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Tallon vows to stay aggressive after Versteeg trade: ‘I’m not happy where the team is’

Nov 15, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

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On Thursday night, Panthers GM Dale Tallon made waves by sending Kris Versteeg back to Chicago in exchange for prospects Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen.

Apparently, there are more waves to come.

“I’m not happy where the team is,” Tallon said, as per the Miami Herald. “We’re going to continue to be aggressive, help the franchise move forward.”

In this instance, being aggressive meant taking on some financial responsibility. Florida is absorbing 50 percent of Versteeg’s salary and cap hit for the three remaining years on his four-year, $17.6 million deal — meaning the Panthers are now carrying a $2.2 million cap hit and paying Versteeg around $2.3 million annually until 2016.

Yes, welcome to the new NHL, where GM’s looking to deal have to find creative ways to get it done.

But Tallon did say he wanted to be aggressive, and it doesn’t sound like he’s bluffing. He already cleaned house by firing Kevin Dineen and Dineen’s entire coaching staff, and later placed veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney on waivers.

Just to further hammer home the point, Tallon told the Panthers website he’s not done shaking things up.

“We want to be big, we want to be strong, we want to be deep, we want to be tougher,” he said. “We are going to continue to be aggressive and make changes.”

  1. buddysguys - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Doesn’t versteeg get traded every year? Seems like it to me or maybe he is just on the trade block every year. Either way this is the biggest who gives a crap trade so far this year.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      I disagree completely, I would love to have Versteeg on my team. He was just unfortunate to be in a bad situation in FLA.

    • esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      He was traded to Toronto after the Hawks won in 2010 due to cap constraints. Toronto wasn’t as good as they thought they were going to be and Philly gave them a first and a third. gallon got Versteeg because Philly signed Jagr. Every place he’s been since Chicago, they’ve tried to make him a first line guy. While he can do it, he’s not An every day first line guy.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    When are the Panthers going to be contenders? I really want this team to succeed, but seriously if your the owner/GM, you have to ask your self, what is going wrong with this franchise, we’ve been in the basement for too long now. Something has too change, I’m not sure what tho. Any panther fans that follow the team closely got any clue?

    • jovocop2112 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      A losing mentality has permeated into the very identity of the franchise and whatever the reason is, winning the Southeast 2 years ago did not help because it gave the Panthers a self-confidence that kept them from making some moves since then….Markstrom has back-slided and doesnt look anything like an NHL starter while Thomas is proving that he never should have come back into the league. Just saying – Luongo would have loved to have played there.

      At this point the solution is jettison off everyone that isnt Huberdeau, Barkov, or Kulikov, get a proven NHL goalie by whatever means necessary, get a proven winning NHL coach and while you’re at it, re-align the earth’s axis fro Sunrise Florida is cold enough for citizens to give a crap about Hockey.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        Yh it’s all a bit of a mess really, their gm is good tho, give him time. It takes years to build a strong team.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Why not move this team to Seattle? There would be 15k in the Key watching every night for two years, and Chris Hansen will build a rink. There’s lots of corporate sponsors. I don’t understand the point of leaving franchises to whether on the vine just to try and get expansion fees.

    • dadawg77 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Have bad teams and get great picks for Tallon to make. Once the youth starts to show they can play, fire him for someone who will file papers on time and handle a cap was a recipe that has worked wonders in Chicago. So just wait a few more years, I guess.

  3. rrsm53 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    you better get hired by another team then Tallon, your panthers are not anywhere near being tough, big, strong, or deep. You need to go that is part of the problem also.

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Hope they get Connor mcdavid, he’ll turn the team around

  5. dolphanindallas - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Could The Panthers just make a 2013 Draft “do over trade” ? Barkov for Seth Jones please…

  6. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I still can’t believe the hawks got him to eat half that cap. That’s nuts he did it. He must secretively owe his old team something cause that’s a lot of cap to eat. Tallon hasn’t been lookin all that great this year with all the dumb signings and this trade. He’s wasting a lot of this new owners money. This team should be more stacked with great prospects then it has right now. Not much is panning out for them so far. I hope it starts goin there way soon cause that franchise suffered enough and is long over do for a good team and deserve it

    • pxland - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      It could have something to do with Fla. needing to stay above the cap floor.

      • dadawg77 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        If you are a rebuilding struggling team who can get young cheap pieces than you can afford a few years of dead money for those pieces. Honestly think there will be many more trades like this in the future as cap management will force them.

  7. esracerx46 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    “We want to be big. We want to be strong. We want to be deep. We want to be tougher.”

    So I guess actually being good doesn’t matter?

  8. dewzer - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Tallon vows to continue his aggressive pursuit of the top pick in the draft.

  9. blackhawks2010 - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Thanks Suckers! Oops, I mean Panthers….

  10. slysipops - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:56 PM


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