Panthers Re-Sign Defenseman Erik Gudbranson

On Thursday afternoon, the Florida Panthers announced the re-signing of RFA Erik Gudbranson to a 2-year deal.

From the Panthers press release:

“Erik is an important part of our young core of talented players who we are pleased to have signed,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told the team’s website. “He is a big, strong and physical defenseman who is one of the building blocks for our team. We look forward to his continued development and his contributions to the South Florida community.”

Gudbranson, 22, is a former 3rd overall draft pick in the 2010 draft and kicked off Dale Tallon’s tenure as the general manager of the Panthers. The Orleans, Ontario native is coming off of a career-high 9 points (3G-6A-9P) and 114 penalty minutes.

The 6’5, 216lb Gudbranson, known for his efforts within the South Florida community, was recently awarded the Panthers Community Ambassador of the Year.

 

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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 Radio: Jeff Marek Discusses Mackenzie Weegar, Free Agency, Draft Day & More!

Tune in to tonight’s show where we discuss the biggest Florida Panthers news of the week with Jeff Marek!

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Jameson Cooper and Jeff Marek of Hockey Central

Topics

  • SportsNet
  • What does Mackenzie Weegar do for the Panthers blue line?
  • Ekblad discussion
  • Panthers draft discussion
  • Is Florida an attractive free agent destination?
  • Best free agents for Florida

New Episode Here

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Florida Panthers and the Role of Leadership in the NHL

The leadership debate has been kicked into high gear recently in the hockey world and everyone who’s everyone is throwing in their two cents (5 cents if you’re from Canada). Leadership is a tricky notion in any realm to define and quantify, but in the sports world leadership is more like an omnipotent force than quantifiable trait. The inspiration for this piece comes from Steve (Dangle) Glynn, who debates the quantities/qualities of leadership in this video: http://theleafsnation.com/2014/4/7/leadership-in-hockey-what-s-that

Steve questions whether or not leadership is even real, if it’s tangible based on goals, hits, motivational speeches etc. It’s a great video; I’d check it out if I were you.

So what is it? What is leadership?

To re-hash and expand on what Steve said: Is leadership defined by production? Fighting? The notion of clutch-ness? (That’s a whole other can of worms)

Is it defined by being vocal in the locker room? On the bench? On the ice?

Is it by example? Putting your body on the line to help your team win? Attending charity events? Being available to the media no matter the situation?

Is it how you interact with your teammates? Patting them on the back when they do something right? Teaching them when they did something wrong? Calming them down when they’re making mistakes?

Is it just being old? How many cups you’ve won? How many years you’ve been in the league?

To me, leadership is a mixed bag. It’s a combination/selection of everything I listed above and more.

You can sense leadership in sport (and life, really) at any level, from the professional grade to the beer league. There are people who others gravitate to for inspiration, support, guidance or security. There are people who possess those unquantifiable quantifiable qualities that make people gravitate to them.

The term “Leadership” is used so often these days so it’s not insane to see why it’s been watered down and questioned as much as it is being. When a team wins or loses, part of that result was due to what we call leadership. Players cite their captains, alternates, goal scorers, grinders, goalies, coaches etc. as people who were impactful on the game’s outcome. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes and are defined by the many variations of leadership. There’s not just one answer, there’s not just one quality, leadership is an orchestra.

When it comes to a team’s captaincy group, I have no doubt that whoever makes the decision takes all of these qualities into account. Technically a team only has captains and alternates so that there is a designated group of people to talk to officials. Obviously that has evolved into what we have today. Being a captain or an alternate is seen as a prestigious honor.

We rank the best captains; we debate if a player should be captain, we even put more weight on a goal when it was scored by a captain or when captains fight! Obviously leadership matters in the NHL and whatever you quantify leadership as it has an impact on how you watch the game and how the game is played.

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Flyers

Stars of the game

1st: Claude Giroux (2-0-2)

2nd: Vincent Lecavalier (1-1-2)

3rd: Jonathan Huberdeau (1-0-1)

Goals (Flyers 5, Panthers 2)

PHI: Vincent Lecavalier (20)  Assist: Adam Hall

PHI: Claude Giroux (26) Assists: Nicklas Grossman, Luke Schenn

PHI: Claude Giroux (27) Assists: Mark Streit, Scott Hartnell

PHI: Sean Couturier (11) Assists: Braydon Coburn, Matt Read

FLA: Erik Gudbranson (3) Assists: Scottie Upshall, Vincent Trocheck

FLA: Jonathan Huberdeau (9) Assists: Drew Shore, Colby Robak

PHI: Tye McGinn (4) Assists: Vincent Lecavalier, Adam Hall

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Game Day Preview: Flyers vs. Panthers. Don’t Worry We’re Gonna Find A Way.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: 40-29-9 (89 PTS.) vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS: 28-43-8 (64 PTS).

TSN GAMEDAY

GAME DAY SONG:  Waiting On A Sunny Day.  Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

This will be the third and final meeting of the season between the Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers, who have split the previous games with each team winning at home.  Both games were low scoring as the Flyers beat the Panthers 2-1 back in October, and the Panthers beat the Flyers 3-1 in late November.

The Flyers come into this game having gone 4-4-2 in their last 10 games, but they were 1-4-2 in a recent seven game stretch before beating the lowly Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Sunday.  They’ll be looking to punch out another victory against a Florida Panther team that is right now playing the role of spoiler, especially after Sunday’s comeback victory over the Dallas Stars.  The Flyers who have a totally different look since the last time they came in for a visit, find themselves in a dog fight for a playoff spot.

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Should He Stay or Should He Go?

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Hurricanes

Stars of the game

1st: Jiri Tlusty (2G-0A-2P)

2nd: Anton Khudobin (35-35 saves – 1.000 sv%)

3rd: Jeff Skinner (1G-0A-1P)

Goals (Hurricanes 3, Panthers 0)

CAR: Jiri Tlusty (13) Assists: Eric Staal, Brett Bellemore

CAR: Jiri Tlusty (14) Assists: Andrei Loktionov, Justin Faulk

CAR: Jeff Skinner (28) Assists: Patrick Dwyer

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Game Day Preview: Panthers vs. Maple Leafs. One False Move, And Baby The Lights Go Out.

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 21-25-7 (49 PTS.) vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: 28-21-6 (62 PTS.)

TSN GAMEDAY

GAME DAY SONG:  The hauntingly perfect Point Blank from 1978, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

After a thrilling and emotional come from behind victory in Detroit on Sunday, the Florida Panthers got beaned in Boston Tuesday night by a score of 6-2.  While the Panthers have had some real character wins this season, it’s difficult to come back from a 4 goal deficit especially against a team like the Boston Bruins.  The Panthers weren’t in the game from the beginning, as the Bruins were all over them putting 19 shots on goal in the opening period.  If not for Tim Thomas, it could have been over in the first 20 minutes.

Slow starts and the excuses for them are beginning to get old, but let’s put that into perspective.  The Panthers have given up the first goal of the game in 33 of 53 games.  Despite the fact that they’ve managed some comebacks, their record is 8-21-4 when the opposition scores first.  That right there will be the biggest factor keeping Florida out of the post season, which as we know is a pipe dream anyway, but at one point there was some hope.  Let’s be brutaly honest, it appears now that any chance has all but faded.

Let’s admit as well that Boston is one of the elite teams in the East, and very difficult to play against.  However when you sit both Erik Gudbranson and Krys Barch two of your most physical players, you don’t stand much of a chance to compete with a team like the Bruins who are known for being nasty, as well as skilled.  Understanding the decision to keep those players out of Tuesday’s game isn’t easy.  Which again points to the fact that the Panthers must be more physical overall, otherwise teams will continue to push them around.

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Game Day Preview: Panthers vs. Hurricanes. I Told A Dream To You

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 18-22-7 (43 PTS.) vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES: 19-18-9 (47 PTS.)

TSN GAMEDAY

GAME DAY SONG: Restless Nights, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

This will be the first meeting of the season between these two former division rivals.  After seeing the Canes six times per year over the last few seasons, it’s been a nice break not to have to face a team that seemingly gives the Panthers fits at the worst possible time.

If things continue to follow pattern tonight for the Panthers, this game should result in a win.  The Panthers who have been looking for consistency may have found it in 2014, albiet not in a positive way, but hey, it’s something.  The Panthers have established a consistent pattern of winning a game, then losing the following game.  That said after being shutout on Thursday night 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks, if the pattern holds true, the Panthers should win tonight.  But those things can’t be counted on, and that’s why they play the games.

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