• Loading stock data...
Thursday, July 18, 2024
Join us this September for Tuned In Request to Attend

Panthers 1st to Clinch Stanley Cup Playoff Berth

  • Florida has now reached the postseason three consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
  • The Panthers have only the 18th-highest payroll in the NHL ($84.3M).
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Panthers are showing the rest of the NHL how to succeed on a budget as they eye their first championship.

On Sunday, the Panthers became the first team to clinch a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth with a 5-3 victory over the Sabres. Florida has now reached the postseason three consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

It’s an impressive achievement, considering the Panthers have only the 18th-highest payroll in the NHL ($84.3M)  — and their two top offensive stars make a modest $13 million combined.

  • Jonathan Huberdeau, who set a franchise record for most points in a single season (97) — good for third-best in the league — carries a cap hit of only $5.9M (124th overall).
  • Captain Aleksander Barkov (33 G, 39 A) also has a $5.9M cap hit.
  • The Panthers spend heavily on goaltending ($14.1M, 2nd), but Sergei Bobrovsky — who has a team-high $10M cap hit — is tied for second in wins (33).
  • The Panthers have an NHL-best plus-83 goal differential, scoring a league-leading 4.12 goals per game while allowing 2.90 (12th).

The Panthers’ success is all the more impressive considering GM Bill Zito is in his second year at the helm, while coach Andrew Brunette took over from Joel Quenneville two weeks into the season.

Florida hasn’t advanced past the first round since reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 1996 but has the second-best odds (+550) behind Colorado (+350) to win the title.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

The Mississippi Department of Human Services on Monday sued retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre along with several other people and businesses to try to recover millions of misspent welfare dollars that were intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S.

Judge in Mississippi Welfare Case Boots Brett Favre’s Lead Lawyer

The judge wrote he had a ‘pattern and practice of delicate deception.’

‘Where’s truTV?’ March Madness Channel Is Now TNT Sports’ New Star

Warner Bros. Discovery will make its sports emphasis on truTV ‘even more pronounced and consistent.’

Salt Lake City Takes Key Step to Handing NBA, NHL Owner Ryan Smith $900 Million

An agreement between Smith and the city was approved Tuesday night.
Sponsored

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Knicks’ Hart, Brunson Like New NBA Media Deals, Owner Disagrees

0:00

Featured Today

Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium.
July 14, 2024

Without Hard-Line Bans, Pro Athletes and Personnel Will Keep Betting on Sports

Penalties often aren’t stringent or consistent enough to deter banned behavior.
Oct 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goddell speaks during the Don Shula Celebration of Life at Hard Rock Stadium.
July 13, 2024

The NFL Is Confident It Can Overturn the Sunday Ticket Verdict

The league may have good reason to believe it can win.
July 8, 2024

NFLPA Report Cards Have Become the ‘Talk of the Locker Room’ Across..

NFLPA report cards have become the ‘talk of the locker room.’

Braves’ Bold Plans, Political Backdrop Shape All-Star Game Prep

The Braves plan a series of upgrades to Truist Park while looking to avoid dwelling on state politics.
Jun 23, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skenes (right) reacts as he talks with pitcher Jared Jones (left) after the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at PNC Park.
July 12, 2024

The Pirates Are Facing Political Pressure to Play Better

Pennsylvania state representatives call on the MLB club to boost its payroll.
July 17, 2024

Angel City FC Sale Official at Record $250 Million Valuation

Disney CEO Bob Iger and wife Willow Bay now control the club.
Sponsored

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
Apr 12, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Grayson Allen (8) and guard Devin Booker (1) and guard Bradley Beal (3) and forward Royce O'Neale (00) and forward Kevin Durant (35) huddle up before the final seconds of the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center.
July 12, 2024

The Suns Have Entered the NBA’s Uncharted, Punitive Territory

The NBA’s first $400 million team between payroll and projected luxury tax.
July 12, 2024

Oakland Minor League Baseball Team Experimenting With Fan Ownership

The Ballers say more than 1,000 people have registered interest.
Oct 5, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders owner Josh Harris with fans before the game against the Chicago Bears at FedExField.
July 11, 2024

Parts of the Commanders’ Past Finding Their Way Into Harris Era

The team is developing plans to honor former logo designer next season.
Jul 1, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; United States head coach Gregg Berhalter talks with midfielder Weston McKennie (8) during the second half of a Copa America match against Uruguay at Arrowhead Stadium.
July 11, 2024

U.S. Soccer May Go Big-Game Hunting for Its Next Men’s Head Coach

Gregg Berhalter was officially fired Wednesday.