Panthers Extend Qualifying Offers to Seven Players

On Monday afternoon, the Florida Panthers announced that Dale Tallon has extended qualifying offers to seven players.

Qualified players and notable stats:

  • D Erik Gudbranson: (Last season NHL totals) 63 games played, 9 points (3G-6A), 114 PIMs, 91 blocked shots, 158 hits, and Corsi F: 51.2%
  • F Jimmy Hayes: (Last season NHL totals) 55 games played, 18 points (11G-7A), 18 PIMs, 115 hits, 72 shots, 15.3% shooting percentage, and Corsi F: 47.5%
  • D Dmitry Kulikov: (Last season NHL totals) 81 games played, 19 points (8G-11A), 66 PIMs, 127 shots, 125 hits, 92 blocked shots, 21:41 TOI, and Corsi F: 51.2%
  • F Ryan Martindale: Played in AHL with the San Antonio Rampage.
  • D Dylan Olsen: (Last season NHL totals) 44 games played, 12 points (3G-9A), 116 hits, 55 blocked shots, and Corsi F: 51.1%
  • F Brandon Pirri: (Last season NHL totals) 49 games played, 25 points (13G-12A), 16.3% shooting percentage, 44.9% face-off, and Corsi F: 51.7%
  • F Garrett Wilson: (Last season NHL totals) 3 games played, 0 points, 4 shots, 11 hits, and Corsi F: 45.9%  (Played majority of the year in AHL)

The Panthers did not extend qualifying offers to Anthony Luciani, Jonathan Hazen, and Mattias Lindstrom.

Player Usage Chart for the 7 who were qualified (Courtesy of Extra Skater)

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(No information on AHLer Ryan Martindale)

 

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Sabres

Stars of the game

1st: Roberto Luongo (25-25 saves – Shutout)

2nd: Jesse Winchester (1G-0A-1P)

3rd: Michal Neuvirth (42-44 saves -.955 sv%)

Goals (Panthers 2 , Sabres 0 )

FLA: Jesse Winchester (9) (Powerplay) Assists: Scottie Upshall, Scott Gomez

FLA: Dmitry Kulikov  (7) (Powerplay) Assists: Brad Boyes, Nick Bjugstad

Highlight

Roberto Luongo made his 2nd debut with the Florida Panthers, recording the first shut out the Panthers have seen since March 12, 2012 (Jose Theodore)

Quote of the game

“It was nice, it was a great reception right from the start of the game. I thought the boys played really well. I was really impressed by the speed that we generated. The future is very promising.”

-Roberto Luongo

Tweet of the game

Next Up

The Florida Panthers take on the Boston Bruins at the BB&T Center, on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Leafs

1st: Nazem Kadri (0G-3A-3P)

2nd: James van Riemsdyk (1G-1A-2P)

3rd: Tim Gleason (0G-1A-1P)

Goals (Leafs 6, Panthers 3)

FLA: Bjugstad (12) Assists: Scottie Upshall, Drew Shore

FLA: Sean Bergenheim (13) Assists: Brad Boyes, Scott Gomez

TOR: Cody Franson (4) Assists: Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk

TOR: Mason Raymond (14) Assists: Troy Bodie, Tim Gleason

TOR: James Van Riemsdyk (22) (Power Play) Assists: Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf

TOR: Nikolai Kulemin (8) Assists: Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri

TOR: Joffrey Lupul (16) (Power Play) Assists: Nazem Kadri, Morgan Reilly

FLA: Dmitry Kulikov (6) Assists: Marcel Goc

TOR: Tyler Bozak (10) Assists: Phil Kessel

It’s NOT over

The Panthers record-long power play drought may have been snapped during Tuesday’s game against the Bruins, but they were 0-for-5 tonight against the NHL’s 29th worst PK.

Tweet of the game

Next Up

The Florida Panthers visit the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Bruins

Post game Bs

Three Stars

1st: David Krejci (1G-2A-3P)

2nd: Milan Lucic (2G-0A-2P)

3rd: Shawn Thornton (1G-0A-1P)

Goals

BOS: Milan Lucic (14) Assists: Jarome Iginla, David Krejci

BOS: Zdeno Chara (13) Assists: Torey Krug, David Krejci

BOS: Milan Lucic (15) Assists: Matt Bartkowski, David Krejci

BOS: Reilly Smith (18) (Power Play) Assists: Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson

FLA: Brad Boyes (14) Assists: Nick Bjugstad

FLA: Dmitry Kulikov (5) (Power Play) Assists: Sean Bergenheim, Scott Gomez

BOS: Shawn Thornton (4) Assists: Gregory Campbell 

It’s Over!

The Panthers record-long power play drought was snapped at 43 after a PPG by Dmitry Kulikov at 4:00 of the 3rd period.

Tweet of the game

Quote of the game

“Would have been more fun to watch the State of the Union Address”, Tim Thomas told reporters after the game.

Next Up

The Florida Panthers visit division rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

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Florida Panthers 2013-14 Mid-Season Awards

With 42 games now in the books, it’s safe to say that though they certainly have had their share of ups and downs, the Florida Panthers’ 2013-14 season has already been ripe with both excitement and surprises. After a horrid start that included both a nine-game losing streak as well as the firing of head coach Kevin Dineen, the Panthers have fought their way back into relevance around the league and currently sit in 7th place in the Atlantic Division with an admirable 16-20-6 record.

With newcomers like Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen – who arrived in a trade that sent Kris Versteeg to Chicago – the Panthers have managed to get even younger as their talented group of young prospects continue to blossom as they make their way to the NHL level.

Though the Panthers still face quite an uphill climb towards the playoffs as the season drags on into spring, there is now doubt that under interim head coach Peter Horachek that the team will not lay down for any opponent and continue to develop a new culture of optimism and excellence in South Florida both this season and beyond.

However, before we get too deep into the second half of the season, let us take a look back at the moments and players that stood out through the first 42 games of the 2013-2014 season.

Note: All stats accurate as of the Panthers’ 42nd game of the 2013-14 season. 

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Video: Florida Panthers Showcased on NHL Network’s Top 10 Hits of the Week

After a very rough start to their 2013-2014 season, the Florida Panthers began their uphill climb back to respectability this past week as they earned five out of a possible ten points on their five-game West Coast road trip. Through physical play and determination, the Panthers put themselves in a position to win in nearly every game of their lengthy stay away from home. While they may have not been able to rack up the kind of goals that they had hoped for, there was something the team did dish out in bunches – bruises.

Led by the efforts of defensemen Erik Gudbranson and Dmitry Kulikov, the Panthers rattled consistently rattled their opponents last week and even earned three of the top 10 spots in this week’s top hits from the NHL Network. Out of the ten spots, Gudbranson earned the 10th and 6th best hits of the week, while Kulikov’s throwback hip-check on rookie Nathan MacKinnon earned him the 4th spot.

Enjoy the video below!

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Video: Watch Dmitry Kulikov Hip Check Nathan MacKinnon

It’s Saturday night and the Florida Panthers are celebrating.

In the midst of yet another tumultuous season, the Panthers earned a much needed victory on Saturday as they defeated a formidable Colorado Avalanche team by a final score of 4-1. From start to finish, the team put together one of their most complete games of the season as they were finally able to play a full sixty minutes of exceptional hockey.

With a rare 3-1 lead midway through the 3rd period of Saturday night’s action, the Panthers refused to ease off the gas and continued to put pressure on Avalanche skaters. From smart plays to physicality, the Panthers displayed everything that fans had hoped to see heading into this season.

One Panther in particular who was happy to get back on the right track was defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. With just over a quarter of the 2013-2014 season in the books, Kulikov had been playing some of the worst hockey of his career until tonight’s game. However, like the rest of the team, Kulikov came out against the Avalanche looking like a completely different player than we were accustomed to up until this point. Playing one of his most energetic and physical games of the year, Kulikov finished the night tied for the team lead in hits with 3, including this fantastic hip-check on Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon.

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7th Round Pick Mackenzie Weegar Could Prove to be Draft Day Steal For Panthers

Usually a wasteland reserved for long-term projects, underachievers and question marks, you normally would be hard pressed to find any value in the 7th round of the NHL draft. For every Henrik Zetterberg or Joe Pavelski, there are countless players selected in the 7th round that never come close to suiting up in an NHL game. However, while the odds may be stacked against them, the Florida Panthers may have found their very own 7th round gem in 19-year-old defenseman Mackenzie Weegar.

Already a success story in his own right, Weegar’s path to the Panthers was hardly paved with gold as the young defenseman has seemingly had a cloud of adversity hanging over his head much like so many rain clouds that hover over the Sunshine State.

After two consecutive years of going unnoticed and un-drafted by the OHL, a disappointed Weegar made his way to waivers. With his hockey future in doubt, Weegar’s career found new life when the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies selected him first overall in the OHL waiver draft. Soon thereafter, Halifax Mooseheads’ General Manager, Cam Russell, completed a trade for Weegar, sending a 2012, 9th round pick to the Huskies. Even though he had finally made it to the QMJHL, Weegar made the decision to return to Ontario to play Junior A in the CCHL for the Nepean Raiders. After tasting success with the Raiders, Weegar made a mid-season decision to commit to Halifax for the 2012-13 season.

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Florida Panthers’ 2013 Player Grades: Defense

Erik Gudbranson. Photo Source: Michael Miller/ Wikipedia Commons

Erik Gudbranson.
Photo Source: Michael Miller/ Wikipedia Commons

With the disappointing 2012-2013 season on its’ way to being understandably forgotten by both fans and players alike, we must take one final moment to begrudgingly relive the events of this year as I hand out my end of the season player grades. Although the Panthers were only able to muster a pedestrian 15-27-6 record – good enough for last in the entire NHL – there were still a few players that can look back on this season with pride.

While many players will be receiving grades that would merit summer school, there are a few skaters with bodies of work good enough to be hung up on the refrigerator. Considering the amount of call-ups and short lived NHL appearances by skaters due to frequent Panther injuries this season, I have decided to grade only players who competed in at least 20 games this season.

For this report card I will be taking a look at the Panthers’ ill-fated defensive unit. After seeing some improvement last season, the Panthers’ defense took a big step backward as they finished the season last in NHL in goals allowed per game (3.54). Frequent mental lapses and an inability to clear dangerous pucks were just two of the numerous problems that defined the team’s defensive struggles this season. Considering just how bad the Panthers’ defense looked almost every game, you will be hard pressed to find too many good grades below.

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