Panthers' Joe Thornton says he's undecided on playing future
Panthers Lightning Hockey Florida Panthers center Joe Thornton (19) ongratulates Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper after the Lightning eliminated the Panthers during Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 23, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara)SUNRISE, Fla. — (AP) — Joe Thornton’s career may be over. Thornton has played 1,714 games — sixth most in regular-season history — with San Jose, Boston, Toronto and now the Panthers. Thornton appeared in 34 games with the Panthers this season, scoring five goals and adding five assists. Thornton played in only one playoff game with the Panthers, that being the series finale against the Lightning. “I think the world of Joe Thornton,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said.wftv.com
For Panthers, regular season success didn't lead to Cup run
SUNRISE, Fla. — (AP) — There will be a Presidents’ Trophy banner hanging over the Florida Panthers’ home ice next season. And the earliest that the Panthers will again have to hear about a 26-year drought between playoff series wins is in 2048. On those levels, it was a tremendous season for the Panthers. The best team in hockey’s regular season fell well short of its goal in the postseason. Thornton came to Florida with hopes of finally hoisting a Stanley Cup; time will tell if he has one more season in him.wftv.com
Vasilevskiy, Lightning beat Panthers 2-0 in Game 4 for sweep
Andrei Vasilevskiy had 49 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning completed a four-game sweep of the Florida Panthers with a 2-0 victory that sends the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions back to the Eastern Conference final for the sixth time in eight years.
Panthers beat Red Wings 5-2, clinch best record in East
Red Wings Panthers Hockey Florida Panthers center Noel Acciari (55) scores past Detroit Red Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (39) as Red Wings defenseman Jordan Oesterle (82), Panthers center Joe Thornton (19) and defenseman Gustav Lindstrom (28) look on during the first period of an NHL hockey game ,Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay) (Reinhold Matay)SUNRISE, Fla. — (AP) — The Florida Panthers are champions of the NHL's Atlantic Division. Aleksander Barkov scored his 38th goal of the season and the Panthers tied a franchise record with their 12th straight win, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night. I think we’ve been able to do that all season long.”The Panthers scored three goals on seven shots in the first period. After Gagner’s wrist shot went under Bobrovsky’s glove to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 4:08, Acciari tied the score 1-all on a shot from the low slot at 9:19. The Panthers have the NHL’s best record, by far, in games in which they face a 1-0 deficit.wftv.com
Joe Thornton, 42 and eyeing Stanley Cup, signs with Panthers
Thornton’s pursuit of the elusive Stanley Cup is bringing him to the Florida Panthers. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe, File) (Josie Lepe)SUNRISE, Fla. — (AP) — Joe Thornton’s pursuit of an elusive Stanley Cup is bringing him to the Florida Panthers at age 42. But everything is about ultimately winning the Stanley Cup and the Panthers are right there in my opinion." The Lightning went on to win the Stanley Cup, their second consecutive title. Thornton has done about all there is in hockey, except win a Stanley Cup.wftv.com
Joe Thornton, 42 and not done yet, signs with Panthers
Panthers Thornton Hockey FILE - San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in San Jose, Calif., in this Friday, April 12, 2019, file photo. Thornton’s pursuit of the elusive Stanley Cup is bringing him to the Florida Panthers. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe, File) (Josie Lepe)SUNRISE, Fla. — (AP) — Joe Thornton’s pursuit of the elusive Stanley Cup is bringing him to the Florida Panthers. The 42-year-old Thornton signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Friday, making Florida his fourth franchise in a now 24-year NHL career. “With more than 1,600 games played in the NHL, Joe will bring a wealth of experience to our locker room and lineup,” Panthers general manager Bill Zito said.wftv.com
NHL offseason moves influenced by coronavirus' impact on cap
Zdeno Chara is no longer in Boston after the Bruins captain signed with Washington. And the Sabres made an even bigger splash in free agency by landing 2018 NHL MVP Taylor Hall in October. Hall, for example, signed a one-year, $8 million deal with Buffalo by realizing the free-agent market was going to be tight. Oilers general manager Ken Holland chalked it up to the new economic realities facing the NHL. “It’s salary-cap related, which is related to the pandemic, which has given us a hard, flat cap for the foreseeable future,” Holland said.