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Report: Panthers ready to trade just about anyone

Oct 20, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

Marcel Goc, Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg AP

Now that the Florida Panthers have new ownership, they’re reportedly ready to shake things up.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports new owners Vincent Viola and Douglas Cifu aren’t happy with the team’s slow start and are ready to move any of their veteran players. Who can be had for the right price? Pretty much anyone.

Forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes and Marcel Goc are among those available along with Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov, just to name a few.

The Panthers are 3-6-0 to start the season which in the Eastern Conference puts them a short winning streak away from being a playoff team. They’re just four points back of third place Montreal and six back of Atlantic Division leading Detroit and Toronto. In other words, it’s too soon to be throwing in the towel.

That said, new owners looking to do business their way isn’t anything new and GM Dale Tallon could have new marching orders.

As it is, they’ve got a solid young core with 2013 Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau, 2013 first-round pick Aleksander Barkov, defenseman Erik Gudbranson, and goalie Jacob Markstrom. Building off of them has likely been the plan all along.

  1. crazemastercraze - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Fans are use to no playoffs, so it’s a win win

  2. esracerx46 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Markstrom has been over rated ever since he came to North America.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      I’m starting to agree with this. He’s not getting any better. I wish they could have unloaded him on Vancouver for Luongo.

  3. lordfletcher - Oct 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Why would any GM trade for Gilbert when he was free months ago…. and still has limited on ice value.

    Panthers will be on long term build, easily for the best

  4. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Just about every player named were all from teams that they either didn’t fit in right in there lineup and they offloaded them to the panthers or no one else would sign them. There’s not gonna be much takers on them. They’re only hope is possibly trade deadline but I doubt it.

  5. 950003cups - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Devils could use Johnny HuberDuberDoooooo. What’s it gonna take? You guys want Ken Daneyko? He’s got 3 cups! He’s all yours. Give us Hubster, and The Dano is on the next flight to Sunrise Florida (wherever that is)

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