Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!
Some new Cats joined Panthers Territory at the trade deadline, back-to-back games are set for this weekend in Sunrise and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!
Fun in the Sun
The Panthers are back from the road and primed for a hockey filled weekend at BB&T Center. The Cats will face off against the Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
As a reminder, these games have early start times, with Saturday's game slated for a 6 p.m. puck drop and Sunday's game set for 4 p.m.
Currently in the thick of the playoff hunt, the Panthers will need fans to pack the arena to defend Panthers Territory.
Saturday is also the next Territory Takeover focusing on Palm Beach. Show a valid resident I.D. at all Coca-Cola and participating concession stands for special pricing. Additionally, there will be special pricing on domestic drafts at the Coors Light Cold Zone for fans who are 21 and older.
Back again for another year are "Panthers Favorite Things Baskets." Fans will be able to bid on select baskets starting on Feb. 29 at the Panthers Foundation table outside Club Lexus. Other baskets will be available to raffle on as well.
Sunday is also Kids Day at BB&T Center! There will be special activations around the arena and in-game for fans of all ages to enjoy! Get your tickets HERE for Saturday and HERE for Sunday.
Be sure to check out game previews, highlights and postgame 5 Takeaways at FloridaPanthers.com.
Let's Go Panthers!
Welcome to Panthers Territory
During the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, the Panthers acquired five new players.
The Cats got the day started by acquiring forwards Erik Haula, Lucas Wallmark, Eetu Luostarinen and defenseman Chase Priskie from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Vincent Trocheck.
Haula and Wallmark are primed to bolster the depth of the big club as they continue their push for a playoff spot. With 59 games of playoff experience between the two, they should prove vital in the hopes for the Cats to be playing hockey well into Spring.
Prospects Luostarinen and Priskie both look to have bright futures for the Panthers.
After spending the previous three seasons competing with KalPa Kuopio in Liiga -- the top professional league in his native Finland -- Luostarinen has made a smooth transition to North America this season. In 44 games with AHL Charlotte, the 21-year-old center had accumulated 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists).
With Priskie, being traded to Florida is a homecoming of sorts.
Growing up in nearby Pembroke Pines, the 23-year-old defenseman is a lifelong fan of the franchise and tweeted a picture of himself as a kid decked out in Panthers gear shortly after the trade was announced.
A highly-coveted free agent coming out of college, Priskie joined the Hurricanes this past summer after spending four seasons at Quinnipiac University. A top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2018-19, he ranked first in goals (17) and fifth in points (39) among Division I blueliners during his senior season.
In 52 games with AHL Charlotte this season, he recorded 31 points (six goals, 25 assists).
Toward the end of the day, the Panthers also acquired prospect Emil Djuse from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a sixth round draft pick. The young defenseman has appeared in 48 games with the Texas Stars this season, recording 29 points (4-25-29).
Luostarinen, Priskie and Djuse all reported to the Springfield Thunderbirds in the AHL. To read more on each new Panther and to see a behind-the-scenes look at deadline day, click HERE.
iSpy with My Little Eye
With the Panthers back in Sunrise for the next stretch of games, the iSpyLexus contest is back!
If you are heading to the games on Feb. 27 and 29, be sure to visit the Panthers-branded Lexus LC on the JetBlue Tarmac and track down the three mystery images for a chance to win two Club Lexus tickets to a future Cats game and a Panthers prize pack!
The current items to spot are the hockey stick, outline of the state of Florida and Flamingo.
Post a picture on Twitter or Instagram featuring you and the three (3) mystery items on the car with the hashtags #iSpyLexus and #OneTerritory and tag @flapanthers and @lexus. The winner will then be chosen on Feb. 29, 2020.
For all information, head to FloridaPanthers.com/ispylexus.
On this week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast, Jameson Olive and Katie Gaus talk about what newcomers Erik Haula and Lucas Wallmark will bring to the lineup, as well as what fans can expect from the three new prospects that also joined the organization.
Listen below and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud or Spotify by visiting FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk.
- The Panthers assigned Chris Driedger to Springfield (AHL) on conditioning loan.
- Spencer Knight was mic'd up during one of Boston College's practices and had some amazing one-liners.
- The Early Renewal Deadline for Territry Memberships is March 1! Be sure to renew by then to receive 5% back in Cats Ca$h. Today's renewal prize is a 3-day Caribbean cruise for two! Renew by visiting FloridaPanthers.com/AccountManager.
- Check out a career retrospective on Roberto Luongo and get your tickets to his jersey retirement on March 7 HERE!
- The Panthers joined "Military Makeover" with Montel Williams to give the Hizon family a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a Panthers home game.