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Panthers ship Stillman back to Carolina

The Florida Panthers have said farewell to the veteran presence in their lineup as they announced Thursday evening that the club has shipped forward Cory Stillman to Carolina Hurricanes for forward Ryan Carter and a fifth round pick in 2011. The 37-year old, Peterborough native, Stillman is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, and had to agree to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. The 27-year old Ryan has played 3 NHL seasons with the Hurricanes and Ducks combined, he has 12 goals and 32 points in 170 games. Since being signed by the Hurricanes back in 2006, Carter has totalled 163 penalty minutes and boats a minus-3 rating. Stillman was drafted...

Panthers top Sharks

The Florida Panthers finally halted a five-game slide Sunday evening with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks in beautiful Sunrise, Florida. Jason Garrison was the hero of the game as he blasted a shot from the point which beat Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi stick side to break a 2-2 tie with 2:01 remaining in the game. Luckily enough it was Garrison’s third shot from the point on the shift, as Florida had the puck in the Sharks zone for almost a minute. “First shot got through, I think it hit him in the chest or something, the next one was tipped wide and the third one got in,” Garrison said. “You just want to maintain pressure and you want to get loose pucks and get pucks...

Gudbranson; A falling star?

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...

Trade Rumour: Canadiens and Panthers swap centers

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 For To Florida: C-Scott Gomez 7.357M UFA 2014 This trade makes sense f...

Game Day: Panthers-Bruins; Battle of the Goaltenders

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. Tonig...

Game Day: Panthers-Rangers

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...

Panthers lose to Tampa 2-1 in a shootout

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...

Panthers in Contract talks with Tomas Vokoun

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...

Allen nets winner; Panthers down Hurricanes in OT

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,...