Thursday, June 23, 2016

Panthers Trade Rocco Grimaldi For Reto Berra

     The Florida Panthers acquired goalie Reto Berra from the Colorado Avalanche for forward Rocco Grimaldi on Thursday. Grimaldi was called up twice this season by Florida from their minor league affiliate in Portland. He had three goals and two assists in 20 games for the Panthers.
     Berra split his time between the Colorado Avalanche and their AHL affiliate in San Antonio last season. He was 5-8-0 with a 2.41 goals against average, .922 save percentage and two shutouts in 14 games with the Avs in 2015-16.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jaromir Jagr Wins Bill Masterton Trophy

     Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr received the 2016 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Wednesday at the National Hockey League annual awards in Las Vegas. The award goes to an NHL player who best exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. It is the first time that somebody from the Panthers franchise to receive that honor.
     Jagr played for Florida last season and compiled 27 goals and 39 assists for 66 points in 79 games. He passed Marcel Dionne and Brett Hull in career goals and surpassed Gordie Howe in career points. Jagr had previously won the Art Ross Trophy on five occasions and the Hart Memorial Trophy once.

Matthew Dayes On Magazine Cover

     Former South Florida high school football player Matthew Dayes appears on the ACC regional cover of Athlon Sports. He has been a running back with the North Carolina State University Wolfpack for the last three seasons. Dayes played for the Cypress Bay Lightning and helped the school reach the FHSAA Class 8A state championship game in 2012.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Florida Panthers Schedule Released

     The National Hockey League released the Florida Panthers schedule for the 2016-17 regular season on Tuesday. The Panthers will show off their new logo and uniforms for the upcoming campaign. Florida will raise their 2015-16 Atlantic Division banner to the rafters of the BB&T Center on opening night as they host the New Jersey Devils on October 13.
     The Panthers will host all their Atlantic Division opponents twice during the season which includes the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators. The exception is the Boston Bruins who will be in Sunrise three times. The Cats will play all 14 Western Conference teams once at home.
     Florida takes on the club that knocked them out of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at home on two occasions as they face the New York Islanders on November 12 and January 13. The defending Stanley Cup champions come to town as the Pittsburgh Penguins appear on December 8. In terms of Metropolitan Division opponents, the Panthers host the Devils, Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets twice this season while they host the Penguins, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals once.

Panthers Acquire Keith Yandle

     The Florida Panthers acquired defensemen Keith Yandle from the New York Rangers on Monday for a 2016 sixth round draft pick and a conditional 2017 draft selection. The Panthers are taking a risk to sign him as he is an unrestricted free agent at the end of June.
     Yandle had previously played for the Phoenix Coyotes for nine seasons and was traded to the New York Rangers in March 2015. He has 72 goals and 297 assists in 661 career games.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Marlins Lose To Rockies, Set Major League Record

     The Miami Marlins failed to complete a four-game sweep and lost to the Colorado Rockies 5-3 at Marlins Park on Monday night. Both clubs set a major league baseball record as they combined for eight solo home runs in one game. They also collaborated for the most home runs ever in a game played at Marlins Park.
     Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton began with solo shots in the first inning for Miami(37-33). In the top of the second, Colorado(33-36) bounced back with solo home runs by Trevor Story, Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley.
     Ozuna would hit his second home run of the contest in the fourth inning while Reynolds matched it during the sixth inning for a Rockies 4-3 lead. Charlie Blackmon blasted a solo homer in the ninth inning for the victory.

Marlins Shut Out Rockies

     The Miami Marlins blanked the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Sunday at Marlins Park. The Fish have won five of their last six games and moved in second place in the National League East. Miami(37-32) starting pitcher Tom Koehler allowed no runs on two hits and struck out six batters in six innings of work.
      Colorado(32-36) surrendered three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Marcell Ozuna blasted his 13th home run of the season which was a three-run homer to left-center field on a 2-0 pitch.