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Panthers Hire Roberto Luongo

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The Florida Panthers have officially announced their hiring of former goaltender Roberto Luongo as special advisor to the general manager.

Luongo announced his retirement earlier this year.

“I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with Roberto during his time playing for the Panthers and am proud to welcome him to our franchise’s hockey operations staff” Panthers’ general manager Dave Tallon said in a statement. “Roberto always approached every game with an unmatched work ethic and we are confident he will take to this new role with the same passion. A cornerstone player in our franchise’s history, we are thrilled that ’Lu’ will have a hand in shaping our franchise’s future.”

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Panthers Hire Joel Quenneville

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The Florida Panthers have hired Joel Quenneville as their next head coach following the recent dismissal of Bob Boughner.

Quenneville was easily the biggest name on the coaching market, and has a relationship with Panthers general manager Dale Tallon from their days together with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tallon released the following statement about the hire:

“Joel is a three-time Stanley Cup champion head coach who will be a transformative leader for the Florida Panthers franchise. We’ve seized the opportunity to add one of the most successful head coaches in hockey history and we’re thrilled that Joel has agreed to take on the challenge of leading our promising young team. I’ve worked with Joel previously and have seen firsthand how his passion for the game, head coaching experience and leadership can impact an organization. Joel will accelerate our growth into a club that qualifies for the playoffs consistently and competes every year toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”

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Panthers’ Vincent Trocheck Undergoing Surgery for ‘Significant’ Damage

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Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck is undergoing surgery Tuesday to repair “significant damage” to his leg and will be on the shelf for the long-term, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Trocheck was stretchered off the ice during Monday’s game against the Ottawa Senators when his right leg bent awkwardly while he was battling for a loose puck near the boards. You can see the video below, but it includes graphic content:

 

Trocheck was playing well this season for Florida, putting in 14 points in 18 games this season.

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Panthers Targeting Next Week for Roberto Luongo Return

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The Florida Panthers are eyeing next week for the return of netminder Roberto Luongo, according to Panthers head coach Bob Boughner on Wednesday.

Luongo has been out since injuring his knee during the Panthers’ season opener when teammate Frank Vatrano fell on his leg.

“I think the plan is for him to … unless there’s a complete surprise that I haven’t heard yet, the plan is for him to probably try and play next week when we get home,” Boughner said, according to NHL.com’s Brian Compton. “This is more of a rehab week.”

“He does look good,” Boughner said. “I know his knee feels good. So hopefully we’ll hear something in the next few days what his plans are.”

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