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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

Brandon Pirri recorded 22 goals and just two assists in 49 games this past season.

According to STATS, that's the biggest gap between goals and assists since Ottawa's Cy Denneny scored 22 goals and had only one assist back in 1923-24. "I can't even explain it," said Pirri. "Both of my assists weren't even passes. It's very strange. Next year I'll get some more assists." He did co-lead the AHL with 53 assists in 2012-13, so he is a capable playmaker.
Apr 14 - 9:50 AM

Florida has assigned Vincent Trocheck to AHL San Antonio.

He produced seven goals and 22 points in 50 games with the Panthers this campaign. Trocheck registered 11 of those points in his first 14 matches of the year.
Apr 13 - 2:51 PM

Alex Petrovic has been assigned to the minors.

He suited up in 33 games with the Panthers this year. During that time, he earned three assists, 76 hits and 34 penalty minutes.
Apr 13 - 2:44 PM

Roberto Luongo played through a shoulder injury at the end of the season.

He sat out six games after he was hurt on Mar. 3 against Toronto. In his last nine appearances of the season, Luongo posted a 5-3-1 record and he allowed 20 goals on 248 shots. He will use the off-season to recover.
Apr 13 - 1:15 PM

Jonathan Huberdeau is thrilled that Jaromir Jagr will be back next season.

"He knows so much about the game, you listen to [Jagr] and it worked every time," he said. "We took a big step but we want to take a bigger step next year." Huberdeau led the Panthers in scoring with 54 points in 79 games this past season. He had great chemistry with Jagr down the stretch and posted 13 points in the final 13 games.
Apr 13 - 12:57 PM

Updating a previous item, Jaromir Jagr's extension could be worth just over $5.4 million.

That number seems high but when you break it down, it seems much more reasonable. Jagr's base salary will be $3.5 million but he can make more money through bonuses. He can make up to $1.5 million for a games played bonus, $200,000 for a points scored bonus and $205,000 in playoff bonuses.
Apr 12 - 5:18 PM

Jaromir Jagr has signed a one-year contract extension with the Florida Panthers.

Financial terms of the deal still haven't been announced. Both sides have been open and honest about wanting to get a deal done in the last few weeks. The Panthers missed the playoffs but they have been impressed with Jagr's production and leadership around their young group. The 43-year-old was acquired from New Jersey at the trade deadline and he had six goals and 18 points in 20 games with Florida. Another 40-point season isn't out of the question for Jagr in 2015-16.
Apr 12 - 1:17 PM

Steve Kampfer was injured in Saturday's win over New Jersey.

Kampfer collided with Devils forward Steve Bernier in the third period of the game and he didn't return. Bernier was given a game misconduct for kneeing. Kampfer said he would be fine, but he was seen wearing a knee brace after the game.
Apr 12 - 12:38 PM

Jaromir Jagr said that a contract extension with the Florida Panthers is close to being signed.

"It's pretty close, it's almost done," said Jagr. "I think it's close and I feel like the team wants me here, and I love this team. It's going to happen pretty soon." Jagr might be 43 but he showed that he can still be a productive player at the NHL level. He finished the season with 18 goals and 47 points and he can help mentor Florida's young roster.
Apr 12 - 12:36 PM


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