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FHN Today: Florida Panthers Make a Trade, Lose in Boston



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Giovani Smith is the newest member of the Florida Panthers after being acquired in a three-team trade on Monday afternoon. Smith, a 2018 second-round draft pick, will start out in Charlotte. — Roger Lee Photographer (561) 866-2000

The Florida Panthers made a trade before the holiday roster freeze took hold on Monday night by being part of a three-team deal involving Detroit and Anaheim.

The Panthers on the current roster then found themselves down 4-0 in Boston early in the second period before making a game of it.

Interesting day.

The Panthers now come home for a couple of days, playing host to the New Jersey Devils before going back to the northeast to play the Islanders on Friday night.

Then, we break.


The Panthers scored three goals within a span of 5:20 in the second period to close to within a goal in Boston.

That was as close as they got.

Boston took advantage of some rust on Spencer Knight, got a pair of goals from Patrice Bergeron in the third and rolled the Panthers 7-3.

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— The Panthers were part of a three-team trade on Monday, sending veteran defenseman Michael Del Zotto to Anaheim and receiving forward Givani Smith from Detroit in the process.

Smith, who has played in 85 NHL games over the past four seasons, was assigned to Charlotte.

— Goalie Andrew Hammond announced his retirement on Monday in a Twitter post, saying an ankle injury sustained while with Montreal never healed right and kept him from playing at a high level.

Hammond was reportedly headed to training camp with the Panthers on a PTO but this injury information sheds more light on why he did not.

Florida brought in J-F Berube instead.

— Postgame reactions from Paul Maurice, Carter Verhaeghe and Matt Kiersted is up on the FHN YouTube Channel.

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Taking a look at Monday’s game from the Boston Bruins side of things.

They liked the way things looked, by the way.

Elias Lindholm played a big role in the Calgary Flames win in San Jose.

— The Washington Capitals rallied after a slow start to beat Detroit.

— Lots of drama in Philadelphia as Cam Atkinson has his season come to a close and Kevin Hayes says his benching was not warrented.



  • When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
  • National TV: TNT
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM 2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • Season Series (Florida leads 1-0): Panthers 4, Devils 2 (Dec. 17)
  • Last season: Florida won 2-1
  • All-time regular season series: Devils lead 56-34-7, 7 ties
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Friday at New York Islanders, 7:30 p.m.

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Maurice needs to go. Why on hell would he play Knight, who has been out with illness, when Bob was on fire? He makes one bad decision after another. If we miss the playoffs and Maruice is still coach, I would question whether Zito is the right person to be GM. It seems it doesn’t matter who the coach, GM, or ownership is at any given time; we seem to follow our best seasons with a slew of unnecessary changes and over-corrections that ultimately end of disrupting team chemistry, taking years to recover from.

resident grinch Vic

We had aggresive forecheck first ten minutes- then we stopped and it looked like we backed off.Why?I agree with you about knight start.Maurice is old boys club thinking and he is not good for this team.It will be 4-5 yrs before we have viable playoff team.I look for 12th place finish in our conference.


Next year…. well actually have cap room…significant cap room, maybe 10 million , depending on how much the cap rises which everyone seems to think is going to be at least two and a half more million. we can get some help on the blue line, we’ll be healthy (hopefully), we will most definitely improve our bottom six, this isn’t the fan speaking boys, but we should be significantly improved next year just for the fact of more talent will be able to bring in, not to mention the fact that we can actually have some healthy scratches, which will… Read more »

victor bagnato

Thx jay you are very knowledgable.Why didnt we keep up aggresive forecheck with boston after first 10 min.?Did Boston do something to defeat that?Trying to learn.


imo there are ebbs and flows in games where one team will “carry the play” more than the Thier opponent, you’ll often here the term “the ice is tilted” meaning one team seems to always be in their offensive zone for large chunks of time. It happens every game, and it’s controlling those moments and trying to match the other teams energy that’s the difference between a win and a loss (most nights anyway) in my opinion, we simply failed to match Bostons energy level, after the first 10 or 15 minutes of the game, much of that, again in… Read more »

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