Every year, at the ripe old age of 18, junior hockey players push themselves as hard as they can for one sole purpose, to get drafted into the NHL. A player’s main goal is to get drafted either first, second or third so that he may get a chance to play right away in the NHL to help a struggling team.
Every year the first, second and third overall drafted players do in fact play in the big leagues right away. But, as we look at 2010, this has changed. Both Hall and Seguin impressed in camp, but third overall Erik Gudbranson, who was picked by the struggling Florida Panthers, did not make the move to the NHL, despite making the team out of training camp.
Reasoning behind this? He felt...
Ah, yes. As we draw closer to the trade deadline we continue to hear more and more rumours unfold which spark our interest. Faster and faster the rumour mill turns as it gives us insight on possibilities of trades which may give our teams that extra boost to make it into to playoffs.
Most rumours turn out to be complete hogwash, but every now and then a rumour comes along that makes sense for both sides. Last night I come across a rumour which makes sense for both teams involved, the Montreal Canadiens and my Florida Panthers, so I thought I’d share it with you.
To Montreal: C-Stephen Weiss 3.1M UFA 2013
To Florida: C-Scott Gomez 7.357M UFA 2014
This trade makes sense f...
The Florida Panthers look to get a second crucial win in back-to-back nights as they head to TD Garden, to take on the Boston Bruins. This will be the last game before the all star break for both teams.
The Panthers currently sit 6 points back of 8th spot in the East. They managed to secure a massive 4-3 victory Tuesday night, as Mike Weaver scored a rare goal late in the third for the victory, the Panthers relinquished a 3-1 lead before Weavers goal, which ironically was the only shot by the Panthers in the third. Tomas Vokoun preserved the victory as he turned faced 35 shots, turning away 32, while the Panthers only tested Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist a mere 17 times.
The Florida Panthers will look to snap a recent 4-game slide tonight in New York, as they prepare to play their second game of a 6-game road trip against the Rangers.
The Panthers, who currently sit 8 points back of a playoff spot in the East, went 3-0 to start a recent home stand, but finished it off with 3 losses in extra time, before dropping one to the New Jersey Devils 5-2 Sunday night to start the road swing.
The Rangers on the other hand are on a 2-game winning streak, with victories over the Atlanta Thrashers and most recently the Washington Capitals on Monday night, both victories were in a shootout, with huge goals via. Mats Zuccarello.
Both teams, despite heading in di...
It seems as if the Florida Panthers are getting use to tight games, as Friday night, the team stretched their streak of consecutive games decided by 1 goal to seven straight.
Cory Stillman got things started early, as he took a pass from Shawn Matthias, off a scramble in front and sent a backhand shot past Dan Ellis for his sixth goal of the season.
The Lightning would then strike with 5:55 remaining in the first, as Steve Downie snapped a shot which beat Tomas Vokoun off a pass from Steven Stamkos for his 4th of the season to tie things up at 1.
Both goaltenders would shut the door from there on out to send the game to overtime. In overtime it was much of the same as neither go...
It seems as though the Florida Panthers are interested in keeping goaltender Tomas Vokoun around after this season is over.
According to the Florida Sun Sentinel, the Panthers are in talks with their number one goaltender to extend his contract beyond this season.
“He’s not definitely gone,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told the Sun Sentinel. “We talked to his agent and while they expressed an interest in staying, we’ve expressed an interest in keeping him, if the offer makes sense.”
The 34-year old Vokoun, a native of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic is in the final year of his current 4-year contract signed back in 2006 when he was a part of the Nashville Predator...
The Florida Panthers maintained their unbeaten streak in 2011 as they downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime Monday night in Raleigh, North Carolina.
After losing a two-goal lead in an arena they’ve struggled to win in, the Florida Panthers had reason to brace for the worst.
It all got started in the first period as Zac Dalpe scored his second goal of the season on a funny play as Scott Clemmensen got caught behind the net with Canes’ forward Troy Bodie. Bodie flicked the puck in front of the net, and Dalpe easily taped it home for the 1-0 lead at 4:13 of the first period. The lead would not last, as Dennis Wideman tied the game up with :32 seconds remaining in the first,...
Despite having the lead twice in the game, it was the Boston Bruins who walked away with the last laugh Monday night, as the Bruins downed the Florida Panthers, 3-2 in a shootout in Sunrise, Florida.
Both goaltenders done a fantastic job keeping the puck out of the net on both ends of the ice, as after the first period both teams entered the dressing room tied 0-0, with Boston outshooting the Panthers 12-10 in the period.
David Booth got things started early in the second as he buried his 9th of the season, as he took a pass from Michael Frolik, and sent a beautiful wrister high over Tim Thomas to give the Panthers the 1-0 lead. Boston would then strike half way through the second, a...
The Florida Panthers returned to their winning ways Saturday night as they handed the New York Islanders their 12th straight loss Saturday night in Long Island. The horrid streak started almost a month ago as the Florida Panthers send the Islanders to a 4-3 loss back on Oct, 23rd.
The Islanders, for only the second time in their 12-game losing streak, drew first blood as Bryan McCabe sent a pass out in front of his own net, only to have it intercepted by Matt Moulson who took the feed and sent it over the right shoulder of Tomas Vokoun for the 1-0 lead, which the Islanders held going into the second period.
Mike Santorelli got things going for the Panthers early in the second period, ...