Player News - Panthers

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Shawn Thornton is a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against Tampa.

The 37-year-old has just one goal, three points and 48 penalty minutes in 36 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 1 - 5:12 PM

Al Montoya will get the start in Sunday's game against the Lightning.

The 30-year-old last played on February 22nd against Pittsburgh and allowed five goals on 26 shots in a loss. Montoya has a 4-6-2 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .893 save percentage.
Mar 1 - 4:59 PM

Jaromir Jagr played 17:09 in Florida's win over Buffalo on Saturday.

Jagr's final stat line from his Florida debut don't jump off the page but head coach Gerard Gallant was really impressed with the veteran's performance. "He was outstanding," Gallant said. "He makes your team a lot better, gives your team a lot of confidence." The 43-year-old had three shots on a goal and a minus-1 rating in the game.
Mar 1 - 12:25 PM

While his stats weren't pretty this time around, Roberto Luongo continues to beat the Buffalo Sabres as the Florida Panthers won 5-3 on Saturday.

Luongo allowed three goals on just 14 shots, but in a change of pace, his teammates bailed him out. He broke a three-game losing streak with this victory, improving his record to 23-16-11.
Feb 28 - 5:46 PM

The Florida Panthers came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 5-3 due to the work of forwards such as Jussi Jokinen and Brad Boyes.

Jokinen generated three assists apiece in the comeback effort. Brandon Pirri had a strong night of his own, scoring two important goals on Saturday. Jaromir Jagr was unable to score a point in his Panthers debut, only get a -1 for his effort.
Feb 28 - 5:44 PM

In case you were wondering, the early look for new Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr has him on a line with youngsters Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Jagr, 43, is older than the combined age of Barkov and Huberdeau. The main concern is that he needs to literally keep up with them, as he's figuratively still a quality NHL forward with the right pieces. Florida has an interesting mix of players to experiment with him in that regard.

Dany Heatley was dealt to the Florida Panthers along with a third-round pick in exchange for Tomas Fleischmann on Saturday.

It's unclear if the fallen star will get much of a look at the NHL level, as things haven't even gone particularly well for Heatley in the AHL. If nothing else, the Panthers have added some interesting aging names in Heatley and Jaromir Jagr so far this week.
Feb 28 - 2:41 PM

Brandon Pirri has been cleared to return to action.

He may even play Saturday afternoon against Buffalo after missing the last two weeks with an upper-body injury. Pirri was surprisingly effective the month before his injury, but may be looking at third-line minutes with the acquisition of Jaromir Jagr.
Feb 28 - 10:28 AM

Dave Bolland will not play Saturday afternoon against Buffalo.

He is nursing an upper-body injury and did not skate Friday. Consider Bolland day-to-day.
Feb 28 - 10:25 AM

Jaromir Jagr will make his Florida debut Saturday afternoon against the Sabres.

He will line up on one of the Panthers' top two lines. We are guessing Jagr may do better alongside Aleksander Barkov than Nick Bjugstad but we are not coach Gerrard Gallant. No matter who is his center, Jagr should get plenty of ice time at even strength and on the power play in Southern Florida.

Look for Roberto Luongo to get the start against the Sabres Saturday afternoon.

Luongo loves playing Buffalo. He has shutout the Sabres in four of his last five starts. Make sure you have Luongo active early as the game starts at 3:00 pm EST.
Feb 28 - 10:14 AM

Jaromir Jagr is slated to make his Florida debut on Saturday.

"We're committed to winning. We want to win a championship," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "We're putting the pieces together, step by step, and we're hopeful that Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It's a win-win for us." Florida has been held to two goals or fewer in five consecutive games and the thought is that Jagr can help. The Panthers sent a second-round pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round choice in 2016 to New Jersey for the future Hall of Famer.
Feb 27 - 9:45 AM

Roberto Luongo made 26 saves on 28 shots but received no offensive support on Thursday night as the Blackhawks downed the Panthers 3-0.

Help is on the way with Jaromir Jagr joining the Panthers' offense, but Florida missed a chance to tie Boston for the final Wild Card spot in the East. Luongo falls to 21-16-11 this season with a .921 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average. He is winless in his past three games.
Feb 26 - 11:30 PM

Nick Bjugstad and the Panthers were shut out 3-0 by the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Bjugstad has no points and is a minus seven in his past five games, as the 22-year-old is still struggling to find consistency at this level. The hulking 6'6, 218-pounder has 36 points in 61 games.
Feb 26 - 11:23 PM

Tomas Kopecky will be scratched against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

The 33 year old veteran forward has just six goals and 19 points since his 15 goal and 27 point 2012-13 season. Unfortunately, there just isn't any more fantasy value here.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 26 - 7:16 PM


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