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Jared McCann is one of a number of players competing for a spot on the Panthers' third line alongside Nick Bjugstad.

The Cats' top two lines are set featuring Alexsander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr and Vincent Trocheck, Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith, but there are two openings alongside the underrated Bjugstad that must be filled. McCann is in competition with Colton Sceviour and Jonathon Marchessault. McCann was a scorer as a junior in Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL and seems to have the most raw talent of the three. Look for him to capitalize on the opportunity and perhaps even register close to 40 points this season.
Sep 25 - 9:03 AM

Florida Panthers fans rejoice, coach Gerard Gallant has noted that Aaron "Ekblad is fine."

The Panthers' and Team North America's top defender missed the final round robin game due to an upper body injury, widely suspected to be a concussion. Per Gallant, "You see him out there skating already. I think it was a little scary, but he feels real good. He's going to [skate] and see how he feels, but everything looks good." Draft accordingly.
Sep 24 - 8:28 PM

After years of losing, the Florida Panthers have a winning mentality.

"We have our own expectations and don’t really rely on what others say about us," said Nick Bjugstad. "We all expect to win, have a winning mentality that has been introduced the past couple of years. Us younger guys have learned it’s not acceptable to miss the playoffs. That has been instilled by our veteran guys, our coaches, our organization. We’re all buying in. Everyone wants to win here, not just the players." Expect the Panthers to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season.
Sep 24 - 11:58 AM

Reilly Smith and several of his Florida teammates are hungry to get back to the postseason and advance further.

"Last year didn't end the way we wanted it to," he said. "We did some great things with our team ... but there's still the big one at the end of the tunnel that we didn't come close enough to. There's a bitter taste in our mouths and we definitely have enough skill in our dressing room to get back to that point." Smith received a five-year contract extension for $25 million in the summer after he scored 25 goals and 50 points in 82 games last season. He also led the Panthers with four goals and eight points in six playoff matches.
Sep 23 - 8:48 AM

Panthers GM Tom Rowe doesn't expect to see 44-year-old veteran winger Jaromir Jagr slow down in 2016-17.

"Leading scorer last year and I don't think he's going to drop off that quick from the end of last year to now," Rowe said. "I would expect the same performance. When you're playing with [Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau] they've got phenomenal chemistry and I think Jagr ... is probably pretty excited about the lineup that we have and we've got defensemen that can get the puck up to him pretty quick on a regular basis." Jagr appears to be trimmer in his attempt to adapt to the NHL's shift to a speedier game.
Sep 23 - 8:36 AM

According to a source, Roberto Luongo has been cleared medically to play without limitations.

He should get an opportunity to test his hip during the preseason. Luongo's return to health probably means that Reto Berra will start the year in the minors, while James Reimer will serve as the backup. Panthers GM Tom Rowe said that the plan is for Reimer to start between 35 to 40 games in 2016-17 to keep Luongo fresh and healthy.
Sep 22 - 7:48 AM

Denis Malgin might be in the running for a roster spot with Florida after he turned heads at the team's rookie tournament.

He potted six goals in three contests, including the game-winning tally with 1:14 left on Tuesday. "He's been excellent," GM Tom Rowe said. "He's played over in Switzerland in the Elite division, so what he's doing here I don't think we're shocked by it. The pleasant thing was how well he plays defensively." Malgin could be in the mix with Jared McCann, Kyle Rau, Logan Shaw and Connor Brickley for a bottom-six spot.
Sep 21 - 9:58 AM

Aaron Ekblad will reportedly return to Florida in the next couple of days for evaluation.

It was thought that he would remain with Team North America during the World Cup, but the Panthers want their team doctors to take a look at him. Still, it seems to be more of a cautionary measure at this time than anything long term. It still hasn't been determined that Ekblad has a concussion, but it's understandable that Florida wants to be careful with their stud defender.
Sep 20 - 4:57 PM

Jayce Hawryluk will undergo surgery on his broken hand Wednesday.

He suffered a hand injury in a fight during a rookie game this past weekend. A timetable hasn't been set for his return yet, but Hawryluk has likely lost his opportunity to battle for a roster spot to open the season.
Sep 20 - 3:17 PM

Roberto Luongo (hip) is expected to be ready for Florida's regular season opener.

Luongo wasn't expected to be ready for the start of the year initially because of a hip injury, but he has been recovering very well during the off-season.
Sep 20 - 2:41 PM

Aaron Ekblad remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

He didn't take part in Tuesday's practice after he missed Monday's World Cup game versus Russia. There's a chance that Ekblad could be shut down for the rest of the tournament.
Sep 20 - 2:03 PM

It hasn't been determined yet if Aaron Ekblad has a concussion.

He does have a stiff neck though and he is receiving treatment. Ekblad will visit with a doctor and an update on his status should come after that. It isn't clear if he will be available for the rest of the World Cup of Hockey, but it is expected that he will remain in Toronto.
Sep 20 - 10:49 AM

Aaron Ekblad didn't play on Monday night for Team North America because of an upper-body injury.

According to multiple media outlets, the Panthers defenseman is suffering from a mild concussion. It is believed he was hurt on a hard hit from Finland's Leo Komarov on Sunday. Ekblad is listed as day-to-day for now.
Sep 20 - 9:50 AM

Jayce Hawryluk has a broken hand and he may need surgery to repair the damage.

He suffered the injury during a fight with Washington's Jakub Vrana during Sunday's rookie game. There is no timetable for his return, but the injury will probably sideline him for training camp.
Sep 19 - 12:06 PM

Jayce Hawryluk sustained a hand injury when he beat up Washington's Jakub Vrana in a fight during Sunday's rookie game.

He still has to be evaluated, but it didn't look good. Hawryluk wasn't pleased when he was skating off the ice to visit the locker room. The Panthers' prospect was hoping to claim a roster spot with the big team this year.
Sep 19 - 10:37 AM


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