after Reimer started Saturday and won against the Sabres, but that is not the case. Reimer will get the Cats' last start of the season.
Apr 9 - 10:01 AM

Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals in a 3-0 win against Buffalo on Saturday.

Huberdeau has 10 goals and 26 points in 30 games this season. Nick Bjugstad netted his ninth goal of the season, which also proved to be the game-winner. Jaromir Jagr registered two assists, giving him 46 points in 81 games.
Apr 8 - 9:40 PM

James Reimer earned a 30-save shutout to lead Florida to a 3-0 win over Buffalo Saturday night.

It's quite the bounce back game for Reimer, who surrendered five goals to St. Louis in his last start. This was Reimer's second shutout of 2016-17 and the 16th of his career.
Apr 8 - 9:37 PM

Michael Sgarbossa sustained a lower-body injury in Saturday's game.

The Panthers have confirmed that Sgarbossa won't return to the contest. He logged 6:04 minutes of ice time before his night ended.
Apr 8 - 8:26 PM

Reto Berra might be in the crease for Sunday's season finale against the Capitals.

James Reimer will get the nod on Saturday against Buffalo. Through seven games and four starts, Berra has posted a 0-5 record with 18 goals against and an .876 save percentage.
Apr 8 - 3:01 PM


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