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Report: Panthers ready to start dealing

Mar 10, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

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As of right now, the Florida Panthers are the worst team in the NHL with just 20 points. They’re seven points behind New Jersey for the last playoff spot in the East and nine points back of Carolina for first in the Southeast Division. That’s… Not good and it could mean it’s time for them to start selling by the trade deadline.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that Panthers GM Dale Tallon is open to all trade offers for his players. There are a few notable exceptions, however.

Forwards Jonathan Huberdeau and Drew Shore, defenseman Erik Gudbranson and goalie Jacob Markstrom are reportedly off limits. Everyone else on the roster, however, could be had for the right price, including Kris Versteeg and his contract that comes with a $4.4 million cap hit through the 2015-16 season.  Good luck with that one.

This report comes at a tough time as they just lost soon-to-be free agent Stephen Weiss for the season with a wrist injury. He would’ve drawn a lot of attention from teams in need of a capable center and now they’ll possibly end up losing him for nothing.


  1. 19to77 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Bet Bruce Garroich of the Ottawa Sun has a LOT of insider info on the Panthers’ trading plans, eh?

    • bcisleman - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Garrioch as the source does make you question it, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable that FL would be thinking that way as things stand.

  2. elrock7 - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Take those 4 players out of any trades and you have nothing anybody would want.

    • sheckyrimshot - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      i’d love to see kulikov in orange and black

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Absolutely, if he was available I’d love to see Holmgren take a run at him. I’d have to think he’d be one of the guys who’s off limits, but he’s not listed above so who knows.

    • biasedhomer - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Brian Campbell could help a team in need for a PMD.

      • jovocop2112 - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        I want Campbell and Garrison to be reunited…

        That said is this came from the same source who was talking about “Florida clearing cap space for Luongo” a few months ago it might just be a load of bunk

  3. 950003cups - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Seems like Florida will have 5 extra 5th round draft picks for the upcoming draft. Cause the rest of the guys up for grabs are worth just about that.

  4. cameltoews - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    This is the same guy who said the rangers were trading Gaborik for Boyle on San Jose.

    • gaborik104life - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Rangers scouts have been present at a couple of San Jose games. While I do not think in any way shape or form this trade will occur the two may have upcoming trades occur. First there was the Brandon Mashinter trade in January and scouts continue to show up at games they have so I would not rule out more transactions occurring between the two teams.

  5. jernster21 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    This team shouldn’t be so bad. They seem to be able to pot 5+ goals pretty easily but apparently lack in goal and on defense. Pretty amazing difference after the season they had last year.

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