Panther Parkway Radio: Season Review, Coaching, Draft, Free Agency & Who Should Stay?

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

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Frank Rekas, Dave Lasseter, Jameson Cooper and Mike Lewis (no relations to Paige)

Topics

  • Season Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
  • Coaching change?
  • Draft Lottery/Draft Day
  • 5 guys you would want in Free Agency
  • Veterans. Who stays, who goes?
  • Does Dan Ellis have a future with the Cats?
  • Tanner Glass makes the world go ’round.

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Panthers Kickoff 2014 Offseason With Draft Lottery Tuesday

Just days after the final game of the 2013-14 regular season, the Florida Panthers are set to begin their first offseason under new ownership headed by Vincent Viola. Though the team hopes to solve most of their roster problems in free agency, the first important event of the 2014 offseason kicks off tomorrow night with the annual NHL Draft Lottery.

Set to begin at 8 p.m., ET, the Panthers will have an 18.8% chance at winning this year’s top pick after finishing 29th in the NHL with a final record of 29-45-8.

Given that no team can slide more than one spot back of their finishing position, the Panthers are guaranteed at least a top-three pick in this year’s draft regardless of what luck they may or may not have tomorrow night.

The chance to win this year’s first-overall selection for every lottery team is as follows:

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Blue Jackets

Stars of the game

1st: Ryan Johansen (1G-1A-2P)

2nd: Jimmy Hayes (1G-0A-1P)

3rd: Mark Letestu (1G-0A-1P)

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Leafs

Stars of the game

1st: Nick Bjugstad (2G-1A-3P)

2nd: Brad Boyes (1G-1A-2P)

3rd: Sean Bergenheim (0G-2A-2P)

Goals (Panthers 4, Leafs 2)

FLA: Brandon Pirri (13) Assists: Quinton Howden, Brian Campbell

TOR: Tyler Bozak (19) Assists: Jake Gardiner, James van Riemsdyk

FLA: Brad Boyes (21) Assists: Nick Bjugstad, Sean Bergenheim

FLA: Nick Bjugstad (15) Assists: Sean Bergenheim, Brad Boyes

FLA: Nick Bjugstad (16) (Short-Handed) Assists: Tomas Fleischmann, Colby Robak

TOR: Paul Ranger (6) Assists: Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner

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Brandon Pirri: “I have a role on this team”

In the midst of yet another rebuild, the Florida Panthers will certainly have a lot of question marks to address this offseason. Rookie center Brandon Pirri isn’t one of them.

Acquired in a pre-deadline deal with the Chicago Blackhawks on March 2, Pirri, 22, has quickly become one of the Panthers’ most reliable and productive forwards on a team that has been bereft of offense for the majority of the season.

“It’s been good. The transition has been easy,” Pirri said of his first month in Florida. “Very comfortable, great locker room here.”

In 46 games split between Chicago and Florida, Pirri has tallied 23 points (12-11-23), placing him 25th in the NHL among rookies while playing in significantly fewer games than those ahead of him.

Brandon Pirri ( Kelsey Hinds @Kelsey1344 )

Brandon Pirri ( Kelsey Hinds @Kelsey1344 )

Additionally, since the trade deadline, Pirri’s performance has actually been on par with some of the biggest names that changed uniforms roughly one month ago.

With a post-deadline point total of 12 (6-6-12), Pirri has been producing around the same rate as Matt Moulson (10), Thomas Vanek (14) and Marion Gaborik (11). And unlike the three aforementioned forwards, Pirri has been doing the majority of his damage from the third line.

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Stars

Stars of the game

1st: Sean Bergenheim (1G-0A-1P- GW Goal)

2nd: Brandon Pirri (1G-1A-2P)

3rd: Tyler Seguin (1G-1A-2P)

Goals (Panthers 3, Stars 2)

DAL: Jamie Benn (33)  Assists: Tyler Seguin, Trevor Daley

DAL: Tyler Seguin  (36) (Power Play) Assists: Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley

FLA: Scottie Upshall (15) Assists: Erik Gudbranson, Brandon Pirri

FLA: Brandon Pirri (12) Assists: Jimmy Hayes, Bobby Butler

FLA: Sean Bergenheim (16) Assists: Colby Robak, Scott Gomez

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Luongo Returns to Panthers in 2-1 Loss to Flames

After suffering a mild-concussion on March 27th against the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo finally reclaimed his spot between the pipes as the team kicked off their season ending homestand against the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

During his three game absence, the Panthers struggled to keep opponent’s scoring low, allowing 14 total goals as veteran backups Scott Clemmensen and Dan Ellis tried to hold down the fort.

Competing in his 800th career NHL game, Luongo admittedly showed signs of rust as the Panthers fell to the Flames by a final score of 2-1.

“I think I felt a hair off as far as my game is concerned,” Luongo said. “I only had one practice and jumped right into the game. It’ll get better as the next couple days go by.”

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Islanders

Stars of the game

1st: Josh Bailey (1G-1A-2P)

2nd: Colin McDonald (0G-2A-2P)

3rd: Mike Halmo (1G-0A-1P)

Goals (Islanders 4, Panthers 2)

FLA: Quinton Howden (4) (Short-handed) Assists: Unassisted

NYI: Travis Hamonic (3) (Power Play) Assists: Josh Bailey

NYI: Josh Bailey (7) Assists: Colin McDonald, Ryan Strome

NYI: Matt Martin (8) Assists: Colin McDonald

NYI: Mike Halmo (1) Assists: Casey Cizikas

FLA: Brandon Pirri (11) (Power Play) Assists: Brian Campbell, Dmitry Kulikov

Highlight

Jonathan Racine made his NHL debut, posting 15:35 0f ice-time, 2 penalty minutes, 4 blocked shots, 1 hit (huge hit) and a -1 rating.

Quote of the game

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Tweet of the game

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Video of the game

Next Up

The Florida Panthers take on the Calgary Flames at the BB&T Center, on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Tune into FOX Sports Florida to catch all of the action!

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Panthers Recall F Bobby Butler and D Jonathan Racine

The wave of call-ups continues for the Florida Panthers as Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that F Bobby Butler and D Jonathan Racine have been recalled from the San Antonio Rampage (AHL).

Butler, 26, has played in 128 career National Hockey League games with Ottawa (2009-12), New Jersey (2013) and Nashville (2013), recording 48 points (20-28-48) while trying to find a foothold in the NHL. Though he didn’t make the Panthers’ roster out of training camp, Butler has shined as one of the Rampage’s best and most reliable players this season, recording 45 points (21-24-45) and 12 penalty minutes.

Racine, 20, has appeared in 48 games for San Antonio this season, collecting six points (0-6-6) and 85 penalty minutes as one of the team’s top enforcers.

A former third-round pick (87th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Racine will hope to make his NHL debut tonight against the New York Islanders at 7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Florida.

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Panther Parkway Radio: Game Recap, Brad Boyes, College Cats, Trading & Free Agency

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

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Jameson Cooper, Mike Lewis (no relations to Paige) and Mike Obrand!

Topics

  • Montreal Game Recap
  • Should the Panthers finish season on a high note?
  • Brad Boyes slowing down without Barkov
  • What position do the Panthers need to address first and foremost?
  • College Cats
  • Should we trade out first round pick?

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