Panther Parkway Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that just one year ago Panther Parkway was born.  I’ve made many decisions in my lifetime, some good, and some….. well…..not so good.  However the decision to leave the network that we were affiliated with for three years and start our own website, has turned out to be one of the best decisions that I could have made.  On September 7th of 2012, this story was published telling our loyal readers of the good news.  While The Rat Trick was where we started, leaving that site and starting Panther Parkway has turned out to be a bigger success than we originally thought.

We still have some work to do on the site itself, however I truly believe that we have established ourselves in the blogosphere as a premiere site for all your Florida Panthers information, as well as other stories of interest in and around the NHL.  As we approach the start of the regular season, we’re looking to make some cosmetic changes to the site which will include a new format, a new design, and some additional surprises along the way.  Our podcast, Panther Parkway Radio, hosted by Paige Lewis has received rave reviews, and we’ll continue to do those on a regular basis.  We also have plans to do some very unique “in game” and “post game” work for our home games this season.  We invite you to continue coming to our site on a daily basis.   In addition, please make sure that you continue following all of us on Twitter, and if you haven’t already, go and “like” our Facebook Fan Page!

Life has been significantly better for me at least since the move was made, and I want to personally thank all of our loyal fans that read and interact with us on a daily basis.  We appreciate your feedback, and really enjoy the conversations that we have.  I’ve made a number of friends the along the way, and while I also seem to have lost a few as well, I would like everyone to know that my passion for this sport runs very deep.  Don’t take anything that I say to heart.  It’s that passion that all of us here at Panther Parkway share, and is also what motivates us to do the work we do.

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Panther Parkway Chosen to Represent the Florida Panthers in Puck Daddy’s “National Hockey League of Nations” Project

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Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Logo

A couple of weeks ago, Greg Wyshynski announced that he and the boys over at Yahoo’s very controversial and hilarious “Puck Daddy” would be creating an interactive summer project which would include the help of 30 chosen team writers/blogs from around the league. The project titled “National Hockey League of Nations”, which began on August 1st, was created in honor of the NHL and the IIHF finally deciding upon the inevitable, which would see the players of the NHL in attendance at the 2014 Winter Olympics games in Sochi, Russia.

Here is how the project works: Already starting with the Anaheim Ducks and continuing on in alphabetical order, Puck Daddy has chosen a blog from each NHL team, who were instructed to make a list of their teams best “all-time” players from around the world. For instance: If you are the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, or New York Rangers, it’s obvious that Wayne Gretzky is the greatest Canadian to ever be apart of your franchises, EVEN if he only played for the Blues for a short stint. Or if you’re the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, or New Jersey Devils, it’s a no brainer that Jaromir Jagr is the greatest Czech born player to ever don these colors, (even if he was useless for the Stars, and hasn’t technically played a game for the Devils, yet).

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New Panther Parkway Radio! Corban Knight, Jonathan Huberdeau, Free Agency, & Trades.

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This week we talk about Corban Knight, Jonathan Huberdeau, Stephen Weiss and more! Plus find out how nerdy David Lasseter is, hear more about Paige’s love affair with the Pens, Josh brings in Star Wars….and oh ya.. hear a little bit of Frank being  #insensitive….

3/28/2013 Panther Parkway Radio

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A Look Towards The Future: Drew Shore

For the past couple of seasons the Florida Panthers have been one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League. As much as I hate to say that, it’s true. However, despite years of mediocrity, things seem to finally be changing. The addition of Dale Tallon as the general manager might just be the best thing to have ever happen to this once struggling franchise. Even though the team saw great success last year, the offense wasn’t very good. This has been a problem for the Panthers over the years; however, with young players such as Jonathan Huberdeau, Sean Bergenheim, and Kris Versteeg showing fantastic promise, things seem to be headed in the right direction for this Panthers offense.

Another one of these young players that not too many people know about is Drew Shore. After a great career with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program U-17 team and U-18 team, Shore was drafted by the Florida Panthers with the 44th overall pick during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  However, after he was drafted by the Panthers, he decided to play college hockey at the University of Denver. While at the University of Denver, Shore excelled to the top of the depth chart and during his last season as a Pioneer, he scored a career best 53 points (22 goals, 31 assist). His above average knowledge went along great with his great mobility and size. Not only can Shore skate well, but he can also get a little physical if he needs to.

Shore was able to join the Rampage last season towards the end of the year. In his eight games played, he scored a total three points (1 goal, 2 assist). This season is a little bit different. In his first full season with the Rampage, Shore has stepped up to be one of the leaders of this team. In the 28 games that he has played in so far, Shore has posted a total of 18 points. His total of 18 points puts him in second place on the team for most points, behind Jon Rheault.  It is good to see the Panthers continuously developing young talent who is succeeding. Hopefully Shore can continue to put up these numbers for the rest of the season. Although he probably won’t see action in a Panthers uniform this season coming up; however, if he can continue to play like this, it won’t be long before he finds his way into the big leagues.

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A Look Towards The Future: Jacob Markstrom

Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsAuthor: Canada Hky

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Author: Canada Hky

Let’s face it; ever since the Florida Panthers traded star goaltender Roberto Luongo to the Vancouver Canucks, they have been desperately trying to find a replacement goaltender. Since then we have seen players like Tomas Vokoun, Jose Theodore, and Scott Clemmensen take over as the man in between the pipes. The Panthers thought they have found their new guy when they brought in Tomas Vokoun. Despite playing well for four seasons in a Florida uniform, the team wasn’t having overall success. The Panthers then decided to go in a different direction, by signing Jose Theodore as their starting goalie prior to last year. The move turned out to be a success as the Panthers were able to clinch a playoff spot by winning the Southeast Division. Although Theodore helped lead the team to the playoffs, there were tons of rumors going around that Luongo wanted to come back to the Panthers; however, that never happened. During this span of  six years, the Panthers decided it would be a good idea to draft a goalie and groom him in the AHL. The goalie that was drafted was Jacob Markstrom. [Read more...]

A Look Towards The Future: Alex Petrovic

There are a lot of fantastic young players who have the potential to be great one day playing currently playing for the San Antonio Rampage. While the team is stacked to the top with these great young prospects, a few of them really stick out. One of those players is defender Alex Petrovic. Alex Petrovic was selected by the Florida Panthers 36th overall during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. You might recall that that was the same year that the Florida Panthers selected Erik Gudbranson with the 3rd overall selection.  The decision to go with two defenders within the first couple of rounds showed that the Panthers were slowly, but surely trying to get younger at the position. So far we have all seen what Gudbranson could do; however, we have yet to see what Petrovic could do in a NHL uniform. Hopefully we get a chance to see just what the youngster could do. [Read more...]

A Look Towards The Future: Jonathan Huberdeau

When Dale Tallon took over as the Florida Panthers general manager on May 17th, 2010, a sense of hope was restored into, let’s be honest a franchise that wasn’t very good. In his first draft as the Panthers GM, Tallon took Erik Gudbranson, the big defender, who at the time was a young 18 years old. After watching Gudbranson play a full season with the Panthers, I think it is safe to say that that pick was definitely a home run, as the sky is the limit for Gudbranson. [Read more...]

Progress Report: Filip Kuba

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Author: Wknight94

Ever since the lockout became official, multiple players throughout the league decided it was in their best interest to take their talents overseas. There has been many high profile players signing with teams overseas, such as Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Florida Panthers are a team that has seen a lot of their talent go overseas. The team has seen the departure of players such as Dmitry Kulikov, Sean Bergenheim, Tomas Kopecky, Filip Kuba, Mike Santorelli, and Marcel Goc. [Read more...]

Filip Kuba Headed To HC Vitkovice Steel

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Author: Michael Miller

It is now official. The Florida Panthers have lost yet another player due to the NHL lockout. Filip Kuba, one of the newest members of the Florida Panthers, is now the newest member of HC Vitkovice Steel.  Filip Kuba, who recently signed a two year, $8 million deal with the Panthers this past offseason, is now taking his talents back to his native country of the Czech Republic. Kuba had previously played with HC Vitkovice on both a junior level and a professional level.

Throughout his nearly 15 year long career in the National Hockey League, Kuba has never been the guy who can completely take over a game; however, he has been as consistent as they come. Kuba, who isn’t exactly a goal scorer, gains most of his points every year by assists. Not only is he a great passer, he is also a very good defender. The one big knock on Kuba is he fails to make good use of his size. Standing at 6’4 and weighing in at around 225 pounds, Kuba should be known for being a big physical defender, but he is not. Once hockey starts back up here in America, it should be interesting to see exactly how he will fit in with this Panther team. Hopefully it ends up being a good signing for the Panthers, and at four million dollars a year, it better be.

The Panthers gave Kuba the contract they did because last year, Kuba was very productive. Even at 35, Kuba showed that he still has what it takes to produce for a team, scoring 32 points off of 6 goals and 26 assists. Despite what was a fantastic year, Kuba will be turning 36 next month. We Panther fans are hoping that he could continue to be productive even though he is getting up there in age. With the loss of Jason Garrison, Kuba needs to produce at a high level on both the offensive side and the defensive side.

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Panther Players Injured Overseas

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Author: Michael Miller

The NHL lockout is never a fun topic to talk about. As all of us fans continue to pray that the two sides stop being so stubborn and come to an agreement, players throughout the league are continuously signing with teams overseas. For the Florida Panthers, we have seen many of our players go across the ocean. Whether it was our great young defender, Dmitry Kulikov, or one of our veterans such as Tomas Kopecky, multiple players from the Florida Panthers have decided to go to Europe to get some playing time in untill the lockout is settled.

When a player chooses to go play overseas, they know there is a huge risk involved. The style of hockey that is played in the Eastern side of the world is much different from what they’re used to here in the states. Even with the chance of injury being there, the players still go overseas nonetheless. In my opinion, one of the biggest reasons for the move overseas is you cannot go a whole year without contact and then just play at the same level once hockey starts up again. Unfortunately with contact, there are always injuries. I never enjoy watching players get injured in any sport, no matter who the player is, or what team that player plays for. For example, it is safe to say that I am not a fan of Sidney Crosby, however, when he went down with his concussion, I knew that hit could completely change his career. In two seasons since, Crosby was only able to play a total of 63 games. Injuries are a very serious thing, and as a fan, it hurts a lot more when it’s a player from your favorite team. [Read more...]

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