Player News - Panthers

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The Florida Panthers have selected Max Gildon in the third round (66th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Many expected him to go in the second round, but the Panthers were able to grab him early in the third. Gildon is a solid defenseman with good size (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) and an impressive shot from the point. His shot is so good that he was able to score 11 goals and 33 points in 62 games with the US National Team Development Program last season. Unfortunately for Gildon, his play in his own zone and his decision-making are holding him back at this point. He’ll hopefully be able to straighten out his deficiencies at the University of New Hampshire next season.
Jun 24 - 11:06 AM

Panthers GM Dale Tallon felt his team needed to land a player that can shoot the puck well and that's exactly what they did with their selection of Owen Tippett.

The Panthers were able to get Tippett with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The young forward scored 44 goals in 60 OHL games last season, which is pretty impressive. "We have targeted this player for a while," Tallon said. "He is what we needed in our depth chart. A shooter because we have a lot of passers and playmakers. I’m glad we were able to get him. He has good skills in tight. He has got an inate ability to find open holes; he is a shooter. So that is what we need."
Jun 24 - 9:05 AM

The Florida Panthers have selected Owen Tippett with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Many scouts have labelled Tippett as the best pure goal scorer in the 2017 draft class. After scoring 15 goals in 48 games during his first junior season with the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads in 2015-16, he exploded for 44 goals in 60 contests last season. He added 10 goals and nine assists in 20 playoff games with the Steelheads this spring. On top of being a sniper, Tippett is also a very good skater, which will help him create even more offense at the next level. His play without the puck needs work, but he can develop that over time. Tippett will need a little time to work on his defensive game, but he should be a top-six forward and could be the sniper that Aleksander Barkov needs on the Panthers' first line.
Jun 23 - 8:09 PM

Jack Capuano has joined the Florida Panthers as an associate coach.

Capuano had a 227-192-64 record as the Islanders head coach before being relieved of his duties during the 2016-17 campaign. He was also the bench boss of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers from 2007-10. "I am thrilled to welcome Jack to our coaching staff," said Panthers head coach Bob Boughner. "He is a knowledgeable and experienced voice to have behind our bench that will work well with our young players."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 23 - 2:28 PM

Florida GM Dale Tallon plans to engage in contract negotiations with Jaromir Jagr's camp in the next few days.

Tallon was waiting until after the expansion draft to attempt to re-sign Jagr. Despite being 45-years-old, Jagr scored 16 goals and 46 points in 82 contests in 2016-17.
Jun 22 - 6:07 PM

Chris Pronger has joined the Florida Panthers' front office.

Pronger's seven-year, $34,550,000 contract expired following the 2016-17 campaign, but unfortunately he hasn't been able to play since 2011 due to concussions. Although his playing career ended sooner than hoped, he still had a spectacular run and now he'll be able to contribute in other ways with Florida. He'll be working with general manager Dale Tallon.
Jun 22 - 9:49 AM

Jason Demers was the odd-man out on Florida's protection list for the expansion draft.

The Panthers protected four defenders (Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle, Alex Petrovic and Mark Pysyk), but Demers will be available to be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights. However, the Panthers also left Jonathan Marchessault unprotected and he could be targeted because of the value he can bring in the goal-scoring department.
Jun 20 - 10:52 AM

The Panthers have left 30-goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault unprotected for this Tuesday's expansion draft.

The Vegas Golden Knights are certainly happy about this development. We would expect that the Cats would be trying very hard to make a side deal with Vegas to keep Marchessault in the next few days. The Panthers protected list looks like this: Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck, Aaron Ekblad, Alex Petrovic, Mark Pysyk, Keith Yandle, and Reimer,
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:08 AM

It will be interesting who the Vegas Golden Knights select off the Panthers' roster.

There apparently are quite a few interesting options based on the projected Panthers' protected list. At least one of Alex Petrovic, Jason Demers and Mark Pysyk will be available on the blueline and either Jussi Jokinen or Derek McKenzie will be exposed up front. It doesn't appear the Panthers have made any deals with Vegas to protect any of these players.
Jun 18 - 9:17 AM

Bryan McCabe has been promoted to the director of player personnel by the Florida Panthers.

"We are pleased to announce Bryan's new position as our club's director of player personnel," said GM Dale Tallon in a statement. "Bryan has excelled in helping develop our prospects both on and off the ice, with many of our young guys becoming core players during his time with the club. He has earned the opportunity to take on an expanded role within our day-to-day hockey operations."
Jun 14 - 11:37 AM

Florida GM Dale Tallon said that a potential Jaromir Jagr signing won't occur until after the expansion draft.

Tallon has been speaking with Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, about a return for at least one more season. The veteran winger can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 13 - 11:03 AM

Derek MacKenzie is excited to have Bob Boughner as the new head coach of the Panthers.

"He's a player's coach, an all-in kind of guy," said Florida's captain. "He can relate to you. He's a guy you have a great relationship with, but he's not afraid to put his foot down. When he came to you and needed something from you, you wanted to do it." MacKenzie has played for Boughner before when he was an assistant for Columbus in 2010.
Jun 13 - 10:57 AM

Florida has denied the report that they asked Keith Yandle to waive his no-move clause for the upcoming expansion draft.

According to the Miami Herald's George Richards, the Panthers won't ask the veteran defender to waive his NMC so he will be protected.
Jun 12 - 5:04 PM

Aaron Ekblad and a few other members of the Panthers already have a connection to new Florida coach Bob Boughner.

Ekblad grew up in Windsor as a close family friend of Boughner and his son. Boughner also coached Panthers captain Derek MacKenzie when he was on the staff of the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant and he worked with goalie James Reimer with the Sharks last season. In another twist, he was a teammate of Jaromir Jagr on Pittsburgh in 2000.

The Florida Panthers have officially hired Bob Boughner as the team's newest head coach.

Boughner is the 15th coach in franchise history and the fifth in the past four seasons. He was in charge of the defense of the San Jose Sharks for the past two seasons under former Panthers coach Pete DeBoer. "After an exhaustive search we are pleased to welcome Bob as the new head coach of the Panthers," said GM Dale Tallon in a statement. "He sees the game in a modern way and is eager to work with our young players. During the interview process, Bob blew us away with his preparation, his passion, knowledge and dedication to the game. We believe that he is the right leader to get our team back to competing towards our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."
Jun 12 - 10:19 AM


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