Player News - Panthers

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Former NHLer Olli Jokinen believes Finnish prospect Sebastian Repo has what it takes to play with the Panthers this season.

Repo, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, is participating in Jokinen's pro camp this summer. "In my mind he'll be right there in the mix to be in the starting opening-day lineup" Jokinen said. "He's a man, in unbelievable shape. To me, he looks like if training camp started next week he's ready." Repo registered 11 goals and 32 points in 46 games for Tappara of Finland's Liiga last season.
Aug 12 - 11:17 AM

Aleksander Barkov is disappointed that Jaromir Jagr won't be back with the Panthers this season.

"I would be lying if I say no because he helped me so much and probably I would never be in the same situation without him," Barkov said. "When he came in, I took my game to another level and for sure everybody else on the team did too. He just helped so much everybody on the team and is one of the most important guys in my career." Barkov, Jagr and Jonathan Huberdeau was a successful combination for the Panthers, but injuries got in the way last year. He wants to see Jagr get a chance to continue playing somewhere even if it isn't in the NHL. Barkov and Huberdeau are expected to skated alongside Evgeny Dadonov in 2017-18.
Aug 10 - 12:10 PM

Aaron Ekblad feels he learned a great deal from his struggles last season.

"That's a season where you really realize how hard it is, how hard this league is, how hard it is to stick around," Ekblad said. "It's easy to take that for granted with the money that we're paid and the opportunities that we get. You have to really humble yourself. Last year humbled me." He posted an NHL career-low 21 points and a career worst minus-23 rating, while skating in 68 games. The 21-year-old defender said he "may have cruised through my first two years a little bit too much. The real work began this summer." Ekblad feels more confident and healthy going into the 2017-18 campaign. He wants to lead the Panthers back to the playoffs.
Aug 4 - 8:52 AM

MacKenzie Weegar has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.

Weegar made three appearances with the Panthers in 2016-17, while spending the bulk of the year with Springfield of the AHL. He recorded 14 goals and 36 points from the back end in 60 matches with the Thunderbirds.
Aug 3 - 3:40 PM

Denis Malgin is more confident heading into his second season with the Panthers.

Malgin skated in 47 games with Florida last year and he chipped in 10 points. He also registered 12 points over 15 outings with Springfield of the AHL. "It was a good lesson for me," he said. "It was a good experience in the AHL to play there a lot of minutes. Then I got the call-up, and it was amazing. I came again on the team and I think I played very well then again. I feel confidence now. I have more confidence than last year. I think that's a good thing." Malgin has a shot at landing a third-line spot in 2017-18 out of training camp.
Jul 30 - 1:20 PM

Florida has confirmed the hiring of Ben Cooper as an assistant coach.

Cooper's official title is assistant coach, video on Bob Boughner's staff, which is a position he occupied with Vancouver since 2014. "Ben is a talented, hard-working young coach who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff," Boughner said. "Our completed coaching staff possesses a valuable mix of experience and modern insight that will serve us well as we compete toward our goal of bringing the Stanley Cup to South Florida."
Jul 27 - 4:31 PM

Keith Yandle is optimistic and eager to get going for the 2017-18 campaign.

Yandle is looking forward to the upcoming season because the team will have healthy stars Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov back. He also likes that Dale Tallon is back in control of roster decisions. "Having Dale back in charge, I think that was the main thing that got everyone going," Yandle said. "You sense the power over the locker room that Dale can have. It's such a positive thing when you have a guy like Dale Tallon. Everyone respects him and everything he does for the team. Going into the season knowing he has our back, he has the team, and obviously that he hired great coaches too, it's a great thing."
Jul 27 - 3:03 PM

Micheal Haley understands how coach Bob Boughner wants him to play this season.

Haley played the past two seasons for the Sharks, where Boughner served as an assistant. "Boughner believes in in-your-face; that doesn't necessarily mean roughness, but always hunting, always chasing the puck, taking away their time and space," said Haley. "You don't want to come in here and think it's going to be an easy two points, an easy game. You know when you step on our ice surface we're going to be coming and be giving everything we got." He racked up 128 penalty minutes and 129 hits in 58 appearances last year.
Jul 24 - 11:14 AM

Owen Tippett has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.

Tippett was taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Among his greatest assets are his speed and shot, so naturally he has a lot of offensive upside. He'll be worth keeping an eye on during training camp, although he should be regarded as a bit of a long shot to make the team. "I'm thrilled to sign Owen to his first NHL contract," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "Owen is a natural goal scorer with a bright future and he already possesses NHL-ready size and speed. We're looking forward to watching him compete for a spot on our NHL roster at training camp this fall."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 4:24 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have been keeping in contact with Thomas Vanek.

Vanek began the 2016-17 campaign with Detroit, but with the Red Wings struggling they traded him to Florida in exchange for Dylan McIlrath and what turned out to be the 71st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (Kasper Kotkansalo). Now he's an unrestricted free agent and might end up back in Detroit. It sounds like Vanek would prefer to be reunited with the Red Wings, but for now the biggest hurdle is Detroit's cap situation, especially given that they still need to deal with RFAs Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou. That might lead to this situation staying in limbo for a little while longer.
Jul 13 - 4:44 AM

Mark Pysyk's recently signed three-year contract is worth $8.2 million.

In other words he'll come with a $2,733,333 annual cap hit. This deal also buys his first year of UFA eligibility. He had four goals and 17 points in 82 games last season and earned praise from GM Dale Tallon for his consistency and efforts on the penalty kill.
Jul 6 - 6:32 PM

Mark Pysyk has inked a three-year extension with the Florida Panthers.

The financial terms were not immediately known. Pysyk had four goals and 17 points in 82 games last season. He also had 72 hits and 99 blocked shots while averaging 18:34 minutes of ice time. "Mark is a young, intelligent defenseman who has become an important part of our future," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "He was one of our most consistent players last season and was a solid presence on our penalty kill. We look forward to Mark being a steadying force on our blue line for years to come."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 6 - 3:26 PM

Owen Tippett isn't afraid to make high projections for his career.

"I personally believe I have the upside of Phil Kessel with the shot and the speed that he has, as well as the capability to make plays," Tippett said. The Panthers took him with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. We wouldn't bet on him being another Kessel, but it is true that he has a lot of offensive upside with his shot and speed being among his biggest assets. He'll be worth keeping an eye on during training camp, especially seeing as the door has been left open for him to potentially make the opening game roster.
Jul 6 - 4:25 AM

Alexandre Grenier has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers.

Grenier had 17 goals and 45 points in 69 AHL games in 2016-17. The 25-year-old has appeared in nine career contests at the NHL, but hasn't recorded a point yet.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 12:14 AM

Chase Balisy has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Florida Panthers.

Balisy had 17 goals and 45 points in 76 AHL games in 2016-17. The 25-year-old forward hasn't played in the NHL.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 3 - 1:06 PM


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