It looks like Jakob Chychrun will finally be able to play in an NHL game once again after the Ottawa Senators added the coveted Arizona defenseman in a deal prior to Friday’s NHL Trade Deadline.
Chychrun, the son of Florida Panthers’ television analyst Jeff, has not played in a game since Feb. 10 as the Coyotes had kept him out of the lineup to keep him from getting hurt before the deadline.
Arizona was asking an extremely high price for Chychrun what for his talent level as well as his favorable contract moving forward.
They did not cash in the way they had hoped — getting a conditional first-round pick, and two second-round picks.
Speaking of players from South Florida who now are former Coyotes, Arizona sent Shayne Gostisbehere to Carolina for a third-round pick.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, who are in Tampa tonight before playing the Panthers on Saturday, were busy last night as GM Ron Hextall made two trades.
First, the Pens traded center Teddy Blueger to the Vegas Golden Knights; Pittsburgh then acquired Nashville forward Mikael Granlund.
The Penguins may not be done.
There is plenty more to come before the NHL Trade Deadline although things sound quiet around the Panthers.
Florida may still be tired from all the moves it made at this time last year.
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The Florida Panthers had a new goalie on the ice as Roberto Luongo surprisingly stepped in for Sergei Bobrovsky at Wednesday’s practice.
Luongo had not put on the goalie pads from his final game in 2019 until being asked to participate in the All-Star festivities. After the Skills competition, Luongo said he was open to getting back in net a little more often.
The Panthers were thrilled to be out there with him.
- The Panthers are back in action tonight after beating the Lightning 4-1 on Tuesday.
- Coach Paul Maurice has been stressing that his team cannot get too high or too low in this chase for a playoff spot.
- Taking a trip down memory lane as we look at the best NHL Trade Deadline moves the Panthers have made. Some names to ponder: Jagr, Luongo and Sheppard.
- Maurice says he believes the Panthers will not be sellers at the deadline. We’ll see.
- New video from Maurice, Radko Gudas and Matthew Tkachuk from Wednesday in Sunrise is up on the FHN YouTube Channel. You can click the embedded videos below or click RIGHT HERE to see everything all in one place.
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The Detroit Red Wings had a busy day despite being off.
First, they signed captain Dylan Larkin to a nice extension. Then the Wings became sellers as they traded Filip Hronek for a first-round pick.
Could Tyler Bertuzzi be on his way out as well?
UPDATE: Yeah, they’re reporting he’s off to the Boston Bruins.
- The Washington Capitals won in Anaheim and pull into a tie with the Panthers in the standings. They are still open for business when it comes to the trade deadline as they sent Lars Eller to Colorado.
- For every seller there is a buyer — and the Colorado Avalanche add another nice piece in Eller.
- Speaking of buyers, the Rangers beat the Philadelphia Flyers.
- The Calgary Flames season is on the line — and they’re going with Jacob Markstrom.
- Looks like the New York Islanders are looking for a defenseman.
- Are the Boston Bruins trying to move defenseman Mike Reilly?
- Jonathan Quick leaves SoCal as Los Angeles Kings legend.
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS
- When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
- Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
- TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Sun, ESPN+
- 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 (Predators lead 1-0): Nashville 7, Florida 3 (Feb. 16)
- Last season: Florida won 2-0
- All-time regular season series: Florida leads 21-13-6, 3 ties
- Up Next for the Panthers: Pittsburgh at Florida, Saturday, 6 p.m.