Panther Parkway Radio: Luongo Returns, Thomas and Goc Traded, Winners and Losers from Trade Deadline Day & More!

Tune in to tonight’s show where we discuss the biggest Florida Panthers news of the week with the acquisition of Roberto Luongo! Also, the guys and gals of Panther Parkway discuss the Tim Thomas and Marcel Goc trades, as well as the winners and losers of Trade Deadline day!

Host: Paige Lewis

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


  • Luongo returns, Matthias and Markstrom traded
  • Tim Thomas traded to Dallas, Dan Ellis traded to Florida
  • Marcel Goc traded to Pittsburgh. Who replaces him?
  • What does the future of our team look like now?
  • Winners and losers of Trade Deadline day.

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Marcel Goc Traded to Pittsburgh in Exchange for Two Draft Picks

With the deadline just hours away, Dale Tallon and Florida Panthers faithful have been plenty busy acquiring the likes of G Roberto Luongo and C Brandon Pirri, while trading Mike Weaver to the Montreal Canadiens for a 5th round pick in 2015. In addition to these acquisitions, the Panthers announced Wednesday afternoon that they have traded C Marcel Goc to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2015 and a 5th round pick in 2014.

Goc, 30, has appeared in 161 games in a Panthers uniform since signing as a free agent in the summer of 2011. Recording 69 points during his 3-year stint with the Cats, the German born NHL veteran has been one of the Panthers more complete players to don the red, gold and blue.

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Sidney Crosby: Goal of the Year Candidate?

Just when you thought you have seen all you can see from Sidney Crosby, he takes it one step further and scores one of the most mind-boggling goals of the season. It all starts with his great effort and back-checking, stealing the puck right out from underneath Thomas Vanek, weaseling his way around rookie defenseman Calvin De Haan and Thomas Hickey, and scoring this beauty to win it in overtime against the slumping New York Islanders.  You can love him, you can hate him, but this was just so…Sidney Crosby.




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Game Day Preview: Penguins vs. Panthers. I Walk The Way I Wanna Walk.


GAME DAY SONG:  Out In The Street. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

Since Kevin Dineen was fired back on November 8th, the Florida Panthers have gone 4-5-1 in the 9 games that interim coach Peter Horachek has coached.  The worst loss of those games came Wednesday night, a game before Thanksgiving, and it looked as though the Panthers had turkey on their minds from the puck drop.  The game besides being a dull, boring affair, proved that the Panthers still have some work to do in spite of some recent success.  Let’s not forget that Florida has the second fewest wins in the NHL, and their overall record is third worst in the league.

Yet it’s not all doom and gloom, as Florida has come a long way since the coaching move, as two other changes that took place may have sent a strong message to the team.  Goaltender Jacob Markstrom was sent to San Antonio to work on his consistency.  Not at all a bad idea for a goaltender who seemed to be fighting some sort of demon this season.  The second move was the trade of forward Kris Versteeg back to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenceman Dylan Olsen and forward Jimmy Hayes.  A move that Versteeg may have played himself into, but on the bright side, the chemistry that Olsen and defensive partner Erik Gudbranson seem to have is uncanny.  Gudbranson looks like a new player, and has played with more confidence and intelligence.  This could be a result of the coaching change as well, but regardless, the Panthers need their defence to tighten up, and for the most part they seem as though they have.

Tim Thomas who has been a workhorse since returning from injury has been one of the most consistent players on the team this year.  Despite his record of 6-8-1, it’s Thomas who has kept the games closer than they should have been.  A familiar story over the past few seasons here in Florida, where goaltending has usually been better than predicted, yet something that can’t be relied on 100%.  Scoring remains to be an issue as the Panthers have scored only 58 goals in 26 games.  Not nearly enough, and that has to improve.

Playing the Penguins tonight, Florida can reflect on a 6-3 victory the last time these two teams met here in Sunrise.  It was their best performance of the season at that time under Kevin Dineen.  Nevermind it was against goaltender Jeff Zatkoff who was making his NHL debut.  Zatkoff who relieved Marc-Andre Fleury on Wednesday, could be in the nets again for this one. In that previous game rookie Aleksander Barkov had his only multi-point game of the season when he scored a goal and added two assists.

The Panthers will need to play a smart game and be aware of all the offensive firepower that the Penguins have. Sidney Crosby is tied on the Penguins in goals with 13 and leads the league in points with 36.  However there’s also Evgeni Malkin (31 points), Chris Kunitz (26 points), James Neal and Jussi Jokinen to keep their eyes on.

While the Panthers now play a more uptempo game, it’s going to be important not to get into a run and gun game with Pittsburgh. The Penguins have too many weapons offensively, and Florida can’t afford to be caught with more than a hand full of odd man rushes against, as well as do their best to stay out of the penalty box.  Mistakes must also be kept to a minimum, and those have been coming from the defence all season.  Since Horachek took over, there have been less, but they are still evident.

This will be game three of the five game homestand, and a victory would certainly put a different outlook on things as the Cats continue to turn this season around.

Thanks for reading.  We welcome your comments and opinions.

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GIF: Sidney Crosby Breaks Nathan Mackinnon

News Flash! Sidney Crosby is still very good…very, very, good.

Currently leading the NHL in almost all important offensive categories, Crosby was unable to break Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere on Monday night as the veteran netminder led the Avalanche to a 1-0 victory over the usually explosive Penguins’ offense. However, even though he wasn’t able to crack the score sheet, Crosby was able to crack something else – Nathan Mackinnon’s ankles.

In .gif below, Mackinnon, 18,  earned one of his first “welcome to the NHL moments” as he found out that keeping up with one of the NHL’s best may be harder than it looks.

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Panthers Rebound In A Big Way Over Pittsburgh

What a difference a day can make in the life of a National Hockey League club. Thursday night, the Florida Panthers were humbled by the Tampa Bay Lightning to extend their losing streak to three games. Things didn’t get to look any easier as the rested 3-0 Pittsburgh Penguins were waiting in Sunrise for the Panthers home opener. Thankfully for the home folks, the Cats were able to keep within in the theme of celebration and posted a 6-3 win.
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Video: Re-Live Aleksander Barkov’s Big Night Against The Penguins

After having gone without a goal since opening night against the Dallas Stars, Panthers’ highly touted rookie Aleksander Barkov proved once again on Friday night why he was selected 2nd overall in last year’s entry draft. Coming off a grueling four-game road trip in which they were only able to earn 2 points in the standings, Barkov and the rest of the Panthers’ offense finally found their groove against the Pittsburgh Penguins who were clearly suffering without the services of starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. By the end of the night, the Panthers had lit up Penguins’ backup netminder Jeff Zatkoff for six goals – three of which involved Barkov – and coasted to victory in front of a raucous opening night crowd at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. In total, Barkov earned 3 points (1G-2A-3P) in the Panthers’ 6-3 victory over the visiting Penguins while consistently showing off both his puck movement and protection abilities.

Although Barkov may not currently have the kind of hype that forwards like Sean Monahan or Tomas Hertl have built up early on this season, it’s performances like tonight that will keep hopes high both for the Panthers’ long-term future as well Barkov’s Calder Trophy hopes this season.

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Game Day Preview: Penguins vs. Panthers. Always The Same




 After a week on the road, the Florida Panthers will finally come home to the friendly confines of south Florida and the BB & T Center to host the Pittsburgh Penguins for their home opener.  The only good thing about the four game road swing was game one, which the Panthers played a very complete game to beat Dallas 4-2.  Since then it’s been a downward sprial with losses to St. Louis, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.  It’s not only that the Panthers have lost three in a row, it’s the way they’ve lost, which has to leave a bad taste in their mouths.

The shellacking in St. Louis, and the beating received in Tampa surrounded a valiant effort In Philadelphia.  However, there is no column for effort, and things need to turn quickly.  The Panthers who have been outscored 16-3 in the three losses must tighten up their defence for one, and must forecheck and backcheck better as well.  Both were problems last season with an injury riddled team.  A reversal of fortune was expected with the addition of veterans Tom Gilbert and Ryan Whitney on defence.   The turnaround has yet to materialize.

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Panther Parkway Radio: Penguins Preview with PensNation, Panthers’ Struggles, Tanner Glass, & More

Tune into tonight’s show while we discuss what to expect during Friday night’s game against the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins, while also discussing the team’s recent struggles. And Tanner Glass.

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Ken Will, Dave Lasseter, Jameson Cooper


  • Penguins 
  • Panthers vs. Penguins
  • Tanner Glass
  • Panthers game against the Flyers
  • Panthers recent struggles
  • Tomas Hertl

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We welcome and encourage comments and feedback!

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Five Potentially Elite Teams in EA Sports’ NHL 14

For over two decades, EA Sports’ NHL Hockey series has been providing fans with the most realistic hockey playing experience that can be achieved while sitting on a couch in the safety of your own home. Through bone crushing hits, dazzling dekes, and dirty snipes, EA’s NHL series has been the premier hockey simulation for quite some time. Whether you constantly find yourself reflecting back on memories of NHL ’94 or used NHL ’13 to help ease the pain of last season’s lockout, EA’s hockey series has meant a lot to fans throughout the years.

Now, with the latest installment of EA’s NHL series to be released on September 10th, I decided to take a look ahead at who the elite teams may be in NHL ’14. After taking time to review team’s current ratings in NHL ’13, as well as offseason transactions, I have compiled a list of the five teams that I believe will be the most dangerous in EA’s newest installment of the series. Keep in mind that a team’s effectiveness in the actual NHL has no real bearing on the team we will see in NHL ’14. I have based my list of teams strictly on in-game ratings, as well as skater’s growth potential after their performances during the 2012-2013 season. It is also important to note that team’s rosters are not set in stone, as several key free agents still remain unsigned.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the list!

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