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by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers

Not only is it a Friday, it’s a Friday leaving into a long weekend, so take a break and read up on the Panthers while you get closer and closer to the weekend.


It’s no secret that the Panthers had one heck of a busy offseason this summer. There are a lot of new faces set to join the squad when camp opens, and’s Jameson Olive sat down with Assistant General Managers Steve Werier and Eric Joyce to talk about the moves that got those new faces in the mix.

One takeaway? Look for big things on the Panthers blueline.

"As for the new look, we identified Keith Yandle and Jason Demers as our top two targets on defense (free agents or otherwise). As part of our plan, we cleared significant cap space prior to July 1 through a number of transactions including the Savard trade. That cap space enabled us to take a hard run at Keith – who we knew would be in high demand – by acquiring this rights before he became a UFA. It also allowed us to aggressively pursue Jason on the 1st. Together with Mark Pysyk, Ian McCoshen and our returning players we are excited about our defensive core."

You can read the full Q&A here.


Break out the cake and the silly hats. Today, we have not one, but two birthdays. Aleksander Barkov turns 21 today, and Head Coach Gerard Gallant turns 53.


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