Josh Manson is a good, young defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks. Jaromir Jagr is a great, old forward for the Florida Panthers.
Put them head to head in a small space, who do you think is going to come out on top?
Jagr. Every. Single. Time.
John Gibson sets the puck up for Manson behind the Ducks net. The defenseman starts to exit the trapezoid from one side of while Jagr casually coasts in on the other.
Manson gets, maybe, half a stride before – BLAM – like a cobra, Jagr strikes. He steals the puck from Manson then starts with the fancy stick work in front of Gibson.
Gibson kind of looked the players from Russia when Russ Tyler unleashed knucklepuck for the first time.
Once Jagr has Gibson completely hypnotized, he beats the Ducks netminder for the 760th goal of his NHL career and gives the Panthers the 2-1 lead. He is the third player in NHL history to score a goal after turning 45-years-old.
Manson should consider it a badge of honor. Jagr has made many, many defensemen look silly in his long career. It was just a matter of time.
In the first period of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers the two teams combined for five goals.
It looked like if Roberto Luongo was going to earn his 450th career win he might need a little luck on his side.
And for being such a good soldier, the hockey gods smiled down upon Bobby Lu and gave him a meltdown by the Sens.
By the end of the second, the Panthers erased a 4-2 deficit to tie the game.
Henrik Sedin wanted to be in front of the fans in Vancouver when he picked up the 1,000th point of his NHL career.
He got his wish Friday night, scoring a goal with three pretty cool footnotes attached.
The primary assist on the goal went to his brother Daniel. (They’re identical twins, if you haven’t heard.) At the time of publication, Daniel sits at 968 points.
Second, he scored the goal on his former teammate Roberto Luongo. Sedin assumed the captaincy in Vancouver after Luongo held it. Bobby Lu went and gave his buddy some love after the goal.
Vincent Viola, Florida Panthers owner, is going through the confirmation motions as the Trump Administration’s nominee for Secretary of the Army. It includes an in-depth digging into his background.
The New York Times found something from back in August, prior to the election and Viola’s nomination.
The Times published a police report, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, alleging Viola was involved in an altercation on Aug. 12 at a “high end race horse auction” in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Viola is reported to have punched a concession worker who allegedly pushed Viola’s wife while she was trying to get water for a patron at the auction who had fainted.
The Florida Panthers went down a forward after Denis Malgin took a hard check by Pavel Zacha into the boards.
Malgin stayed down on the ice before coming to all fours. He skated off under his own power and went straight to the dressing room. Shortly after the start of the second period, the Panthers announced Malgin would not return due to an ‘upper-body injury.’
Zacha was assessed a five-minute major penalty by the officials, but he was not kicked out of the game.
With all hits of this nature, the Department of Player Safety will take a look to see if supplemental discipline is necessary.
At the 20 game mark of this season, the Florida Panthers management group came together to evaluate the team’s progress to that point.
With a 10-9-1 record, the team sat just two points out of a playoff spot. It was at that mark that management decided a change might be in order.
“We had very high expectations for this season with Gerard Gallant as our coach and our voice in the room,” said Panthers CEO and President Matthew Caldwell on a conference call with reporters Monday, ” [The management team had] been unhappy with the inconsistency and performance, and just think that we could be playing better at this stage in the season. We decided a change was necessary to move in a different direction.”
After that 20-game mark, the Panthers gave Gallant two more games behind the bench. The team beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout. The next night against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Panthers blew a 2-0 lead in the second period to fall, 3-2.
The way the team lost put the proverbial nail in Gallant’s coffin. Gallant met with reporters for a post-game scrum. Afterwards, GM and now interim-head coach, Tom Rowe, took Gallant aside.
One of the few delights throughout the long NHL season is the Halloween parties teams have and seeing our favorite NHLers get creative with their costumes.
We dug around the interwebs to find as many players in costume this year at their team’s Halloween celebrations and they did not disappoint.
Without further ado, enjoy the gallery of ghouls and goblins from what is NHL Halloween 2016.
After signing Aaron Ekblad to an eight year, $60-million dollar extension earlier this week and inking free agent Jason Demers to a five year, $22.5-million contract today, the Florida Panthers are opening up their wallet again to secure their future.
Now on the receiving end of the team’s generosity is restricted free agent Vincent Trocheck. The soon-to-be 23-year-old forward signed a six year, $28.5-million deal as reported by Sportsnet’s Elliott Friedman. The contract carries an average annual value of $4.75-million; however, specifics of the deal are yet to be released.
Trocheck missed the final six regular season games and four playoff games after breaking his ankle blocking a shot. He returned for the final two games of the Panthers playoffs series loss against the New York Islanders. The forward was a part of the wrong end of playoff history in Game 6 as he dropped to the ice as he tried for an empty net goal and it was ignored by the referees. Mass chaos ensued.