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My NHL Trade Rumors: Sergei Bobrovsky is Done in Columbus
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky's time with the Columbus Blue Jackets is drawing to a close.
Whether he's moved before the Feb. 25th trade deadline or departs in July as an unrestricted free agent, the 30-year-old netminder won't be returning this fall for an eighth season with the Jackets.
Any lingering questions over his future in Columbus were likely dispelled after he missed last Thursday's game against the Nashville Predators. An unspecified incident involving Bobrovsky following last Tuesday's loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning prompted management to tell him to stay home.
No one on the club publicly discussed the issue.
Fansided: Florida Panthers Couldn't Generate any Offense Against Mediocre Canucks
Another day, another Florida Panthers loss. It's becoming evident that this team is just disinterested in competing at all. The morale of this team has hit rock bottom and the coaching staff has done nothing to address it.
The Panthers got off to a pretty decent start, but they failed to test Jacob Markstrom. The shots they did get through on goal were weak and were shots that Markstrom had no trouble handling.
Much throughout the season, the Panthers have relied heavily on their top six to carry the offense. While they've gotten little sparks out of their third line - other than their top line as of late - the rest hasn't been able to generate a thing.
Litter Box Cats: Recap: Canucks pull away late for 5-1 win over slumping Panthers
Ben Hutton snapped a 1-1 tie 7:20 into the third period and the Vancouver Canucks tacked on three late goals (two of them empty-netters) on their way to a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
Vancouver was the better team throughout, out-shooting the Cats by a 27-15 margin over the first forty minutes. Florida got to the third only down by one thanks to the fine goaltending of former Canuck Roberto Luongo, who kept his club in the game for close to the duration with some high-quality saves.
If that was Luongo's final appearance in Vancouver, he can be proud of his performance.
Miami Herald: Eriksson, Canucks deal Panthers 6th straight loss, 5-1
Loui Eriksson had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 Sunday.
Ben Hutton, Markus Granlund, Brock Boeser and Jay Beagle also scored for Vancouver. Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 shots.
Frank Vatrano scored for the Panthers, who have lost six straight. Roberto Luongo had 31 saves.
Despite playing for the visitors, Luongo, the former Canucks netminder, received raucous cheers of "Louuuu!" from the crowd every time he stopped the puck.Digital Access For Only $0.99
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Vancouver controlled play from the outset, keeping the Panthers pinned in their own end for long stretches.
Miami Herald: Panthers' struggles continue with sixth loss in a row
The Florida Panthers headed to Vancouver looking to end their five-game losing streak but fell short in a 5-1 loss to the Canucks on Sunday evening.
There was a sense of anticipation to the game before the puck was even dropped. Whether it was because of Roberto Luongo was making his yearly return to Vancouver or the residual effects from the previous meeting, that saw Panthers defender Mike Matheson injure Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson, the crowd and both teams were engaged early on.
The two squads traded chances early in the first period with the Panthers getting notable high-end chances from Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann.
Litter Box Cats: GameThread: Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks
FLA in Season Series: Game 2 of 2 - LBC Caterwaul
Where: Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC
When: 7:00 p.m.
Watch: FOX Sports Florida, SportsNet
Expected starters: Florida: Luongo (8-10-1 3.36) / Vancouver: Markstrom (17-12-4 2.88)
Fansided: Florida Panthers: Motivation and Identity Lacking at a Crucial Time
Florida have lost all five of their games in 2019, falling 4-3 away in Buffalo, a heart-wrenching 4-3 OT loss against Columbus, an embarrassing 5-1 loss at Pittsburgh, as well as another one to a McDavid-led Oilers, while blowing a famous two-goal lead in Calgary, 4-3.
There was so much about the Pittsburgh game (specifically) to be disgusted about, yet another terrible start with terrible defense and lack of a clutch gene to score, which left the Panthers down 4-1 going into the third.
Instead of keeping his top lines going and playing them more to try to push for an early 3rd period goal to keep the game alive, Bob Boughner benched top players Jonathan Huberdeau, Mike Hoffman, and Keith Yandle.
Litter Box Cats: GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks
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But will Roberto Luongo return to Vancouver again after Sunday?
That question is on many observers' minds as the 39-year-old Florida Panthers goaltender prepares to suit up against his former Canucks squad in Vancouver for potentially the last time before retiring from the NHL.
But Luongo, who has been hampered by injuries this season, does not know, either.
"It's understandable that people are curious," he told InGoal Magazine when queried about how long he will keep playing. "But to be honest with you, I don't know myself.
Fansided: Florida Panthers: Change Seriously Needs to Come
For those who watched last night's outing, I feel sorry for you. I also feel sorry for myself, sitting through a two-hour game to witness what I saw last night.
The two-goal lead that the Florida Panthers got off to really meant nothing. It's been the same theme all season, and in case you haven't guessed it, I'm basically saying that no lead is safe when the Panthers are in front.
Not that I want to come across or appear like I know it all - because obviously I don't - but I knew right after Huberdeau's goal that this lead wouldn't last.
Miami Herald: Two-goal edge not enough as Panthers' losing streak reaches five
A good effort on the second night of a back-to-back wasn't enough for the Panthers to find their way into the win column, as their losing skid was extended to five games.
The Panthers were the better team for the first 25 minutes Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Equal parts energetic and opportunistic, the Panthers spotted themselves a two-goal lead after Mike Hoffman buried a Flames turnover and Jonathan Huberdeau scored on an early second-period power play.
But then the Western Conference-leading Flames woke up, with their highly-potent offense coming alive and goaltender David Rittich shutting the door en route to a 4-3 victory over the Panthers.