As of this morning, the news is official: The National Hockey League's Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers, who have been in operation since 1993, has been purchased by Vincent Viola who is the team's new principal owner, chairman and governor.

In addition to Viola, Douglas Cifu takes over as the Panthers’ vice chairman, partner and alternate governor.

Hopefully new ownership will translate to better on-ice success for a Florida Panthers club who have not only struggled on the ice but in the stands as well.

As an added bonus, goaltender Tim Thomas, who was invited to the team's training camp for a tryout this month, has said that he will be serious about officially signing with the club once their ownership issue becomes resolved. Now that it has, Thomas should be a shoo-in to be the next number-one netminder in Sunrise.

It's a great day for the Florida Panthers and their fans as they hope this transaction is a sign of great things to come for their oft-struggling franchise.