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Panthers Recall Forward Kyle Rau from Springfield

23-year-old is former Panthers third-round pick

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have recalled forward Kyle Rau from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL).

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Panthers Rank 7th on ESPN's Ultimate Standings

Panthers named top South Florida sports franchise

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 SUNRISE, Fla. - ESPN the Magazine announced today that the Florida Panthers have been ranked seventh in the magazine's annual Ultimate Standings which measure how much NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB franchises give back to the fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion the fans invest in them. The Panthers reached the list's top-10 for the first time, while also ranking third among all NHL teams and first among all South Florida sports franchises.
"We are honored that ESPN the Magazine has chosen the Panthers as the best sports franchise in South Florida and the seventh-best team among the four major sports," said Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko. "Our organization has made great strides over the years both on and off the ice and we are committed to providing our fans with a winning product, great value and first class entertainment, while also giving back to our community."

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Rats Roundup - Top 10 on ESPN, More Jagr History

ESPN ranks the Panthers seventh among North American Sports Franchises

by Kyle Morrison /

The Cats fell last night to last season's President's Trophy winners, the Washington Capitals, by a score of 4-2. But the game wasn't without its positive notes, starting with some more history for Jaromir Jagr.


Video: WSH@FLA: Jagr nets PPG for 750th of career

Jagr took a pass in the slot and fired it past Braden Holtby for his 750th career goal - and the first powerplay goal for the Panthers this season - during the second period of last night's game.

Sure, 750 is a nice (and astronomically large) round number, but the real significance is in just who in the league has reached that mark. Aside from Jagr, the only other two are Gordie Howe (801) and The Great One, Wayne Gretzky (894).

So, congratulations are in order for Jagr.


Many pundits pegged the Panthers as a top-10 team in the NHL this season, but the Cats climbed up in another ranking today.

ESPN's Ultimate Standings dropped today - an annual ranking of all 122 North American sports franchises across the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL - and for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers cracked the top ten.

That's right - after checking in at 48th last season (and 102 in 2014), the Cats checked in at seventh on the list.

The team scored exemplary marks in categories like affordability (sixth), bang for the buck (third), fan relations (ninth) and ownership (25th), while showing growth in categories like coaching (74th last year, 36th this year) and title track (94th to 52nd).

The Panthers also jumped up to third among NHL teams, checking in one spot behind the Nashville Predators (sixth overall) and their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who took the list's top spot among all teams.

Click here to see the full list, or here to see ESPN's writeup on their Florida Panthers ranking.

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Marchessault Off to a Hot Start with Panthers

25-year-old winger standing out early in season

by Jameson Olive JamesonCoop /

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Jonathan Marchessault found himself in a new situation at the Panthers IceDen last week, surrounded by cameras and hounded with questions about what the Florida Panthers needed to do to maintain their hot start to the 2016-17 season.

"We've had a pretty good start," he said. "I think our whole team is playing pretty good. We've had some injuries early, but I think we have a good character team and we've been playing good defensively. It's been a few good games for us.

"We have really good players. It's just good to see that we have some depth down in our lineup. I think that's a really positive thing for our team, especially the coaches. It seems like guys can step in anywhere in the lineup."

Having entered the NHL as an undrafted free agent, Marchessault isn't exactly used to living life in the spotlight. He's been predominantly utilized as a reserve forward since first turning pro in 2011, but always felt that his game had more to offer teams, especially in the offensive zone.

"I take pride in my overall game," said Marchessault, who scored 70 goals in his final two seasons with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. "I just want to make the right plays. When I get in the offensive zone, I take pride in making the right plays. I give a lot of effort for that."

Intrigued by his potential, the Panthers signed Marchessault to a two-year contract this summer, hoping that the motivated 25-year-old would provide an offensive spark to the club's up-tempo system and bottom-six forward group. 

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In the Pipeline: A Weekend of Firsts

by Mike Lewis /

In the Pipeline takes a weekly look at the Panthers prospect pool, highlighting the organization's players in the minor leagues, college, juniors and more.

Opening Weekend for Thunderbirds

Last weekend officially kicked off the Springfield Thunderbirds inaugural season. The T-Birds split their first two games on the road against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (4-2 L) and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2-1 W).

In Springfield's first-ever regular season game on Saturday vs. Lehigh Valley, forward Anthony Greco made AHL history as the first player to score for the Thunderbirds in regular season play. Forward Dryden Hunt notched a pair of firsts as he netted his first professional career goal and the first power-play goal in Thunderbirds history. Goaltender Mike McKenna made 31 saves in the game, but the Thunderbirds fell 4-2. Hunt, Ian McCoshen and Thomas Schemitsch all made their professional debuts in Springfield's first game of the season.

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Demers' Diary: Panthers Debut, Getting Settled

The first installment of Jason Demers' blog

by Jason Demers jasondemers5 / Florida Panthers Defenseman

Opening Night was a nice little moment.

I thought the Panthers did a great job of presenting us, and nothing against Florida fans, but I didn't expect there to be as many people in the stands as there were. I thought it was a great atmosphere. It's awesome to see how far this organization has come these past few years, with the buzz and atmosphere that's been growing. I'm sure it's going to continue to grow and have a snowball effect throughout this whole year.

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Panthers Fall to Lightning in Shootout

by Corey Long / Correspondent

10/18/16 Post Game Interviews

10/18/16 Post Game Interviews

Interviews with Gerard Gallant, James Reimer and Mike Matheson

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TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos tied it with 5.5 seconds left, and rookie forward Brayden Point scored on his first NHL shootout attempt to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

The shootout went six rounds; Tampa Bay's Jonathan Drouin and Florida's Vincent Trocheck each scored in the third.

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Marchessault Featured on

25-year-old winger off to hot start for Panthers

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After just two games in Florida Panthers gear, Jonathan Marchessault is making waves across the league.

The 25-year-old winger has been filling in for Jonathan Huberdeau on the Panthers' top line, playing alongside stars Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr. Marchessault, one of the team's top target at forward over the past offseason, already leads the team in goals (2) and points (4) through the first weekend of the season.

That effort's caught the eyes of Panthers fans across South Florida, and media across North America. The latest comes in the form of a feature by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

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Kindl, Berra Leading Springfield Thunderbirds

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As the Florida Panthers continue to succeed at the NHL level, the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, is currently finding their own success thanks to the presence of two battle-tested veterans - defenseman Jakub Kindl and goaltender Reto Berra.

The Thunderbirds (1-1-0) secured their first victory of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, defeating the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-1-0) by a final score of 2-1 at the Webster Bank Arena.

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Roberto Luongo named NHL Third Star of the Week

Florida Panthers goalie went 2-0 on opening weekend with two goals allowed

by Staff /

NEW YORK (Oct. 17, 2016) - Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 16.

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