Opening Day Thoughts

The Florida Panthers open their season tonight against the New Jersey Devils. I’ve got a few things on my mind, with the season upon us. How Fares Keith Yandle? The Panthers made a big splash this summer in acquiring the high scoring defenseman. Only Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith have more points than Yandle among […]


The Folly In Naming Derek MacKenzie Captain

The Florida Panthers introduced Derek MacKenzie as the eighth captain in franchise history today. The 35 year-old veteran of 453 NHL games is set to lead a young, dynamic team with aspirations of a deep playoff run. However, I am uncertain he is the right choice. Before I go making my case, I do want […]

The Offseason And Moving On

This past off-season began with fireworks, to put it lightly. Dale Tallon got promoted to President of Hockey Operations. A braintrust of Tom Rowe, Eric Joyce, and Steve Werier was installed below him. Trainers, scouts, and hockey ops staff were let go in waves. It was a seismic shift in front office structure, after the […]

Look Who Woke Up (Welcome Back)

Sometimes, you have to take a step back and take a look around. That’s what I had to do this summer. I have been writing here at The Sunshine Skate for a while now. I wrote a pre-game column for almost every Panthers game played since I joined the site in November 2014. I took […]


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A Deep Look at Henrik Borgström

Florida reached at 23rd overall for center (Kurt!) Henrik Borgström. Borgström was slated to go mid rounds, as the second year draft eligible grew nine (9!?!) inches in his first draft season. Coupled with the pain associated with such a growth spurt, its no wonder Borgström had zero interviews at the combine last year and […]

SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 04:  Ian Cole #28 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in action against Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on June 4, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2016 Stanley Cup ticket prices drop

The Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1) take on the San Jose Sharks (1-2) tonight in Game 4 of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, and ticket prices have been noticeably cheaper than last year. According to data pulled by TicketNetwork, the average price of a Game 4 ticket is $865, compared to $996 in 2015. Location is […]

Final Reaction to the Front Office Shuffle

The Panthers officially announced on Monday the front office changes that broke last weekend. Dale Tallon is now President of Hockey Operations, Tom Rowe is General Manager, and Eric Joyce and Steve Werier are both Assistant General Managers. In my piece last week, you can see some of the reservations I had. While not all […]

Digging In On Erik Gudbranson’s Extension

On Monday, the Florida Panthers announced that they had signed Erik Gudbranson to a one year contract extension. Terms were not announced by the team, but quickly appeared on CapFriendly and GeneralFanager: Gudbranson will make $3.5 million next year. As Florida makes a turn towards a more analytical model, I thought it might be interesting […]

Reaction: Front Office Restructuring

On Saturday night, it broke that the Panthers are shuffling their management structure. Dale Tallon has been promoted to President of Hockey Operations, with Tom Rowe named GM in his place. Eric Joyce, the GM of the Portland Pirates has been named an Assistant GM, as has Steve Werier, formerly the Panthers’ VP of Business […]

Game Day Thoughts (4/24/16)

It’s do or die time today, probably a little earlier than any of us wanted. No use crying over spilled milk though, this is the situation the Panthers find themselves in, and there’s nothing that can be done about that now.

Game Day Thoughts (4/22/16)

Happy game day! Pivotal Game 5 tonight, who ever wins gets a chance on Sunday to win their first playoff series in two decades and punch their ticket to face the Tampa Bay Lightning. These are exciting times.

Game Day Thoughts (4/20/16)

Tonight is pivotal Game 4 in Brooklyn. I bet we are all starting to feel a little tense out there. Want to feel better about the Panthers chances tonight?

Game Day Thoughts (4/17/16)

Happy day, Panthers fans! Tonight brings us to Brooklyn for Game 3 of the first round. In honor of the occasion, block a third of your TV screen tonight for an authentic experience.