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2014–15 Florida Panthers · NHL
Division 6th Atlantic
Conference 10th Eastern
2014–15 record 38–29–15
Home record 21–13–7
Road record 17–16–8
Goals for 206
Goals against 223
General Manager Dale Tallon
Coach Gerard Gallant
Captain Willie Mitchell
Alternate captains Dave Bolland
Brian Campbell
Derek MacKenzie
Scottie Upshall
Arena BB&T Center
Average attendance 11,265 (66.1%)[1]
(41 games)
Team leaders
Goals Nick Bjugstad (24)
Assists Jonathan Huberdeau (39)
Points Jonathan Huberdeau (54)
Penalties in minutes Erik Gudbranson (58)
Wins Roberto Luongo (28)
Goals against average Luongo, Ellis (2.35)

The 2014–15 Florida Panthers season was the 22nd season for the National Hockey League (NHL) franchise that was established on June 14, 1993.[2]

Off-seasonEdit

On April 29, 2014, General Manager Dale Tallon relieved Interim Head Coach Peter Horachek of his duties, and announced that the Panthers were looking to hire a new head coach with NHL experience prior to June 27, 2014, when the 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be held.[3]

Training camp Edit

The Panthers will play in six pre-season exhibition games before the start of the 2014–15 regular season.[4]

Regular seasonEdit

Memorable events Edit

On March 3, 2015, in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Roberto Luongo suffered an injury and was forced to leave the game; he was replaced by backup Al Montoya. Later in the same game, however, Montoya also suffered an injury. Without another available goaltender (NHL teams seldom have a third goaltender on the roster), Montoya attempted to continue playing with the injury while the team debated their options, reportedly considered between either having forward Derek MacKenzie play the position or calling on a "local" goaltender. Forty-one-year-old Goaltending Coach Rob Tallas subsequently dressed in goaltending gear, registered with the team's roster and began warming up in the dressing room tunnel in preparation to enter the game as an emergency backup, but before entering the game, however, Luongo was able to return and finish the remainder of the game. Allegedly, Luongo was at the hospital when Montoya was injured and was rushed back to the arena. This marked the second such instance for Tallas being called in as an emergency backup, with the other occurrence happening the previous season and also preventing him from officially entering the game as the original goaltender returned. Had he played, it would have been his first appearance in a in an NHL game in 14 years. The incident has reportedly lead the NHL to consider reviewing its rules for "emergency" players and led the Panthers to hold open tryouts for a "fill-in" goaltender.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Suspensions/fines Edit

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Vincent Trocheck Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 577 in Washington on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 11:04 of the third period. $2,000.00 January 7, 2015[5]
Dmitri Kulikov Clipping Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin during NHL game No. 820 in Dallas on Friday, February 13, 2015, at 13:05 of the third period. 4 games $93,189.96 February 16, 2015[6]

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2014–15 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs Edit

Despite having 91 points, the Panthers failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

Player stats Edit

Final stats

Skaters

Regular Season[7]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Huberdeau, JonathanJonathan Huberdeau 79 15 39 54 10 38
Jokinen, JussiJussi Jokinen 81 8 36 44 −2 34
Bjugstad, NickNick Bjugstad 72 24 19 43 −7 38
Ekblad, AaronAaron Ekblad 81 12 27 39 12 32
Boyes, BradBrad Boyes 78 14 24 38 11 20
Barkov, AleksanderAleksander Barkov 71 16 20 36 −4 16
Hayes, JimmyJimmy Hayes 72 19 16 35 −4 20
Campbell, BrianBrian Campbell 82 3 24 27 4 22
Pirri, BrandonBrandon Pirri 49 22 2 24 6 14
Bolland, DaveDave Bolland 53 6 17 23 4 48
Kulikov, DmitriDmitri Kulikov 73 3 19 22 0 48
Trocheck, VincentVincent Trocheck 50 7 15 22 9 24
Fleischmann, TomasTomas Fleischmann

|| 52 || 7 || 14 || 21 || 12 || 8

Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr

|| 20 || 6 || 12 || 18 || 7 || 6

Bergenheim, SeanSean Bergenheim

|| 39 || 8 || 10 || 18 || 2 || 34

Upshall, ScottieScottie Upshall 63 8 7 15 −8 28
Gudbranson, ErikErik Gudbranson 76 4 9 13 −4 58
MacKenzie, DerekDerek MacKenzie 82 5 6 11 −17 45
Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell 66 3 5 8 1 25
Kopecky, TomasTomas Kopecky 64 2 6 8 −19 28
Olsen, DylanDylan Olsen 44 2 6 8 −7 20
Thornton, ShawnShawn Thornton 46 1 4 5 −13 50
Kampfer, StevenSteven Kampfer 25 2 2 4 −4 12
Petrovic, AlexAlex Petrovic 33 0 3 3 −4 34
O'Brien, ShaneShane O'Brien 9 0 1 1 −4 5
Grimaldi, RoccoRocco Grimaldi 7 1 0 1 1 4
Wilson, GarrettGarrett Wilson 2 0 0 0 −2 0
Robak, ColbyColby Robak

|| 7 || 0 || 0 || 0 || −1 || 2

Goaltenders
Regular Season[7]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo 61 61 3528 28 19 12 138 2.35 1743 0.921 2 0 0 0
Montoya, AlAl Montoya 20 13 977 6 7 2 49 3.01 453 0.892 0 0 0 2
Ellis, DanDan Ellis 8 8 486 4 3 1 19 2.35 221 0.914 1 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Panthers. Stats reflect time with the Panthers only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Panthers only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Notable achievements Edit

Awards Edit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Ekblad, AaronAaron Ekblad NHL Third Star of the Week[8] December 8, 2014
Huberdeau, JonathanJonathan Huberdeau NHL Third Star of the Week[9] January 12, 2015
Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo NHL All-Star game selection[10] January 10, 2015
Ekblad, AaronAaron Ekblad NHL All-Star Game rookie selection[10] January 10, 2015

Milestones Edit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Ekblad, A.A. Ekblad 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 9, 2014
Kulikov, D.D. Kulikov 100th Career NHL Point October 17, 2014
Mitchell, W.W. Mitchell 800th Career NHL Game October 18, 2014
Grimaldi, R.R. Grimaldi 1st Career NHL Game November 1, 2014
A. Ekblad 1st Career NHL Goal November 1, 2014
Upshall, S.S. Upshall 500th Career NHL Game November 4, 2014
Hayes, J.J. Hayes 100th Career NHL Game November 4, 2014
Bjugstad, N.N. Bjugstad 100th Career NHL Game November 11, 2014
Boyes, B.B. Boyes 700th Career NHL Game November 18, 2014
R. Grimaldi 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
November 22, 2014
Montoya, A.A. Montoya 100th Career NHL Game December 13, 2014
Olsen, D.D. Olsen 100th Career NHL Game December 16, 2014
Gudbranson, E.E. Gudbranson 200th Career NHL Game December 20, 2014
Jokinen, J.J. Jokinen 700th Career NHL Game January 13, 2015
Fleischmann, T.T. Fleischmann 300th Career NHL Point February 10, 2015
Barkov, A.A. Barkov 100th Career NHL Game February 19, 2015
Campbell, B.B. Campbell 900th Career NHL Game February 28, 2015
B. Boyes 200th Career NHL Goal March 1, 2015
Huberdeau, J.J. Huberdeau 100th Career NHL Point March 12, 2015
Thornton, S.S. Thornton 600th Career NHL Game March 21, 2015
Bolland, D.D. Bolland 400th Career NHL Game March 26, 2015
D. Bolland 200th Career NHL Point March 29, 2015
Pirri, B.B. Pirri 100th Career NHL Game April 2, 2015
Luongo, R.R. Luongo 400th Career NHL Win April 2, 2015
Jagr, J.J. Jagr 1,800th Career NHL Point April 9, 2015
J. Jokinen 300th Career NHL Assist April 9, 2015

Transactions Edit

The Panthers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season:

TradesEdit

Date
Details
June 28, 2014[11] To New York Islanders
3rd-round pick in 2015
To Florida Panthers
3rd-round pick in 2014
October 6, 2014[12] To New York Rangers
Joey Crabb
To Florida Panthers
Steven Kampfer
Andrew Yogan
December 4, 2014[13] To Anaheim Ducks
Colby Robak
To Florida Panthers
Jesse Blacker
future conditional draft pick
January 9, 2015[14] To Calgary Flames
Drew Shore
To Florida Panthers
Corban Knight
February 24, 2015[15] To Minnesota Wild
Sean Bergenheim
7th-round pick in 2016
To Florida Panthers
3rd-round pick in 2016
February 26, 2015[16] To New Jersey Devils
2nd-round pick in 2015
Conditional 3rd-round pick in 2016
To Florida Panthers
Jaromir Jagr
February 28, 2015[17] To Anaheim Ducks
Tomas Fleischmann
To Florida Panthers
Dany Heatley
3rd-round pick in 2015
June 19, 2015
[18]
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Zach Hyman
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2017
To Florida Panthers
Greg McKegg

Free agents acquired Edit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2014 Al Montoya Winnipeg Jets 2 years, $2.1 million [19]
July 1, 2014 Derek MacKenzie Columbus Blue Jackets 3 years, $3.9 million [20]
July 1, 2014 Shawn Thornton Boston Bruins 2 years, $2.4 million [21]
July 1, 2014 Dave Bolland Toronto Maple Leafs 5 years, $27.5 million [22]
July 1, 2014 Jussi Jokinen Pittsburgh Penguins 4 years, $16 million [23]
July 1, 2014 Willie Mitchell Los Angeles Kings 2 years, $8.5 million [24]
July 1, 2014 Blake Parlett Providence Bruins 1 year, $575,000 [25]
July 4, 2014 Brett Olson Abbotsford Heat 1 year, $550,000 [26]
July 4, 2014 Greg Zanon San Antonio Rampage 1 year, $600,000 [26]
October 6, 2014 Shane O'Brien Calgary Flames 1 year, $650,000 [27]
March 20, 2015 Colin Stevens Union College entry-level contract [28]
June 1, 2015 Chase Balisy St. John's IceCaps entry-level contract [29]

Free agents lost Edit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2014 Tom Gilbert Montreal Canadiens 2 years, $5.6 million [30]
July 1, 2014 Scott Clemmensen New Jersey Devils 1 year, $600,000 [31]
July 1, 2014 Jesse Winchester Colorado Avalanche 2 years, $1.8 million [32]
December 1, 2014 Scott Gomez New Jersey Devils 1 year, $550,000 [33]

Claimed via waivers Edit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers

Lost via waivers Edit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers

Lost via retirement Edit

Player

Players released Edit

Date Player Via Ref
June 30, 2014 Ed Jovanovski Compliance buyout [34]

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 2, 2014 Sam Brittain 2 year, $1.51 million entry-level contract [25]
July 10, 2014 Erik Gudbranson 2 years, $5 million [35]
July 14, 2014 Dylan Olsen 2 years, $1.55 million [36]
July 14, 2014 Garrett Wilson 1 year, $715,000 [36]
July 14, 2014 Ryan Martindale 1 year, $715,000 [36]
July 16, 2014 Brandon Pirri 2 years, $1.85 million [37]
July 18, 2014 Dmitri Kulikov 3 years, $13 million [38]
July 29, 2014 Jimmy Hayes 1 year, $925,000 [39]
September 3, 2014 Aaron Ekblad 3 years, $11.325 million entry-level contract [40]
March 14, 2015 Steven Kampfer 2 years, contract extension [41]
March 29, 2015 Kyle Rau entry-level contract [42]
April 1, 2015 Mike Matheson entry-level contract [43]
April 9, 2015 Josh Brown entry-level contract [44]
April 12, 2015 Jaromir Jagr 1 year [45]
May 28, 2015 Brett Olson 1 year [46]

Draft picksEdit

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 27–28, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[47] On April 15, 2014, the Panthers won the draft lottery to jump ahead of the Buffalo Sabres and secure the first selection in the draft.[48]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1 Aaron Ekblad D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Barrie Colts (OHL)
2 32 Jayce Hawryluk RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
3 65[a] Juho Lammikko RW Flag of Finland Finland Assat U20 (FIN U20)
4 92 Joe Wegwerth RW Flag of the United States United States USA U-18 (USHL)
5 143[b] Miguel Fidler LW Flag of the United States United States Edina Hornets (MSHSL)
7 182[c] Hugo Fagerblom G Flag of Sweden Sweden Sweden Jr. U18
Draft notes
  • The Florida Panthers' third-round pick went to the Nashville Predators as the result of a trade on June 28, 2014 that sent a third and fourth-round pick (72nd and 102nd overall) both in 2014 to San Jose in exchange for this pick.[49]
        San Jose previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 27, 2014 that sent a first-round pick and the Rangers sixth-round pick both in 2014 (20th and 179th overall) to Chicago in exchange for a first-round pick in 2014 (27th overall) and this pick.[50]
        Chicago previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on March 2, 2014 that sent Brandon Pirri to Florida in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2016 and this pick.[51]
  • [a]

The New York Islanders' third-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a trade on June 28, 2014 that sent a third-round pick in 2015 to New York in exchange for this pick.[49]

  • Florida's fifth-round pick went to the New York Rangers, as the result of a trade on July 20, 2012 that sent Casey Wellman to Florida, in exchange for this pick.[52]
  • [b]

The Pittsburgh Penguins' fifth-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a trade on March 5, 2014 that sent Marcel Goc to Pittsburgh in exchange for a third-round pick in 2015 and this pick.[53]

  • Florida's sixth-round pick went to the New Jersey Devils, as the result of a trade on September 28, 2013 that sent Krys Barch and St. Louis' seventh-round pick in 2015 to Florida, in exchange for Scott Timmins and this pick.[54]
  • [c]

The Florida Panthers' seventh-round pick was re-acquired as the result of a trade on July 5, 2013 that sent George Parros to Montreal in exchange for Philippe Lefebvre and this pick.[55]
     Montreal previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on June 30, 2013 that sent a seventh-round pick in 2013 to Florida in exchange for this pick.[56]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books, 63. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  3. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=717102
  4. http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/22/4195337/florida-panthers-to-open-next.html
  5. Trocheck fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment. NHL (January 7, 2015).
  6. Kulikov suspended four games for clipping. NHL (February 16, 2015).
  7. 7.0 7.1 2014-2015 Regular Season Stats - Points - Florida Panthers - Statistics. Florida Panthers. Retrieved on April 15, 2015.
  8. Datsyuk, Bobrovsky, Ekblad named stars of the week. NHL (December 8, 2014).
  9. Backes, Varlamov and Huberdeau named week's stars. NHL (January 12, 2015). Archived from the original on January 12, 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 2015 NHL All-Star selections highlighted by three Columbus Blue Jackets. NHL (January 10, 2015).
  11. Florida Panthers Make Five Selections on Day Two of NHL Draft
  12. Florida Panthers Acquire D Steven Kampfer and F Andrew Yogan from New York Rangers
  13. Florida Panthers Acquire D Jesse Blacker from Anaheim
  14. Florida Panthers acquire F Corban Knight from Calgary
  15. Florida Panthers Acquire Minnesota’s 2016 Third-Round Draft Choice in exchange for F Sean Bergenheim
  16. Florida Panthers Acquire F Jaromir Jagr
  17. Florida Panthers Acquire F Dany Heatley & 2015 Third-Round Draft Choice from Anaheim in Exchange for F Tomas Fleischmann
  18. Florida Panthers Acquire F Greg McKegg. Florida Panthers (2015-06-19). Retrieved on 2015-06-19.
  19. G Al Montoya Agrees to Two Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  20. C Derek MacKenzie Agrees to Three-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  21. Shawn Thornton Agrees to Two-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  22. C Dave Bolland Agrees to Five-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  23. LW Jussi Jokinen Agrees to Four-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  24. D Willie Mitchell Agrees to Two-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  25. 25.0 25.1 Florida Panthers Agree to Entry Level Contract with G Sam Brittain
  26. 26.0 26.1 C Brett Olson and D Greg Zanon Agree to One-Year Contracts with Florida Panthers
  27. Florida Panthers Sign D Shane O’Brien
  28. Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with G Colin Stevens
  29. Florida Panthers Agree to Entry Level Contract with F Chase Balisy
  30. Canadiens agree to terms on a two-year contract with free agent defenseman Tom Gilbert
  31. Clemmensen signs with Devils
  32. Avalanche Signs Four Players
  33. Devils bring back veteran center Gomez
  34. http://panthers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=724649
  35. D Erik Gudbranson Inks Two-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Florida Panthers Sign D Dylan Olsen
  37. C Brandon Pirri Inks Two-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  38. D Dmitry Kulikov Inks Three-Year Contract with Florida Panthers
  39. Florida Panthers Agree to One-Year Contract with F Jimmy Hayes
  40. Florida Panthers Sign No. 1 Overall Draft Pick D Aaron Ekblads
  41. Florida Panthers Agree to Two-Year Contract Extension with D Steven Kampfer
  42. Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with F Kyle Rau
  43. Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with D Michael Matheson
  44. Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with D Josh Brown
  45. Florida Panthers Re-sign F Jaromir Jagr
  46. Florida Panthers Sign F Brett Olson
  47. "New Jersey, Philadelphia to host next two Drafts", June 22, 2012. Retrieved on April 17, 2014. 
  48. http://sports.nationalpost.com/2014/04/15/florida-panthers-win-nhl-draft-lottery-as-buffalo-sabres-drop-to-no-2/
  49. 49.0 49.1 Notes from the 2014 NHL Draft (June 28, 2014). Retrieved on June 28, 2014.
  50. Blackhawks select Schmaltz in first round of the 2014 NHL draft and acquire picks from San Jose (June 27, 2014). Retrieved on June 27, 2014.
  51. Panthers acquire Pirri in trade with Blackhawks. National Hockey League (March 2, 2014). Retrieved on March 2, 2014.
  52. Panthers get Wellman in trade with Rangers. NHL.com (July 20, 2012).
  53. Penguins Acquire Goc from Panthers for Draft Picks (March 5, 2014). Retrieved on March 5, 2014.
  54. Devils, Panthers swap depth forwards, picks. National Hockey League (May 17, 2014). Retrieved on September 28, 2013.
  55. Habs obtain enforcer George Parros. CTV Television Network (July 5, 2013). Retrieved on July 5, 2013.
  56. Canucks-Devils trade highlights day of deals at draft. National Hockey League (June 30, 2013). Retrieved on July 1, 2013.
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