Player News - Panthers

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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

One player who could benefit from the Panthers' hiring of Bog Boughner as coach could be Alex Petrovic.

Petrovic is a rugged defenseman who plays the game a little like Boughner did when the latter was known as the "Boogieman" during his time in the NHL. It must be said, however, that Petrovic has more offensive potential than Boughner ever did. If Boughner gets the Florida head coaching gig, look for him to take Petrovic under his wing.
Jun 11 - 9:14 AM

The Florida Panthers have reportedly asked Keith Yandle to waive his no-movement clause ahead of this month's expansion draft.

This news is a little surprising considering Yandle signed a long-term, free agent contract with the Panthers last summer. The 30-year-old had five goals and 41 points in 82 games with Florida last season. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman also mentioned the possibility of Vegas selecting Yandle in the expansion draft and trading him to another team. Of course, none of this can happen if Yandle refuses to waive his no-movement clause.
Jun 10 - 7:56 PM

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, Bob Boughner is close to being the next head coach of the Florida Panthers.

Boughner is currently serving as the assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks. It appears the Sabres will miss out of hiring their former defenseman as they wait to interview Jacques Martin and Rick Tocchet of the Penguins, and Phil Housley of the Predators. The hiring of Boughner by the Panthers would leave the Sabres as being the only team in the NHL without a head coach.
Jun 10 - 10:51 AM

The Florida Panthers have booked six exhibition games for 2017.

Florida will kick things off with a doubleheader in Nashville on Sept. 19. The Panthers will then play in Tampa Bay on Sept. 24 before returning home to face the Lightning twice more on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28. The Panthers will wrap things up with a game in Montreal on Sept. 29.
Jun 9 - 10:34 AM


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