Earlier this month, the Penguins commemorated the 25th anniversary of their back-to-back Stanley Cups, and most of the players from those teams were on hand in Pittsburgh to celebrate. Not Jaromir Jagr. He had a game that night.
President-elect Donald Trump announced today that he intends to nominate billionaire Florida Panthers owner and army veteran Vincent Viola as the Secretary of the Army, a non-cabinet level position. The Panthers said Viola’s appointment will not change anything about the team’s day-to-day operations, which surely must…
Twenty-two games into a disappointing season, the Florida Panthers fired head coach Gerard Gallant last night, and while the decision is questionable enough, the way it went down is awkward as hell. For one, the team didn’t officially announce the move until about an hour ago, leaving it to media to spread the word.…
The Florida Panthers paid tribute to José Fernández this evening en masse by all wearing Fernández’s number 16 jersey for their season opener. Here they are taking the ice.
NHL free agency doesn’t start until July 1, but the best available defenseman is already off the board. Keith Yandle, whose negotiating rights were acquired by the Panthers from the Rangers earlier this week, has signed a seven-year, $44.5 million contract to stay in Florida.
I certainly never hated any of the Panthers’ old uniforms. (Except that blue alternate they used for a couple of years. Blue? Come on.) I even kind of liked the leaping panther logo; it certainly dated the look, but not in a bad way, if that makes sense. Of the many teams that could use a makeover, this was not one of…
What is the absolute worst, most jarring way to learn your team is leaving town? Nope, not that. Nope, that’s pretty bad, but this is worse:
For pure entertainment value, Islanders-Panthers was the best series of the first round, with every game being close and half of them going to overtime. It ended in spectacular fashion, with John Tavares (who had five goals and four assists in six games) tying the game in the last minute of regulation and winning it…
The New York Times has a good, lengthy profile of Jaromir Jagr up. My favorite anecdote: “At age 7, in his native Czechoslovakia, Jagr started doing 1,000 squats a day.”
Been to Canada lately? Everything’s marked down. Five years ago, the loonie was at historic highs against the greenback. Lately the Canadian dollar will get you about 77 American pennies, a partial result of Canada having yoked its economy to crude oil, which in 2014 went off a frickin’ cliff. Every loonie that a…
It’s an incontrovertible rule of nature that if you give a hockey fan something, they will throw it, as far and violently as possible: beer bottles, pretzel chunks, their own teeth, engagement rings, Lindbergh baby, doesn’t matter. Anyway, somebody gave an arena full of hockey fans some rats.
Please look at the photograph above.
I am starting to think that Jaromir Jagr has an unhealthy relationship with caffeine. Long known as a militant Diet Coke drinker—at least five a day, “no vitamins, nothing”—Jagr this year switched to coffee, and upped his intake to what for a normal human would be a frightening quantity of the stuff. But obviously…
Sabres winger Evander Kane and Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic dropped the gloves three times in Tuesday’s game. The two fought twice in the second period and once in the third.
Vancouver ended Florida’s 12-game winning streak with an OT goal by Daniel Sedin (off a feed from his twin brother Henrik), but the real action came after the final horn. It also featured, from Panthers TV guy Denis Potvin, one of the most inexplicable insults I’ve ever heard.
The Florida Panthers had enough goaltender weirdness for an entire season tonight, all in the span of about a period and a half.
The Panthers traded for Jaromir Jagr. They'll send New Jersey a second-rounder and a conditional third-rounder.
Some sweet deke skills by my man there, who executes a perfect toe drag to blow by that other guy. Who says you shouldn't drink and dangle?