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Sergei Bobrovsky says he came to Florida to win the Stanley Cup

Sergei Bobrovsky already has two Vezina Trophies, the award handed out at the end of each season to the NHL’s top goaltender. He’s not looking for a third. For the Florida Panthers’ new goalie, only one trophy matters now. He believes the Stanley Cup can come his new team’s way.

Goalie Roberto Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons

Florida goalie Roberto Luongo has decided to retire after 19 seasons. The 40-year-old Luongo made the announcement on his Twitter account. His 489 career victories are third in NHL history behind only Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy, and Brodeur is the only goalie to have appeared in more games or made more saves than Luongo.

Panthers fire coach Bob Boughner after 2 seasons

The Florida Panthers have fired coach Bob Boughner, who led the team for the past two seasons and didn’t get to the playoffs in either one. The Panthers announced the move a day after the team’s season ended. Assistant coach Paul McFarland also was fired. General manager Dale Tallon called it “a tough decision” and says the team needs a coach with a “Stanley Cup pedigree.”

Here they go again: Panthers hoping for late-season surge

The Florida Panthers are hoping for deja vu. Sort of. A year ago, the Panthers shook off a disastrous start to the season and caught fire after the All-Star break – only to miss the playoffs by a single point. This year, they’re heading into the break on a three-game winning streak and playing perhaps their best hockey of the season after spending the first three months of the year sputtering near the bottom of the NHL. So here they go again, trying for another late and improbable playoff push.

Winger Mike Hoffman traded twice, lands with Panthers

The Ottawa Senators traded winger Mike Hoffman on Tuesday, hoping to solve an ugly off-ice issue involving star defenseman Erik Karlsson and his wife. The Senators sent Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks, who then dealt him to the Florida Panthers. All told, the two transactions involved four players and six draft picks.

Panthers spoil Bruins’ bid for top seed in East

Roberto Luongo came off the bench to shut down Boston in the third period, and the Florida Panthers dashed the Bruins’ hopes of getting the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win Sunday night.

Shawn Thornton hired as Florida Panthers’ business executive

Shawn Thornton has been hired as the Florida Panthers’ new vice president of business operations. He moves into the front office after a 20-year career on the ice, one in which he was part of two Stanley Cup championship runs with the Boston Bruins. Thornton retired as a member of the Panthers back in April.

AP source: Panthers will not retain Tom Rowe as coach

A person with knowledge of the decision says Tom Rowe will not continue as coach of the Florida Panthers next season. The next coach will be Florida’s fifth in a span of less than four years. Florida missed the playoffs this season for the 16th time in the last 19 seasons.

After perfect trip, Florida Panthers back in playoff picture

The Florida Panthers came into the season talking about the Stanley Cup. Now, they’re finally looking like a team that may contend for hockey’s top prize. The Panthers’ playoff hopes looked dim just a couple weeks ago. But they’ve climbed within striking distance of Montreal in the race for the Atlantic Division title.

Jaromir Jagr’s marks in NHL history may never be topped

When 44-year-old Jaromir Jagr notched his 1,888th point on Thursday to move into second place all-time behind Mark Messier (but still far behind Wayne Gretzky’s 2,857) it would be hard to imagine that this Mt. Rushmore of hockey legends will be threatened in their lifetimes or perhaps ever.