Player News - Panthers

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Brad Boyes has been put on unconditional waivers by Florida.

The Panthers intend to use a buyout on him if he clears. Boyes has one year remaining on his contract and was due $2.5 million. His buyout will open up another roster spot for the Panthers, as they continue their youth movement. Boyes had 14 goals and 38 points in 78 games last campaign.
Jun 30 - 12:29 PM

Michael Houser will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

He was not presented with a qualifying offer from the Florida Panthers. Houser posted a 19-9-4 record with a 2.83 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage last season in the AHL. Florida chose goaltenders Samuel Montembeault and Ryan Bednard in the 2015 draft and last March they signed Colin Stevens out of college. Those moves made Houser expendable. Andrew Yogan, Shayne Taker, Jesse Blacker and Ryan Martindale will also be going to free agency.
Jun 30 - 11:49 AM

Jimmy Hayes was tendered a qualifying offer on Monday.

Quinton Howden, Jonathan Huberdeau, Corban Knight, John McFarland, Greg McKegg, Alex Petrovic, and Garrett Wilson also received qualifying offers from the Panthers. Hayes had a career year in 2014-15 with 19 goals and 35 points in 72 games.
Jun 30 - 11:41 AM

Lawson Crouse impressed Florida's brass at the team's development camp practice on Monday.

"I really liked him," said GM Dale Tallon. "Really smooth for his size. The skating ability is very good. His puckhanding skills are terrific. He has that sandpaper part to him with the size and toughness. Very impressed with how smooth he was in all aspects of the game." Crouse was chosen 11th overall by the Panthers after he was ranked fifth by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters going into the draft. Florida has high hopes for him as a physical, two-way winger.
Jun 30 - 11:35 AM

GM Dale Tallon believes a new contract will be finalized with Jonathan Huberdeau soon.

"I think we'll get this down very shortly," Tallon said. "We're very close on getting something done. I don't see any problems." Huberdeau is eligible for restricted free agency after producing 54 points in 79 games last season.
Jun 29 - 11:51 AM

Michael Matheson will be in attendance when the Panthers open development camp on Monday.

This will be at his first camp with Florida after spending the past three seasons at Boston College. Matheson is expected to start next season in the AHL, where he had two helpers in five outings at the end of 2014-15 while playing on an amateur tryout. He is a highly-regarded prospect and could be someone to watch at training camp.
Jun 29 - 11:47 AM

The Florida Panthers tried to land goaltender Cam Talbot, but the Rangers decided to ship him to Edmonton instead.

Many believe that Talbot was one of the best goalies available this off-season. Landing in Edmonton is probably better for his career, as he probably wouldn't have been the starter in Florida with Roberto Luongo in town. "We were one of the finalists — it was down to the wire," General Manager Dale Tallon said. "It was obviously between us and Edmonton. There were four or five in the mix and it came down to the two of us. I guess they wanted Cam to play out west, so that didn’t work in our favor. It just didn’t happen." The Panthers reportedly offered a pair of third round picks, a fifth round pick and forward Jimmy Hayes.
Jun 28 - 12:07 PM

If you are tyring to figure out what type of player Lawson Crouse will be in the NHL, then look no further than his nickname.

Crouse was called "The Sheriff" by his Kingston teammates for his propensity to stick up for his teammates no matter the cost. Of course, Crouse also has some scoring ability. When he does make it to the NHL, Crouse should be a valuable fantasy commodity.
Jun 27 - 10:53 AM

Lawson Crouse has been taken by the Florida Panthers with the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

At 6’4, 210 pounds, Crouse is amongst the biggest players in this draft and one of the most powerful. Though his 29-goal, 51-point output in 56 OHL games this season were below production standards for a top-10 forward pick, Crouse consistently made an impact by using his size, strength, positioning and puck skills. During the World Juniors, the London, Ontario-native proved to be a versatile two-way force, succeeding in his shutdown, bottom-six energy role with tournament champions. Crouse's prominence in the offensive zone is evident by his consistent ability to win physical battles, shield the puck, screen goaltenders and bury loose pucks. His NHL potential lies somewhere between a physical force on a top scoring line and a checking third-liner with offensive upside.
Jun 26 - 8:21 PM

Aaron Ekblad was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team for the 2014-15 season.

Ekblad was the first overall selection nearly a year ago, and went on to lead all rookie defenders with 12 goals while ranking second in assists with 27 and in points with 39. All as an 18 year old, mind you. He set new Panthers franchise records in the process for a rookie defender, and fell just two points shy of Bobby Orr's NHL record for points by an 18 year old.
Jun 24 - 10:28 PM

Aaron Ekblad took home the Calder Trophy on Wednesday night, which goes to NHL's rookie of the year.

Ekblad had a remarkable season for any rookie defenseman with 12 goals and 39 points in 81 games, but to do it as an 18-year-old is simply incredible. In fact, Ekblad was just two points shy of Bobby Orr's record for most points by an 18-year-old. Jonathan Huberdeau was the last Panther to win the award, taking it home in 2013.
Jun 24 - 8:23 PM

Dan Ellis is expected to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent next week.

He spent most of the 2014-15 season in the minors, but got a chance to play with the Panthers when Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were injured. In eight appearances with Florida, he posted a 4-3-1 record with a .914 save percentage and a 2.35 goals-against average.
Jun 22 - 11:04 AM

Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that his team will continue building their roster with young players.

"We’re going to go young and see what’s available July 1 [first day of the free agency signing period]," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "I like young teams, I like young players. We have some good young players in our system and we’re going to give them an opportunity. I think that’s the direction we need to go in. My goal is to have 20 guys on our team that are all drafts of ours. I don’t think that can happen, but that’s the goal." Florida currently holds the 11th overall pick in next week's NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 21 - 11:07 AM

The Florida Panthers have acquired Greg McKegg from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Zach Hyman and a 2017 conditional seventh round pick.

This is a trade Florida probably wouldn't have made if not for the fact that Hyman had already told the squad that he wouldn't sign with them. McKegg, 23, had 22 goals and 37 points in 62 AHL games in 2014-15. He'll probably start the 2015-16 season in the minors.
Jun 19 - 3:26 PM

The Florida Panthers will not attempt to re-sign Scottie Upshall.

Upshall had eight goals and 15 points in 63 games last season. The unrestricted free agent will probably be forced to settle for a pay cut from his 2014-15 salary of $3.5 million.
Jun 19 - 10:41 AM

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