The Florida Panthers entered this season hungry to defy expectations and compete for a playoff spot. Step one of that plan should be to stop the puck.
For the second time in just three games, the Panthers conceded seven goals. This time it was 23-year-old goaltender Jacob Markstrom getting pulled as a result instead of the currently injured Tim Thomas.
To be fair, containing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is never an easy task. He was on fire tonight, scoring a rare hat trick that included shorthanded, power-play, and even-strength goals.
You can see all three of Stamkos’ markers below:
Valtteri Filppula also found the back of the net twice to give him four points in his first four games with the Lightning.
The Panthers won’t have much time to regroup before facing the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow. Naturally, that’s just about the last team you want to face when you’re struggling defensively.
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.