Player News - Panthers

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Mike Matheson was named Florida's nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Monday.

The award goes annually to the NHLer who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community." Matheson volunteered at food trucks after Hurricane Irma, wrapped presents around Christmas and hosted a floorball clinic at a local school. The NHL will reveal three finalists on April 30.
Apr 24 - 10:06 AM

Roberto Luongo has been picked as a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Luongo bounced back from injuries to his hand and groin in 2017-18 and posted solid numbers. The 39-year-old netminder had a record of 18-11-2 with 2.47 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in 35 appearances. His efforts nearly got the Panthers into the postseason, but the team ended up falling short. Luongo also delivered a great and emotional speech following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on a night when Florida honored the victims.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 21 - 1:24 PM

Aleksander Barkov has been nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy.

Barkov had 27 goals, 78 points and 14 penalty minutes in 79 games this season. He wasn’t chosen as one of the finalists for the Selke Trophy, so it’s nice to see him get some recognition for his outstanding season. Vegas’ William Karlsson and Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly have also been nominated for the Lady Byng Award.
Source: TVA Sports
Apr 20 - 6:37 PM

Aleksander Barkov was a notable omission among the three Selke Trophy finalists, which were announced on Wednesday.

Boston's Patrice Bergeron, Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar were selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Barkov was thought to be a strong contender for the league's best defensive forward award during the regular season. His numbers also stack up well against the finalists, but Florida not making the playoffs may have played a factor in him not being nominated.
Apr 19 - 9:14 AM

Connor Brickley is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Brickley may not be back with the Florida Panthers after he was a healthy scratch in 27 of the final 33 games of the season. He posted four goals and 12 points in 44 matches.
Apr 13 - 9:47 AM

Radim Vrbata confirmed Tuesday morning that he plans to retire.

"Next year, I'm just going to be a dad," Vrbata said. "After a career like that and three little kids going back to Czech for good, they'll be enough to do just being around the family. I was involved with my hometown team [BK Mlada Boleslav] for five years before. I think that's something I'll get back to. ... I think that's it. This was my last game as a player." Vrbata played in 1,057 career contests, including 42 with Florida in 2017-18. He notched 284 goals and 623 points.
Apr 13 - 9:44 AM

Alex Petrovic will be a restricted free agent for the third time this off-season.

Petrovic got a two-year, $2.1 million contract in 2015 and he signed a one-year, $1.85 million contract in 2017. "I'd love to sign a long-term deal, but they need to trust me coming into next year being a good player," Petrovic said. "Whatever pans out, I'm just going to come in in great shape and just be a good player, play my role. That's all I can control."
Apr 13 - 9:41 AM

Henrik Borgstrom is eager for the start of the 2018-19 season after he got a taste of NHL action at the end of the year.

"I'm hoping for a big role next year, but it's up to me if I'm ready to take the role," Borgstrom said. "It's tough to say. There's a lot of good players. I just got to — classic words — just got to work hard, try to do my best." He played in four games during the final month of the season. The Panthers will give him every opportunity to earn a roster spot.
Apr 12 - 10:14 AM

Owen Tippett will get another chance in 2018-19 to stay at the NHL level.

Tippett skated in seven games with the Florida Panthers during the first month of the season before returning to the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL. "I like young players. I like to put them into the fire and let them develop, on-the-job type training," said GM Dale Tallon. "It worked this year for our young defensemen. I have no qualms. If they're the best players at training camp, they'll be in the lineup." He is hopeful that Tippett can make an impact next year.
Apr 12 - 10:11 AM

The ankle injury that James Reimer was dealing with wasn't serious.

Reimer was pulled from the season finale due to the ailment. However, he believes he would have been fine to play in Game 1 had the Panthers made the playoffs. In other words, there shouldn't be any issues by the time training camp starts.
Apr 10 - 1:04 PM

Roberto Luongo will return for the 2018-19 campaign.

Luongo is signed through 2021-22, but there was an outside chance that the 39-year-old would decide to retire this summer. He's ruled that out though. He had an 18-11-2 record, 2.47 GAA, and .929 save percentage in 35 contests.
Source: TSN.ca
Apr 10 - 12:25 PM

Aaron Ekblad plans to join Team Canada for the 2018 World Championship.

Ekblad last played in the Worlds back in 2015. He excelled during that tournament with four goals and seven points in 10 contests. Team Canada won the Gold Medal that year.
Apr 10 - 12:04 PM

Roberto Luongo has been chosen as the NHL's second star of the week.

Luongo posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.59 goals-against average and .955 save percentage in four appearances during the week ending Apr. 8. He also became just the third goaltender in NHL history to reach the 1,000th game milestone. Luongo also ranks fourth in all-time wins with 471.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 9 - 5:21 PM

Evgenii Dadonov potted his 28th goal of the season in Sunday's 4-2 win over Boston.

Dadonov stopped Boston's comeback bid with an insurance goal with 1:49 remaining in the third period. He posted two goals and three assists during a five-game point streak to finish the season. Dadonov proved to be a great addition to the Panthers' roster with 65 points in 74 contests.
Apr 9 - 10:26 AM

Maxim Mamin found the back of the net in a 4-2 win over Boston on Sunday night.

Mamin gave the Panthers a 3-1 lead at the 13:33 mark of the second period and his third goal of the season held up as the game winner. He had three shots in 9:09 of ice time. Mamin earned four points in 26 matches this year.
Apr 9 - 10:21 AM


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