"Early on, I had some of the questions and my answer was simple: We’re committed to Florida. I use the fact that I came in and bought a condo. We cleared that up pretty quick, that relocation wasn’t in the cards."Much more from SI.com
"Off the ice, the Panthers presented Broward County a proposal for financial relief that’ll be discussed at Tuesday’s Broward County commission meeting. Both sides are making happy noises about it. Owners Doug Cifu and Vinny Viola put future money where their "we’re-not-moving" mouth is. Broward will get a letter of credit from JP Morgan Chase that if the Panthers move or declare bankruptcy, the franchise must pay the county back the tourist tax money it will invest in the building. Also, if Cifu and Viola sell in the next 13 years, the county gets a cut of the profits.More here from the Miami Herald's David J. Neal
"For the record – for the 93rd time this week – we’re not moving to Quebec, we’re not moving to Kansas City or Vegas or any other city. We’re here in South Florida for the long haul." Florida Panthers co-owner Douglas Cifu, via Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinelhttp://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/florida-panthers/sfl-panthers-owners-optimistic-winning-20150916-story.html
The Florida Panthers traded pending unrestricted free agent winger Sean Bergenheim and, more than likely, the same will happen with pending UFA winger Tomas Fleischmann before Monday’s deadline. The Panthers are in a playoff race but also don’t want to lose Fleischmann for nothing July 1, so he’ll likely be moved.via ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, it looks like Flash could be on the move. He brings up Anaheim as a potential destination.
@ESPN_Burnside: Don't look now, but the Florida Panthers are charging. Okay, maybe charging is too strong a word. Creeping? Regardless, their impressive 4-1 win over San Jose at home on Tuesday night gave them points in eight of their last 10 games as they moved over the .500 mark at 5-4-4. The offense is slowly coming around, although they still rank 28th in the league in goals per game. But most nights they are playing a solid defensive game (they are tied with Boston for 10th in goals allowed per game) and as long as Roberto Luongo -- who has all of the team's victories this season -- is in goal the Panthers have a shot. Gerard Gallant's plucky squad will face a real test next week, though, when they embark on a tough road trip that will take them to Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose and Nashville. If the Panthers can collect five or more points on that trip, maybe it'll be time to give them a little more credit than we have thus far. If they bottom out, there'll be more talk of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.ESPN's Scott Burnside on the Florida Panthers' play this season on the Pucks Central Column. You can find it all right here along with more news from the NHL: http://espn.go.com/nhl/notebook/_/page/pucks_central_111214/highlights-nov-11
"I never go into a game thinking about [getting into a fight]. I haven't for a long time. They're pretty banged up, I think a lot of their toughness is actually out of their lineup. But you never know. I'd beat up my own sister if it got us two points. So it really doesn't matter to me."Florida's Shawn Thornton, commenting on his first trip to Boston since signing with the Panthers. Keep it in context here, kids; the guy's got a unique wit. More from the Sun-Sentinel here, including some injury talk heading into Tuesday's action vs the Broons.
Obviously this is not the Florida of old. They've got a good, young team. Skilled. Fast. They play the game really fast.Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds following Philadelphia's 2-1 regulation loss to the Panthers in Sunrise on November 1, 2014. Full article via NJ.com's Randy Miller here. Thanks to @PantherPlaza for the find.
[Gudas] mentioned to me, 'That's what you get for squirting me with Gatorade.' I guess if you squirt a guy with Gatorade you get a blindside elbow to the lips.Panthers forward Scottie Upshall after being clobbered by Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas. The NHL ultimately declined a hearing on the matter, opting instead for a "warning". More from Fox Sports Florida here.