Player News - Panthers

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Quinton Howden didn't get a qualifying offer from Florida.

He skated in 58 games with the Panthers in 2015-16, but he also spent plenty of time in the press box as a healthy scratch. Greg McKegg, Dylan Olsen and John McFarland weren't tendered qualifying offers either, so all of them can become UFAs on July 1.
Jun 27 - 6:07 PM

At the top of Florida GM Tom Rowe's off-season wish list is an upper-tier free agent right winger.

"We only have a third-line position we need to fill," Rowe said Saturday. "We're targeting a bunch of guys we put together. We'll start calling around the agents, get the interviewing process going, and see if there's interest on the other side and go from there." Loui Eriksson or Kyle Okposo appear to be on the Panthers' radar.
Jun 27 - 9:37 AM

Panthers GM Tom Rowe expects Mark Pysyk to develop into a top-four defenseman in the near future.

The Panthers acquired Pysyk in a trade that saw them ship Dmitry Kulikov to Buffalo. "It’s not an easy decision when you’re trading a guy like ‘Kuli’ away," Rowe said. "Part of it was cap management going into next year. And then we really wanted to get a right-shot defenseman, and Mark Pysyk was a guy we targeted a long time ago. We watched him quite a bit through the last couple of seasons. We just felt that we picked up [Keith] Yandle on the left side with a left shot, so we wanted to find a guy who had potential to be a top-four ‘D.’ He might not be a top-four ‘D’ this year, but we think he can be in a couple years. And the fact that he’s a right shot, he’s a very composed player, very smart player, we thought he was a real good fit for the guys we have on the back end." The 24-year-old was a first round draft pick back in 2010. He had one goal and 11 points in 55 games last season.
Jun 26 - 9:35 AM

Mark Pysyk is heading to Florida as part of the Dmitry Kulikov trade.

The Sabres also get the Panthers second round pick in 2016 while Florida gets the Sabres second (number 38) and their third round selection. Pysyk was selected in the first round, 23rd overall in 2010 but has not really made much of an impact at the NHL level. He is a third pairing blueliner at this time at best, and is not really fantasy-worthy.
Jun 25 - 10:22 AM

Before the Red Wings traded the rights to, and contract of, Pavel Datsyuk to the Coyotes, the Panthers were said to be negotiating with Detroit GM Ken Holland.

According to the reports the Panthers wan't the Wings to take on another bad contact in exchange for Datsyuk's contract, namely the muti-year dealto Dave Bolland. Needless to say, the Wings passed on that.
Jun 25 - 9:55 AM

The Florida Panthers have selected Henrik Borgstrom with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Borgstrom is a surprise to be taken in the first round, but he's also a nice story of a player that took a big step forward after being passed on entirely in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had 29 goals and 55 points in 40 games in the Finnish junior league. He's a project and has already signed a letter of intent with the University of Denver, so don't expect him to be part of the Panthers' organization for a couple years. That being said, while there are plenty of areas he needs to work on, including his consistency, he does have upside and could be an important part of the Panthers eventually.
Jun 24 - 10:09 PM

The Florida Panthers have acquired Reto Berra from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Rocco Grimaldi.

And just like that, the Panthers have their backup goaltender. Berra couldn't stick with the Avalanche in the NHL for the entire 2015-16 campaign, but that was due to a mixture of injury woes and Calvin Pickard's ascent rather than him struggling on the ice. When Berra did play for Colorado he posted a 2.41 GAA and .922 save percentage in 14 games. He has one season left on his three-year, $4.35 million contract.
Jun 23 - 3:14 PM

Sam Brittain has inked a one-year extension with the Florida Panthers.

It's a two-way contract that's worth $750K at the NHL level. The Panthers currently have a vacancy for the backup spot, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Florida sign an NHL veteran for that role, which would cause Brittain to start the season in the minors.
Jun 23 - 2:07 PM

Keith Yandle has inked a seven-year, $44.45 million contract with the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers acquired the negotiating rights to Yandle from the New York Rangers in exchange for a sixth round pick as well as a 2017 fourth-round selection that was conditional on Yandle signing. Had Yandle held out, he would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. In Yandle, the Panthers have a top pairing defenseman that can provide them with over 40 points per season, although given that Yandle will turn 30 in September, this contract might not look so great towards the end of it.
Jun 23 - 8:38 AM

Jaromir Jagr is the 2016 Masterton Trophy winner.

The award is given to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Jagr was 44 years old before the end of the 2015-16 campaign, but he remarkably not only managed to hold his own, but excel even at his age. He had 27 goals and 66 points in 79 contests.
Jun 22 - 7:41 PM

Brian Campbell reportedly has "serious interest" in playing with Chicago.

Campbell's previous stint with the Blackhawks went from 2008-09 through 2010-11. He was traded to the Florida Panthers for cap reasons, but now that his eight-year, $57,143,000 contract is over, he's expected to test the open market. He still has some value at the age of 37 as a top-four puck-moving defenseman, but whether or not the Blackhawks can afford him is another question entirely. It seems fair to say that Campbell-to-Chicago won't be possible unless he's willing to offer the Blackhawks a discount compared to his likely market value.
Jun 22 - 4:22 PM

Panthers GM Tom Rowe thinks he can sign Keith Yandle before July 1.

"We went after him because we like the way he plays the game," Rowe said. "We feel with the forwards we have up front he complements our offensive attack. It's no secret he averages 50 points a season; we felt he was a real good fit." Yandle's negotiation rights were acquired by Florida from the Rangers on Monday. The Panthers gave up a sixth-round draft pick in the deal and New York will get an additional fourth rounder in 2017 if Yandle signs with Florida.
Jun 21 - 2:59 PM

Al Montoya is expected to test the free agent market.

The Panthers are not close to re-signing the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, so it is believed he will be free to sign anywhere on July 1.
Jun 21 - 2:56 PM

Florida isn't close to re-signing Brian Campbell.

Panthers GM Tom Rowe believes Campbell will test free agency on July 1. Florida sought to replace Campbell by acquiring the rights to pending unrestricted free agent Keith Yandle on Monday.
Jun 21 - 2:52 PM

Keith Yandle's rights have been traded to the Florida Panthers.

The deal involves a sixth-round draft pick as well as a conditional fourth-round selection in 2017 if Yandle signs with the Panthers. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if he doesn't agree to a new contract. Yandle produced five goals and 47 points in 82 games with the Rangers in 2015-16.
Jun 20 - 6:01 PM


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