Florida Panthers 2014 News and Updates
3/3/14 – After losing their first two games after the Olympic break, the Panthers are back on track with a 5-3 win over the Isles to snap a four-game losing streak. Florida has made some minor changes to its roster, acquiring RW Mark Mancari from the St Louis Blues in exchange for LW Eric Selleck and adding Hawks’ Brandon Pirri in exchange for 2 draft picks. The biggest change will be in the front office as Florida Panthers president Michael Yormark stepped down to help Jay Z run the business side of Roc Nation. Rory Babich is expected to take over for Yormark Monday afternoon.
2/26/14 - Good news and bad news South Florida hockey fan - your Panthers have no shot at the playoffs, but you can see them skate against one of the best teams, the Boston Bruins on March 9 starting at under $20 per ticket and the average ticket price for all remaining games is second lowest in the league at just $51/game. That’s a pretty good deal to get out of the heat and humidity and enjoy some NHL hockey, and use the BB&T Center’s AC instead of yours.
2/21/14 – Before the break, the Florida Panthers lost five of their last six and were outscored by a margin of 24-8 in those losses. It’s been a tough season for the Cats and the organization who are not only suffering in attendance numbers (fourth lowest in the NHL ) but also financially, recently asking for a $86 million bailout. Now, both Panthers’ Olympic players - Centerman Aleksander Barkov and Right wing Tomas Kopecky - are hurt. But, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon and new owner Vincent Viola are ready to turn things around, making the Florida Panthers “the best franchise in sports.” With players like Nick Bjugstad, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau, the potential for greatness is there; now the Panthers will need to spend in the offseason to pick up some veterans to surround the youngsters – something Vinnie has no problem doing.
2/4/14 – After three straight losses, the Florida Panthers will look to bounce back against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at home. Thursday the two teams played at the Air Canada Centre and the Leafs beat the Panthers 6-3. Rumors continue to swirl around defenceman Dmitry Kulikov, the Panthers first-round pick in 2009 who can become a restricted free agent this summer. Second-year forward Drew Shore was sent to the AHL to clear space for Aleksander Barkov, back from a knee injury; it will be Shore’s second time playing with Panthers' AHL affiliate in San Antonio, but he is expected to return following the 20-day Olympic break.
1/29/14 – The Panthers will play their third of four straight road games Thursday night in Toronto before heading to Columbus on Saturday. The Leafs have won four straight at home but the Panthers snapped a three-game series losing streak in Toronto Dec 17, the last time the two teams met. If you recall, Toronto-area native and Panthers forward Brad Boyes helped get the win, scoring his third goal in four games. Florida will return to BB&T Center Feb 4 to face the Maple Leafs on home ice. Pay an average $60 a seat to watch the Atlantic Division foes face off in Fort Lauderdale, 2.5x less per ticket than the 1/30 meeting between the two teams at Air Canada Centre.
2/25/13 - For the first time in 12 years, the Florida Panthers advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year. Although the team didn't make it far in the NHL Playoffs, things did look up for the team heading into 2013. Despite Florida's success in 2012, Panthers hockey tickets did not see the significant increases that other NHL teams saw. The average Florida Panthers tickets at BB&T Center were $60 at the beginning of the season, third cheapest in the League. BB&T Center has been the Florida Panthers arena that they have called home since the 1998 season.
Florida Panthers 2013-2014 Season
The Panthers took a step back last season, following their first-ever postseason appearance with the lowest point total in the NHL. This season, the Panthers hope to improve and compete for a top-three spot in the realigned Atlantic Division. The average price for Panthers tickets at home in 2013-14 is $110, 22nd highest in the NHL and 37% below league average. The most expensive game at the BB&T Center comes on 12/29 against the Canadiens
, averaging $158.
Despite cheap Panthers tickets for home games, Florida was the fourth most expensive road team at the beginning of the NHL season. However, after under-performing in the beginning of the season Panthers away tickets are now thirteenth most expensive. In the last 8 years, the search for "Florida Panthers tickets" according to Google Trends was highest in January of 2013. Interest quickly fell; in one short month, searches dropped by 25%.
In the second half of the shortened 2013 NHL season, the Cats look to improve and stop their opponents from scoring; the team currently has the worst goal differential in the Eastern Conference and fewest goals. Trying to turn things around, Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau has contributed 8 goals and 13 points. Key Divisional matchups on the Florida Panthers schedule at home: Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets, and Tampa Bay Lightning.