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A new season of Florida Panthers hockey — their 30th! — is upon us.

What better way to celebrate the opening of a new chapter than with a brand new FHN Mailbag?!?

With the Panthers finalizing their 2023-24 Opening Night roster and kicking things off Thursday in St. Paul against the Minnesota Wild, we know you all have your fair share of questions about the team.

Send ‘em all our way.

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It does not matter if it is about the lineup, the goalie situation, the 30th anniversary logo or what’s next at the arena, send them in.

Any and all questions are welcomed — and we try our best to answer them.

Getting your questions in is easy: You can either leave them here in the comment section or use Twitter (whatever) using the #AskGR hashtag.

Questions need to be in by the Wednesday at 4 p.m. and they will be published here at Florida Hockey Now on Thursday morning.

Then the season starts!

It really is that simple.

Ready, set … and go!



  • When: Thursday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (West Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); WCZR 101.7-FM (Treasure Coast); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • Last season: Florida won 2-0
  • This season: Florida @ Minnesota, Thursday; Minnesota @ Florida, Jan. 19
  • All-time regular season series: Minnesota leads 18-10-2, 1 tie
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Saturday at Winnipeg Jets, 4 p.m. (BSF, 790-AM)

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How are players paid during the preseason? Are the paid per their contract? How are unsigned PTO’s paid, since they are just there hoping to get a contract?


What are the odds of getting Patrick Kane? How do you fit him under the camp is he’s ready to be available around the same time as Montour and Ekblad?

Jon Baldwin

What is the George Richards all-time 30th anniversary team—of all the players that spent time here, what are your best four lines, three defensive pairings and two goalies. Feel free to throw in a couple of backups in case of injuries.

Harry Lampley

Tell me about Denisenko. Panther’s put him on waivers for reassignment. Vegas takes him off waivers. Vegas puts him on waivers. Seems like Panthers would take him back. If not, why not? What is the strategy here?

Cory Brolund

I think they just did not think it was worth carrying him on his one way deal for 2 years in minors based on his camp performance


Where do you have the Panthers finishing the regular season? Who is going to be the breakout player?

Dale Huber

After reading your story on Barkov with Rodrigues, it got me thinking of all the different players we have put on Barkov’s line. Can you think of any other 1Cs on a playoff team in recent years that has been in that situation? I think we under appreciate the way he brings out the best in other players.

Cats and Leafs

With the recent success of the team, lower bowl season tickets have sold out and there has been greater team coverage. Your site and you tube channel are obviously riding the same wave. Can you give us some insight as to how they have grown and what you foresee in the future? Did I notice some articles from authors other than you and Colby?


With roughly 18 in 30 years, the historical lifespan of Florida Panther head coaches is conspicuously brief. Other than Doug MacLean And Paul Maurice arguably having the most playoff success (along with a truncated Q), hasty turnover has denied many of any traction. This begs the question : who is charged with giving SERIOUS Thought and consideration to the momentous and consequential consideration of a Head Coaching change. Who is having table discussions with the General Manager? Does Vinny Viola command a spot at the table? Please name as many as you know that are involved, and their likely influence.… Read more »

Harrison Racicot

Hey George thanks for all your coverage,

Have their been any recent updates on the contract negotiations regarding Gustav Forsling, Brandon Montour, and Sam Reinhart?

Last edited 1 month ago by Harrison Racicot

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