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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 they are a top 25 valued team in this year’s tabulations. In the 2018 top 25, a dozen of the teams (48.0...
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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. “I guess I’ve got to get one of the guys at the rink to take me out,” the Panthers’ star defenseman said...
  • 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 AHL affiliate Springfield after spending parts of seven seasons in the Winnipeg organization. Melchiori...
  • 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 Alexander Petrovic to a one-year, one-way extension on Friday afternoon. It is reportedly worth $1.95 million. ...
  • 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 while contributing nearly a point per game on offense, starring on the power play, anchoring the penalty...
  • 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 defenseman Alexander Petrovic did not file for arbitration. Some restricted free agents can elect to have their...
  • 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 Jacob MacDonald. The signings come after a relatively quiet first day of NHL free agency Sunday in which...
  • 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. Add an older defensive defenseman. In signing Russian defenseman Bodgan Kiselevich last month, the Panthers...
  • 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 seven-year, $77-million contract with the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs finished in third place in the Atlantic...
  • 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 goaltending depth behind Roberto Luongo and James Reimer. Hutchinson, 28, spent parts of the last five seasons with...
  • 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 Frank Vatrano as RFA forwards the Panthers signed in the past week, leaving just two players that finished...
  • 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 tight and be patient,” Tallon said after the draft last weekend . “Usually, July 1st, it’s very expensive,...
  • 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 Panthers will welcome Sebastian Repo to North America, likely with AHL affiliate Springfield this season....
  • 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 2018 first-round Grigori Denisenko on the left. Fans know those names. But between them at center? There...
  • 21 days ago
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