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NHL expansion is coming, just don’t hold your breath

NHL expansion is coming, just don’t hold your breath

thehockeynews.com Updated Aug 27 (3 days ago)
The NHL has gone a full 14 years without adding a single expansion team, which is the longest period without growth since the league ballooned from six to 12 teams in 1967. The business of hockey is stronger than it has ever been and hockey’s global rea…
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  • Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad ready to get back to work after …

    Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad ready to get back to work after concussion

    thehockeynews.com Aug 23 (7 days ago)
    Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad ready to get back to work after concussion
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  • Rumor Roundup: Flyers need help on the blueline, but don’t expe…

    Rumor Roundup: Flyers need help on the blueline, but don’t expect it to come soon

    The state of the Philadelphia Flyers defense core remains a troubling issue. They’ve lacked a true top-two defenseman since Chris Pronger’s career was ended by injury nearly three years ago. They attempted to address that issue in July of 2012 by signin…
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  • Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Florida Panthers…

    Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Florida Panthers Edition

    yahoo.com Aug 17
    (Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends at Puck Daddy are offering a month of thrown shade and perpetual gloom. Behold, our Summer of Disappointment series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to recall the biggest …
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  • Panthers being Panthers: owner Vinnie Viola met one coaching ca…

    Panthers being Panthers: owner Vinnie Viola met one coaching candidate, “don’t need to see anyone else”

    I really want to have faith in the Florida Panthers. Really. I do. And the thing is, I don’t think this team is as bad as the one that finished 29th last season. The goaltending should be better, which is enough to see some improvement, but the youngste…
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  • Zach Parise inadvertently spits on ice girl in viral video that…

    Zach Parise inadvertently spits on ice girl in viral video that found its moment

    yahoo.com Aug 11
    It hasn't been a good summer for the ice girls. The Florida Panthers continued their cost-cutting measures, sacking the entire ice girls program not long after doing the same to their sales staff. A Mother Jones piece quoted a former Philadelphia Flyers…
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  • The Kevin Hayes sweepstakes are about to heat up

    The Kevin Hayes sweepstakes are about to heat up

    If Kevin Hayes doesn’t sign with Chicago by Aug. 15, he’ll be this summer’s version of Justin Schultz and become a UFA. A first-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2010, Hayes is a playmaking power forward who had a terrific senior senior at Boston College …
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  • NHL logo rankings No. 12: Florida Panthers

    NHL logo rankings No. 12: Florida Panthers

    The Florida Panthers have drastically revamped their team for the coming season. However, in THN’s 2014 NHL logo ranking contest, their logo – which hasn’t changed much at all in their 21-year existence – fared well among our in-house panel of judges. T…
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  • Top-pick Ekblad concussed during exhibition

    Top-pick Ekblad concussed during exhibition

    Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad, the top pick in June's NHL draft, suffers a concussion during an exhibition game.
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  • Hall Monitor: Does Luongo’s trajectory have him making it?

    Hall Monitor: Does Luongo’s trajectory have him making it?

    First things first, in the interests of full disclosure, I want to mention a little bet I have regarding Roberto Luongo. Early in Luongo’s tenure with the Vancouver Canucks, I wagered with THN managing editor Edward Fraser that Luongo would at some poin…
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  • Hayes signs one-year contract with Panthers

    Hayes signs one-year contract with Panthers

    NHL.com Jul 29
    The Florida Panthers have signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Tuesday. Tim Wharnsby of CBC.ca reported it is a one-way contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Harvey Filak...
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  • Keaton Ellerby agrees to terms with Jets

    Keaton Ellerby agrees to terms with Jets

    NHL.com Jul 24
    Defenseman Keaton Ellerby has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets worth $700,000, the team announced Thursday. Ellerby, 25, was a first-round pick (No. 10) of the Florida Panthers in the 2007 NHL Draft and had...
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  • Who’s going to win the turtle race for 30th – and gain a franch…

    Who’s going to win the turtle race for 30th – and gain a franchise player?

    If Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin are the top three amigos for the 2015 NHL draft, the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames are their top three suitors. Yesterday, my esteemed boss Jason Kay wrote a blog wondering if the …
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  • Kings and Sharks win, Islanders and Panthers lose on new NBC sc…

    Kings and Sharks win, Islanders and Panthers lose on new NBC schedule

    From the Winter Classic in Washington to the All-Star Game in Columbus, NBC will be busy in its duties for the 2014-15 season, but they won’t be lugging any gear to Long Island or Sunrise. As the schedule currently stands, the New York Islanders and Flo…
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  • Roberto Luongo, Al Montoya a good bet to lead Florida back into…

    Roberto Luongo, Al Montoya a good bet to lead Florida back into the playoff picture

    On Friday, the Florida Panthers signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year contract extension, though the long-time rumor mill subject may not play out all three seasons with the Panthers. We’ll see. With Kulikov, the Panthers defense is taking pr…
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  • THN’s pre-season prediction debates underscores how parity has …

    THN’s pre-season prediction debates underscores how parity has made the NHL unpredictable

    Every year around this time, THN’s editorial staff convenes in a boardroom to hash out our pre-season NHL predictions. The predictions meeting is a raucous couple of hours in which, after consulting with coaches, scouts, and our larger network of contac…
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  • Defenceman Dmitry Kulikov signs 3-year deal to stay with Florid…

    Defenceman Dmitry Kulikov signs 3-year deal to stay with Florida Panthers

    Last winter wasn't very good for the Florida Panthers. This summer, however, has gone largely according to their plan. The Panthers crossed another item off their off-season to-do list on Friday, signing defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to a thre...
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  • Panthers re-sign Dmitry Kulikov, suddenly have a pretty decent …

    Panthers re-sign Dmitry Kulikov, suddenly have a pretty decent defense

    yahoo.com Jul 18
    The Florida Panthers re-signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov on Friday, inking the Russian blueliner to a three-year, $13 million contract extension. Kulikov, 23, was coming off his two-year bridge contract, which carried a cap hit of $2.5 million. The new …
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  • Which franchise will be the next to win its first-ever Stanley …

    Which franchise will be the next to win its first-ever Stanley Cup?

    We recently sorted out our Yearbook predictions for 2014-15, which included projected standings and which team will win the Stanley Cup. Without giving it away, our anticipated winner has been to the promised land before. Which mathematically, should no…
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  • Prospect Watch: Early summer NCAA commitments

    Prospect Watch: Early summer NCAA commitments

    Commitments tend to slow down a bit in the late spring and early summer, so I’ve put together a batch of pledges from recent months for another roundup of NCAA news. As per usual, these commitments were culled from College Hockey Inc. and the excellent …
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  • Video - Panthers Rally Past Stars 00:51

    Panthers Rally Past Stars

    Apr 6
    The Panthers scored three unanswered goals and rallied past the Stars 3-2.
  • Video - Devils Double Up Panthers 01:07

    Devils Double Up Panthers

    Mar 31
    Travis Zajac's hat trick helped the Devils beat the Panthers 6-3.
  • Video - Ducks Snap Home Skid 00:47

    Ducks Snap Home Skid

    Mar 23
    The Ducks broke a four-game home losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Panthers.
  • Video - Quick, Kings Blank Panthers 00:43

    Quick, Kings Blank Panthers

    Mar 22
    Jonathan Quick's fifth shutout of the season lifted the Kings to a 4-0 win over the Panthers.

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