The Florida Panthers open their season tonight against the New Jersey Devils. I’ve got a few things on my mind, with the season upon us. How Fares Keith Yandle? The Panthers made a big splash this summer in acquiring the high scoring defenseman. Only Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith have more points than Yandle among […]
The Florida Panthers introduced Derek MacKenzie as the eighth captain in franchise history today. The 35 year-old veteran of 453 NHL games is set to lead a young, dynamic team with aspirations of a deep playoff run. However, I am uncertain he is the right choice. Before I go making my case, I do want […]
This past off-season began with fireworks, to put it lightly. Dale Tallon got promoted to President of Hockey Operations. A braintrust of Tom Rowe, Eric Joyce, and Steve Werier was installed below him. Trainers, scouts, and hockey ops staff were let go in waves. It was a seismic shift in front office structure, after the […]
Sometimes, you have to take a step back and take a look around. That’s what I had to do this summer. I have been writing here at The Sunshine Skate for a while now. I wrote a pre-game column for almost every Panthers game played since I joined the site in November 2014. I took […]
The Panthers officially announced on Monday the front office changes that broke last weekend. Dale Tallon is now President of Hockey Operations, Tom Rowe is General Manager, and Eric Joyce and Steve Werier are both Assistant General Managers. In my piece last week, you can see some of the reservations I had. While not all […]
On Saturday night, it broke that the Panthers are shuffling their management structure. Dale Tallon has been promoted to President of Hockey Operations, with Tom Rowe named GM in his place. Eric Joyce, the GM of the Portland Pirates has been named an Assistant GM, as has Steve Werier, formerly the Panthers’ VP of Business […]
It’s do or die time today, probably a little earlier than any of us wanted. No use crying over spilled milk though, this is the situation the Panthers find themselves in, and there’s nothing that can be done about that now.
Happy game day! Pivotal Game 5 tonight, who ever wins gets a chance on Sunday to win their first playoff series in two decades and punch their ticket to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. These are exciting times.
Tonight is pivotal Game 4 in Brooklyn. I bet we are all starting to feel a little tense out there. Want to feel better about the Panthers chances tonight?
Happy day, Panthers fans! Tonight brings us to Brooklyn for Game 3 of the first round. In honor of the occasion, block a third of your TV screen tonight for an authentic experience.
Thursday night was quite thrilling, even if the result was disappointing.
It’s here! It’s finally here! The Panthers have returned to the playoffs, and puck drops on Game 1 tonight. This what we all wanted and this is what we have been waiting for. I’m so excited, as I am sure everyone else is too.
It is here, the final game of the regular season. For once, however, there is no pall of sadness over this game. Instead, we anticipate the excitement of what is to come.
Earlier, I discussed the surge in Panthers shooting. The big team-wide improvement no doubt comes with some individual improvement. However, leaving that statement as is would be doing a disservice to just how good the individual improvement is.
As we gear up for the playoffs, we naturally look for things that tells us how well a team is performing. The Playoffs can be a stressful thing to experience, so any little comfort can ease your mind, and any little flaw can drive you batty.