Florida Panthers Loan Jacob Markstrom to San Antonio

Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has loaned goaltender Jacob Markstrom to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

After heading into the season with expectations that he may take a great leap forward in his development, Markstrom has struggled immensely between the pipes for the Panthers thus far, earning a 1-5-3 record with a 3.36 GAA / .877 SV%. While some of the blame for his current struggles can be put on the shoulders of the team’s mediocre defense, Markstrom’s two-way contract made him the odd man out of the team’s goaltending battalion now that both veterans Tim Thomas and Scott Clemmensen are healthy. 

Now in the minors, Markstrom will have a chance to regain some his wounded confidence while sharing time with Panthers’ prospect Michael Houser who currently boasts a surprising 4-1-0 record with a 2.17 GAA / .917 SV%. 

As the Panthers continue their tumultuous season it may be best that Markstrom once again become the team’s goalie in waiting while the club tries to sort out their roster problems at the NHL level. However, given both the age and recent injury problems of Thomas and Clemmensen, it is very likely that Markstrom will find his way back to the Panthers’ lineup at some point this season.

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Game Day Preview: Kings vs. Panthers


GAME DAY SONG: The KillersShot At The Night

The Florida Panthers hope to build on their 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at 3:00 P.M. in Sunrise.  That game started out positively for Florida, and for the most part continued that way throughout, with the Panthers controlling most of the play, and looking as though things have tightened up slightly.  After giving up 16 goals in their previous three losses, holding a powered offence like Pittsburgh to just three tallies, was very much a positive.

However, this is no time to rest on laurels, as the schedule gets significantly difficult beginning with today’s tilt against the Kings.  Florida will play LA, Nashville, Boston, Minnesota, and Chicago over the next five games.  None of those games will be easy, and all of them will feature teams that have varying styles of play.  If Florida can play with the intensity and aggressiveness that they did Friday night, and build some consistency in their game, then they can be competitive and have a chance to win.  The scoring was spread amongst five different players on Friday, and it was good to see players like Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann rekindle some of their magic from two seasons ago.  Also, Brad Boyes and Aleksander Barkov who both had three point nights was a pleasure to watch.  Boyes who leads the team in goals with four, is scoring at a 28% clip, as he’s taken 14 shots.  Barkov who is only 18 had what looked to be his best game so far in his young career.  For his age, he truly has good hockey sense, and can make some very smooth passes.

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Game Day Preview and Discussion: Lightning vs. Panthers

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 1-2-0 (2 PTS) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: 2-1-0 (4 PTS)


Game Day Song: “I Can Change” - LCD Soundsystem 

In the last leg of a grueling four game road-trip to begin their 2013-2014 campaign, the Florida Panthers will get their first taste of the Sunshine State rivalry this season tonight as they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning before heading home to take on the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Not suiting up for the Panthers tonight will be starting goaltender Tim Thomas who suffered a “slight groin pull” in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers. However, fans should still have reason to feel optimistic as youthful goaltender Jacob Markstrom will get the start in net tonight after stopping all 25 shots he faced in relief against the Flyers. Though it is reported that Thomas’ injury most likely won’t keep him out for an extended period of time, Markstrom could still grasp this opportunity and use it to earn more starts down the line as he still looks to prove himself as an everyday NHL goaltender early on in his career.

While you may think that losing their starting goaltender three games into the season would be the Panthers’ biggest cause for concern at this point, that is sadly the least of their worries. Heading into tonight’s game in Tampa, the Panthers have still yet to register a power play goal - going an astounding 0-16 with an extra man this season thus far. Although the Panthers’ power play has proven to be formidable in the past - 6th in the league last season - it is possible that the arrival of so many new faces has disrupted the Panthers’ once potent chemistry on the power play. For example, Tom Gilbert, who joined the team right before the season started, has clocked the 2nd most power play minutes on the team this season. Hopefully for the Panthers’ sake, once the team is given more time gel, the power play will start to click once again.

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Panthers Improved Play Not Enough To Overcome Flyers

Following Saturday night’s debacle in St Louis, a 7-0 loss, there was no way to go but up for the Florida Panthers. Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers saw the Cats thoroughly outplay their opponent but still walk away with a 2-1 loss.

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Tim Thomas Injured, Scott Clemmensen Recalled From San Antonio

After allowing the second of two very flukey first period goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, Panthers’ goaltender Tim Thomas exited the game after suffering an injury while attempting to make a save on the Flyers’ second goal of the evening. While Thomas has yet to receive a full diagnosis, the team is currently saying that Thomas’ suffered a lower-body injury and that it is not thought to be serious at this time. Prior to tonight’s game, Thomas had a 4.20 GAA / .873 SV% while going 1-1-0 for the Panthers.

Until the full extent of Thomas’ injury is known, the Florida Panthers are expected to recall veteran backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen from the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. Coming off a knee surgery that kept him out for three weeks, Clemmensen won his only start for the Rampage thus far while allowing just 1 goal on 25 shots faced. While it looks like Jacob Markstrom will now receive the bulk of the starts until Thomas’ return, the return of Clemmensen’s veteran presence to the dressing room should prove to be beneficial to the Panthers.

We will continue to update you on the extent of Thomas’ injury as more information comes forward.

Update: Tim Thomas reportedly has a “slight groin pull”, not expected to be serious, but Clemmensen should join the team in Tampa.

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Get Ready For The Upcoming Panthers’ Season By Re-Living Last Year’s Biggest Moments

With the arrival of new owner Vincent Viola and recent roster additions such as goaltender Tim Thomas, it’s hard to imagine that Panthers’ fans could get more excited for the upcoming season. However, before the puck drops in Dallas on Thursday for the team’s season opener, lets take a moment to look back at some of the biggest events of the Panthers’ 2012-2013 campaign.

While the teams eventual fall to 15th place in the Eastern Conference may be worth forgetting, there were several “wow” moments from last season that are definitely worth revisiting. Although the team could not find sustained success last season, it’s plays like the ones listed below that gave fans a glimpse into the future and what the Panthers may become someday.

Huberdeau Starts His Career With a Bang!

In front of a sellout crowd at the BB&T Center, Jonathan Huberdeau scores not only the first Panthers’ goal of the 2012-2013 season, but also the first of his hopefully stellar career.

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What Will Tim Thomas Bring to The Florida Panthers?

Tim Thomas (Wikipedia)

Tim Thomas (Wikipedia)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or perhaps a bunker, it’s fair to assume that you are already aware that former Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas has accepted a tryout with the Florida Panthers and took the ice for the first time yesterday afternoon at the team’s practice facility in Coral Springs. Although the mystery of where Thomas will sign is now no longer a hot topic, the question of what exactly he will bring to Florida is. On the surface, the potential signing of Thomas seems like a no-brainer based on his imposing hockey resume. Sporting a career .921 SV%, 2.48 GAA with a career record of 196-121-45 in 378 games professional games played, it’s hard to argue against the signing Thomas simply based on numbers.

Off the ice, Thomas’ became a lightning rod for controversy toward the end of his career with the Bruins due to his outspokenness on issues ranging from politics to gay rights. However, after 17 months away from the game and out from under the spotlight, it seems that Thomas is finally ready to get back to focusing on the  game he loves so much.

“I feel almost reborn in a way,” Thomas said to Panthers’ media after his first full practice with the team. “After 14 years of pro hockey, I got tired. I needed a break. But I’m energized and looking forward to it. I feel great.”

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Goalie Tryout Rob Madore Impresses at Panthers’ Rookie Tournament

With the sting of Friday’s 8-4 loss to the Nashville Predators still in the back of their minds, the Florida Panthers once again found themselves playing from behind against the Boston Bruins in Friday’s installment of the team’s annual rookie tournament. After going down 4-0 early in the first period of Saturday’s game, the Panthers once again looked as if they may fall victim to yet another blowout in front of their home fans. After the first intermission gave the Panthers time to “get angry” as center Nick Bjugstad stated, the team decided to pull goaltender Michael Houser midway through the 2nd period in favor of a mostly unknown tryout by the name of Rob Madore.

From that point on the game had a completely different feel. Madore stood on his head for the remainder of the game, stopping all 18 shots he faced, including several sprawling saves. In front of Madore, the team was finally able to establish their offense and complete an impressive 5-4 comeback victory. Although Nick Bjugstad garnered most of the post-game attention after leading the Panthers’ attack with three goals, it’s fair to argue that Madore may have been the best looking player in that game.

The question now is, who exactly is Rob Madore?

Rob Madore (Kelsey Hinds)

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Panther Parkway Radio: D- Camp, Signings, Panthers Future, Kovalchuk, & More!

Panthers just wrapped up their annual development camp, so there is tons to discuss! Take a listen as the staff of Panther Parkway discuss the exciting events that took place during last weeks development camp, as well as all of our newest signings!

Host: Frank Rekas

Guests: Paige Lewis and Jameson Cooper


  • Development Camp
  • Free Agency
  • Jacob Markstrom signing
  • Aleksander Barkov signing
  • Future of the Florida Panthers
  • Ilya Kovalchuk retiring

Click the link below for today’s podcast!


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Peter Mueller Does Not Receive Qualifying Offer From Panthers

On Tuesday, the immediate future of several Florida Panthers was revealed as Executive VP/GM Dale Tallon announced that the club has extended qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents: D Michael Caruso, F Shawn Matthias, G Jacob Markstrom, F Jon Rheault, D Colby Robak and F Scott Timmins.

While seeing some of these names may be a relief to many Panthers’ fans, there is one important person missing from this list, forward, Peter Mueller. After having concussion related issues for the majority of his young career, the Panthers signed the 25-year-old Mueller to a $1,725,000 low-risk contract - a move that would pay off in spades. Finally free of health concerns, Mueller made the most of his opportunity in South Florida - scoring 17 points (8G 9A) in 43 games, while also proving to be a valuable weapon in shootouts.

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