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Check out Forbes' top 25 most valuable sports franchises in 2018

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Steve Svekis) — Forbes magazine recently released its list of the most valuable sports franchises. The Miami Dolphins were among the top 25 in the 2017 listing. Click onto the photo gallery above to see if...
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Aaron Ekblad reads to children in Pembroke Pines as part of library initiative

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad spent Tuesday reading to children and parents at the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines.
  • 3 days ago

Aaron Ekblad eager to help lead maturing Panthers to next level

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Craig Davis) — Through the course of reading a book with a Zamboni as the central character to an auditorium full of kids Tuesday, Aaron Ekblad revealed that he has never ridden on an ice-surfacing machine. ...
  • 3 days ago

Panthers sign defenseman Julian Melchiori to play on AHL blue line

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — The Florida Panthers added to their depth on defense by signing defenseman Julian Melchiori to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday morning. Melchiori will join the blue line with Panthers...
  • 8 days ago

Panthers re-sign defenseman Alexander Petrovic to one-year contract

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — The Florida Panthers will have their entire defense under contract for next season. After restricted free agent MacKenzie Weegar filed for arbitration on Thursday afternoon, the team signed...
  • 15 days ago
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Does it matter who Panthers center Aleksander Barkov's linemates are?

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — For the Florida Panthers, almost everything starts with the performance of star center Aleksander Barkov. He’s arguably the best defensive forward in hockey and absorbs massive minutes, all...
  • 15 days ago
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Panthers RFA MacKenzie Weegar files for arbitration, Alexander Petrovic does not

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — Panthers restricted free agent defenseman MacKenzie Weegar filed for arbitration ahead of the league-wide 5 p.m. deadline on Thursday, the NHL Players’ Association announced . Florida...
  • 15 days ago
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Panthers add to AHL depth by signing Paul Thompson, Jacob MacDonald

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — The Florida Panthers made a pair of minor signings Tuesday that will bolster AHL affiliate Springfield’s roster, agreeing to two-year, two-way deals with forward Paul Thompson and defenseman...
  • 19 days ago
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Panthers, Dale Tallon mostly quiet, 'relaxed' during first day of NHL free agency

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — The Florida Panthers’ offseason checklist was not a long one, focused more on tweaking a roster that missed the playoffs by one point instead of overhauling it. The goals were fairly simple. ...
  • 19 days ago
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Dale Tallon on Toronto signing John Tavares: 'But we're going to be a top contender as well'

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — As the Panthers were relatively quiet Sunday when NHL free agency opened, Atlantic Division foe Toronto landed the biggest free agent of the class in center John Tavares. Tavares signed a...
  • 19 days ago
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Panthers add Michael Hutchinson to organizational goaltending depth

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — The Florida Panthers have a new No. 3 goaltender. On the first day of NHL free agency on Sunday, the team signed Michael Hutchinson to a one-year, two-way contract to shore up its...
  • 20 days ago
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Panthers sign 22-year-old center Jared McCann to two-year contract

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — The Florida Panthers forward depth has been secured, most recently with the signing of restricted free agent Jared McCann to a two-year, one-way contract on Sunday afternoon. McCann joins...
  • 20 days ago
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Panthers can plug secondary needs when NHL free agency opens Sunday

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — Panthers general Dale Tallon has insisted and maintained, vowed and swore that his hockey club would not be major players when the NHL’s free agency period opens Sunday. “We’re going to sit...
  • 20 days ago
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Finnish 'man-child' center Sebastian Repo to transition to North America this season

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — Another big Finnish center is North America-bound for the Florida Panthers. Already armed with Aleksander Barkov (6-foot-3 and 213 pounds) and Henrik Borgström (6-foot-3 and 185 pounds), the...
  • 21 days ago
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Meet the forward who centered the Panthers' last two first-round picks at development camp

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — A pair of Florida Panthers first-round picks occupied the same line during the team’s development camp scrimmage on Friday morning, with 2017 first-rounder Owen Tippett on the right wing and...
  • 21 days ago
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Panthers prospect Max Gildon impresses with smooth skating, big frame

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — The NHL is not in Max Gildon’s immediate future. But that doesn’t stop the Florida Panthers from dreaming about the defenseman prospect’s upside. Gildon, a fourth-round pick in last year’s...
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Panthers' Owen Tippett working on defensive side of game as another shot at NHL nears

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — If you wanted to locate Owen Tippett, it’s typically pretty easy to find him. He’s the red-haired winger with the hard shot, the teenager occupying a 200-pounder’s body. On Friday morning,...
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Panthers' Jake Horton has done everything to try and achieve his NHL dream

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Mike Persak) — Jake Horton’s journey to his first development camp is full of almosts. When he was playing juniors with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League, he almost severed his...
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Panthers sign RFA forward Frank Vatrano to one-year contract

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Matthew DeFranks) — The Panthers checked off one of their offseason boxes Friday afternoon, agreeing to terms with restricted free agent forward Frank Vatrano to a one-year contract. According to TSN, the deal is...
  • 22 days ago
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Blog Articles

Weekend Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Did Bure and Luongo get shafted out of major awards? Well, we’ve made through another week of the offseason and are now less than two months away from preseason Florida Panthers hockey! In The...
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Friday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Cyberbullying scandal takes another turn Monika Caryk, the fiancée of recently acquired Florida Panthers left winger Mike Hoffman, has filed an application with the Ontario Superior Court of...
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Thursday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Sharks are going to need a bigger boat The San Jose Sharks were Wednesday’s NHL team of note. San Jose signed center Chris Tierney to a new two-year deal worth $5.875 million, avoiding...
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Wednesday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — More signings to report as summer creeps along ESPN went through the NHL’s 31 teams and categorized them based on offseason improvement. The Florida Panthers were placed in the second tier ...
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Tuesday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Big, new deals for Lindholm and Henrique The Calgary Flames signed recently acquired restricted free agent forward Elias Lindholm to a six-year, $29.1 million contract on Monday. Lindholm...
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Monday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Rest In Peace, Ray Emery Former NHL goaltender Ray “Razor” Emery drowned while swimming in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday. He was just 35-years-old. At 2:50 pm, HPS recovered...
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Weekend Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Cats sign defenseman Julian Melchiori  to a two-way deal The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with depth defenseman Julian Melchiori on a one-year, two-way contract. The 26-year-old...
  • 7 days ago
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Friday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Blackhawks dump Hossa contract in the desert Frequent trade partners, the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks completed a deal that saw the Desert Dogs acquire the final three years of Marian...
  • 8 days ago
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Thursday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Springfield Thunderbirds unveil full 2018-19 schedule On Wednesday, the Springfield Thunderbirds, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, released their full schedule for the 2018-19...
  • 9 days ago
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Wednesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Rival Bolts sign Nikita Kucherov to long extension The Florida Panthers will have to look at Nikita Kucherov whenever they play the Tampa Bay Lightning for quite a long time. Yesterday, Kucherov...
  • 10 days ago
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Tuesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Islanders continue to plug holes The New York Islanders continue to add players in the wake of John Tavares’ depature, signing KHL veteran Jan Kovar to a one-year, $2 million contract. In five...
  • 11 days ago
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Monday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Weekend passes quietly for Cats The weekend passed quietly for the Florida Panthers, with the club making no further moves since signing defenseman Alex Petrovic to a one-year deal. There was...
  • 12 days ago
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Weekend Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Petrovic signs on for another with Cats The Florida Panthers took care of a little more internal housekeeping yesterday, agreeing to terms with defenseman Alexander Petrovic on a one-year,...
  • 14 days ago
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Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar files for arbitration

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Alex Petrovic decides not to file Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar was one of 43 NHL players who filed for arbitration yesterday. The number was 44 before the Carolina Hurricanes...
  • 15 days ago
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Thursday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Fourth of July passes quietly from a hockey sense The July 4th holiday produced a rather quiet day around the NHL. There were a few signings, further depleting the pool of available free agents....
  • 16 days ago
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Wednesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Thunderbirds add five on AHL contracts It looks like the Florida Panthers have settled in for the summer. After signing unrestricted free agent goaltender Michael Hutchinson and extending...
  • 17 days ago
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Tuesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Paul Thompson and Jacob MacDonald sign two-way deals Yesterday, the Florida Panthers agreed to terms with forward Paul Thompson and defenseman Jacob MacDonald on two-year, two-way contracts,...
  • 18 days ago
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Panthers shore up goaltending depth by signing Michael Hutchinson

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Cats also re-upped forward Jared McCann The Florida Panthers dipped into the NHL’s pool of unrestricted free agents and signed former Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson to a one-year,...
  • 19 days ago
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LBC’s 2018 Florida Panthers & NHL UFA Day Open Thread

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Free agent feeding frenzy starts at noon Welcome to all as we embark on yet another summer offseason of free agent signings. Unlike the last few years, the Florida Panthers roster looks to be a...
  • 20 days ago
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Saturday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Litter Box Cats (Todd Little) — Development Camp ends; NHL Free Agency opens tomorrow The Florida Panthers concluded its annual Development Camp yesterday with a 50-minute scrimmage that saw Team Red blank Team Blue (wearing...
  • 21 days ago
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