The Folly In Naming Derek MacKenzie Captain

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 […]

The Offseason And Moving On

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 […]

A Deep Look at Henrik Borgström

Florida reached at 23rd overall for center (Kurt!) Henrik Borgström. Borgström was slated to go mid rounds, as the second year draft eligible grew nine (9!?!) inches in his first draft season. Coupled with the pain associated with such a growth spurt, its no wonder Borgström had zero interviews at the combine last year and […]

Final Reaction to the Front Office Shuffle

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 […]

Digging In On Erik Gudbranson’s Extension

On Monday, the Florida Panthers announced that they had signed Erik Gudbranson to a one year contract extension. Terms were not announced by the team, but quickly appeared on CapFriendly and GeneralFanager: Gudbranson will make $3.5 million next year. As Florida makes a turn towards a more analytical model, I thought it might be interesting […]

Reaction: Front Office Restructuring

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 […]

An Individual Barrage

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.

Shoot The Lights Out

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.

Erik Gudbranson Out

News of a bad break came down this morning, as it was announced that defenseman Erik Gudbranson was sent back to Florida for evaluation. George Richards reported that it

The Captain Speaks

A real compelling read dropped this morning on Sportsnet, in which Panthers captain Willie Mitchell discusses his concussion issues, his struggle to come to grips with his health status, and the NHL’s handling of head injuries. This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in headshots in hockey, or just catching up with the […]

It’s A 3-2 Hockey League

Much has been made this season about the Florida Panthers ability to win games when scoring three or more goals in a game.

Grimaldi Recalled, Rocco ‘Round

Vincent Trocheck’s untimely injury has done more than just give Nick Bjugstad a fresh start on the 2nd line, it also opened an opportunity for someone from Portland to make a statement. That opportunity will go to Rocco Grimaldi.

Treble Trouble – Trocheck Out ‘Week-to-Week’

Tuesday night against Toronto marked the second game in a row that Vincent Trocheck went down after blocking a shot. This time, however, Trocheck is staying down. The red-hot center is now deemed ‘week-to-week’ with a fractured bone in his foot, with the hope that he will return for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in mid-April.

Checking the Roster Depth of 2016-2017

Yes, playoffs haven’t started. No, the June Draft hasn’t happened, nor July’s free agency period but that won’t stop us from taking a gander at the possible depth chart in Sunrise come the 2016-2017 season. As it stands now, the Florida Panthers are making a strong push towards the playoffs and that will only enhance […]

Bjugle Charge and The Minnesota Connection

If you haven’t noticed lately, Nick Bjugstad is starting to look a bit like his old self. He has seen something of a downturn this season. His P1/60 of 0.96 is the lowest in a full season by Bjugstad, and his iCF/60 of 13.01 is also the lowest in a full season. It also appears […]