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Zito Expects Lomberg to Be a Fan Favorite in Florida

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Bill Zito didn't mince words when asked about Ryan Lomberg.

"Fans are going to love this guy," the Florida Panthers general manager professed after inking the plucky forward to a two-year contract on Oct. 9. "He's an energy forward who can fly. He's an F1, in-your-face, hard forward with hockey sense who can play the game and will provide presence in the offensive zone. He's a very, very fast, speedy wing who plays with an edge."

Looking back, it's that infamous edge that has helped Lomberg traverse a long road to the NHL.

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Team Reset

Panthers hope Hornqvist's Cup pedigree helps power next step

Two-time champ added to provide leadership, spark first line

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, is examining where each team stands in preparation for the 2020-21 regular season, which is targeted to start Jan. 1. Today, the Florida Panthers:

The Florida Panthers made significant changes on and off the ice with hopes of taking the next step toward becoming a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

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Cats & Coffee: Lundell Scores Four; Priskie Pays it Forward

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment, presented by Koffee Kult, in which we serve up an exciting look at what's on deck for your Florida Panthers. Like our friends at Koffee Kult, this forecast serves up only the best -- so sit back, sip and enjoy our latest brew of news, notes and information.

Anton Lundell had himself a weekend.

Just a few weeks after being selected by the Florida Panthers with the 12th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the 19-year-old center showed off his scoring touch and sent social media into a frenzy when he lit the lamp four times to help lead HIFK to a 5-2 win over SaiPa on Saturday.

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NHL Announces Postponement of Winter Classic, All-Star Weekend

Outdoor game in Minnesota, festivities in Florida won't be held due to coronavirus

by NHL Public Relations / @PR_NHL / NHL PR

NEW YORK (Oct. 22, 2020) -- The National Hockey League today announced the postponements of the 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and 2021 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.

The 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, featuring the Minnesota Wild facing the St. Louis Blues at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., was originally scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021. The Florida Panthers were to host the 2021 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., originally scheduled for Jan. 29-30, 2021. Both events have been postponed due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus. The League intends to return to both Minnesota and Florida for these signature events in the near future.

"Fan participation, both in arenas and stadiums as well as in the ancillary venues and events that we stage around the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, is integral to the success of our signature events," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer. "Because of the uncertainty as to when we will be able to welcome our fans back to our games, we felt that the prudent decision at this time was to postpone these celebrations until 2022 when our fans should be able to enjoy and celebrate these tentpole events in-person, as they were always intended. We are also considering several new and creative events that will allow our fans to engage with our games and teams during this upcoming season."

Today's announcement does not impact the joint declaration by the NHL and National Hockey League Players' Association on Oct. 6 that we are targeting on or around Jan. 1 as the start date for the upcoming NHL season.

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Verhaeghe Looking Forward to New Opportunity with Panthers

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Switching sides can often be a little bit tricky.

But in moving from the Lightning to the cross-state rival Panthers, Carter Verhaeghe said his former Tampa Bay teammates only had one request for when they run into each other again.

"They told me to take it easy on them a little bit," Verhaeghe laughed.

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Florida Panthers Foundation, Ultimate Kronos Group To Host Harvest Drive

Oct. 31 drive-thru collection for the Harvest Drive will support Broward families

by Florida Panthers / @FlaPanthers /

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that the Florida Panthers Foundation and UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) will host a drive-thru food drive at BB&T Center on Oct. 31 in conjunction with Harvest Drive Florida to benefit Broward County families in need for the upcoming holiday season.

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Territory Talk: Lomberg is Ready to Rock with the Panthers

by Jameson Olive & Doug Plagens / @FlaPanthers /

After signing a two-year, one-way deal with the Florida Panthers, forward Ryan Lomberg is ready to "run through a wall" for general manager Bill Zito. On this week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast, Lomberg discusses his decision to sign with the Cats, what he hopes to bring to the organization and more!

Also, co-hosts Doug Plagens and Jameson Olive talk about defenseman Markus Nutivaara, who the Panthers picked up from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade earlier this month. Plus, Panthers sideline reporter Katie Gaus stops by.

Highlights of the episode include:

• What will Markus Nutivaara bring to Florida's blue line? (1:25)

• New Panthers forward Ryan Lomberg joins the show! (9:30)

• Lomberg chats about the Cats, Coach Q and much more. (15:20)

• Checking in with Panthers sideline reporter Katie Gaus. (22:00)

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Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with Scott Wilson

Forward agrees to one-year contract

by Florida Panthers / @FlaPanthers /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Scott Wilson on a one-year, two-way contract.

Wilson, 28, appeared in six regular season games with the Buffalo Sabres in 2019-20, producing two points (1-1-2). He also played in 37 games with Buffalo's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, registering 22 points (11-11-22).

The 5-foot-11, 177-pound native of Oakville, Ontario, has appeared in 193 career National Hockey League games with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2014-15 to 2017-18), Detroit Red Wings (2017-18), and Buffalo Sabres (2017-18 to 2019-20), amassing 51 points (20-31-51). Wilson has also played in 23 career NHL postseason games, all with the Penguins, recording six points (3-3-6) over 20 games during the Penguins' 2016-17 Stanley Cup championship run.

He has appeared in 144 career AHL games with Rochester (2018-19 to 2019-20) and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (2013-14 to 2015-16), recording 106 points (55-51-106).

Prior to his professional career, Wilson played three seasons (2011-12 to 2013-14) with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Hockey East), producing 95 points (39-56-95) over 109 games. He was named Hockey East Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, and won the Hockey East tournament championship in 2012-13.

He was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

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Nutivaara Looking Forward to Fresh Start with Panthers

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Markus Nutivaara is looking forward to a fresh start.

A player well known to Bill Zito, the Panthers general manager went out and acquired the 26-year-old defenseman from the Blue Jackets on the eve of the NHL's free agency period, giving Nutivaara a great new opportunity to shine after being blocked by a deep blue line in Columbus.

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Charlotte Checkers Sign Forwards Greg Meireles and Matthew Wedman

Both forwards sign one-year AHL contracts

by Charlotte Checkers @CheckersHockey /

SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers General Manager Bill Zito announced today that the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, have signed forwards Greg Meireles and Matthew Wedman to one-year AHL contracts.

Meireles, 21, appeared in 48 regular season games with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2019-20, producing 65 points (31-34-65) and served as the club's co-captain. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario, recorded an OHL career-best 36 goals and 97 points in 68 games with Kitchener in the 2018-19 season.

Originally selected by Florida in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft, Meireles appeared in 244 career OHL regular season games, registering 239 points (99-140-239).

Wedman, 21, appeared in 35 regular season games with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2019-20, posting 36 points (17-19-36). The 6-foot-3, 207-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta, also appeared in 19 games with the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds, notching 17 points (6-11-17), while serving as the team's captain.

Originally selected by Florida in the seventh round (199th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft, Wedman appeared in 310 career WHL regular season games, amassing 211 points (92-119-211).

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