Nine games into the season, the Florida Panthers are 3-6-0. They have six points and they are currently seventh in the eight team Atlantic Conference ahead of only the lowly Buffalo Sabres. The Panthers are two games into a six game home stand. The team fell to the Bruins 3-2 on Thursday and beat the Wild in a 2-1 shootout on Saturday. The Chicago Blackhawks will be in town on Tuesday followed by the Sabres on Friday and the Lightning on Sunday. Here is a look at the latest Florida Panthers news:
- The big story surrounding the Panthers today is the report from Bruce Garrioch and the Ottawa Sun that the Panthers may be looking to move a number of their veteran players. According to Garrioch, the following players could be available: Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tom Gilbert, and Dmitry Kulikov.
While this is somewhat shocking to read, it is not exactly anything new. If you have followed the Panthers at all during GM Dale Tallon‘s tenure, then you know how the story goes. Any veteran who does not figure into the team’s long term plans is fair game and the Panthers will always be on the lookout for opportunities to turn vets into draft picks and young players. I think George Richards of the Miami Herald had a good take on the Ottawa Sun report:
Regarding the Ottawa Sun story on #FlaPanthers vets being available. That’s not news. If anyone wanted most of them, they could’ve had them.
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) October 20, 2013
The Panthers practice this morning so we should hear something form Dale Tallon on the subject.
- Catch up on Panther prospects playing in the CHL over at Litter Box Cats. So far Christopher Clapperton, MacKenzie Weegar and Alexander Delnov are three players to keep an eye on.
- Nick Bjugstad played his hometown Minnesota Wild for the first time in his NHL career and more from George Richards and the Miami Herald.
- Six positives from Panthers 2-1 win over Minnesota by play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein. (Panthers.com)