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Rats Roundup: Taking Care of Business

by Peter Rossi /

Happy Friday Panthers fans! As your week winds down, take a few minutes for yourself and catch up on what was a busy week for the Cats.


The Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar on a one-year, two-way contract.

Weegar, 23, appeared in three games with the Panthers during the 2016-17 season. He made his NHL debut with Florida on April 3, 2017 against the Montreal Canadiens. In 60 games with Florida's American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds, the 6-foot, 212-pound native of Ottawa, Ontario, led the team's defensemen in goals (14), assists (22) and points (36). Weegar was one of three defensemen named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic Atlantic Division team.

In 153 career AHL games, Weegar has produced 70 points (23-47-70). He was originally selected by Florida in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.


The Panthers hosted over 500 local area youths for the playoffs of the second annual Summer Cats Program. The kids played floorball games in the bowl of BB&T Center with three teams being crowned Champions of South Florida.

Team Florence DeGeorge for the Mites Division, Team Marti Huizenga for the Squirt Divison, and Team Florence DeGeorge for the PeeWee Division were all winners of their divisions. Check out a full recap of the event HERE.

Video: Summer Cats 2017


Looking to get your fix for an insider's look into the Panthers? Then you're in luck, as the newest installment of "Inside the Panthers" premieres tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Titled "Summer Special," the half-hour episode introduces fans to the newest faces of the franchise, starting at the top as our very own Steve "Goldie" Goldstein sat down for a one-on-one interview with new Head Coach Bob Boughner.

The "Summer Special" episode features a breakdown of the Panthers' moves to bolster their forward depth by signing top free agents Evgeny Dadonov, Radim Vrbata and Micheal Haley and all-access coverage of the Panthers at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Find out full details about the episode and a replay schedule in case you miss it tonight HERE.


Nick Bjugstad continues his torrid scoring in Da Beauty League, as he garnered a hat trick in his most recent game, including this beauty of a second goal.

Tweet from @DaBeautyLeague: Great goal by @NBjugstad72 to get his second of the night for team @RBC to go up 4-2!

For all the most recent updates and scores, follow along on Twitter at @dabeautyleague and Instagram at @dabeautyleague_official.

Quick Hitters:

-Alex Petrovic sat down with the Jason Gregor Show on TSN 1260 to discuss everything from the tendencies of his defensive partners to his offseason training and sleeping habits. Check out what he had to say HERE.

 -Keith Yandle was a bright spot for the Panthers during his first year in South Florida, and we recapped his big moments and what fans can expect out of the veteran d-man next season.

 Video: Season Rewind: Keith Yandle

-NBC Sports Group announced they are scheduled to air nearly 100 NHL regular season games, with the Panthers getting some national attention when they visit Washington on October 21st. For the full schedule, click HERE

-Our friends at have been active keeping up with our players during the summer, writing two pieces focusing on Denis Malgin and Aaron Ekblad

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