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Panthers GM: ‘We’re not blowing this thing up’

Feb 28, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

Dale Tallon AP

The Florida Panthers may have no legitimate shot of making the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean general manager Dale Tallon is in a selling mood as Wednesday’s trade deadline approaches.

“We’re not blowing this thing up,” said Tallon, per the Miami Herald. “If we can sell some assets to get better, we’ll do that. It depends what happens in the next few weeks. We’ll be aggressive either way.”

Pending unrestricted free agents Tom Gilbert, Brad Boyes, and Tim Thomas could all garner interest at the deadline; however, it seems Tallon would prefer to re-sign them for next season, should they have a desire to stay.

Tallon has apparently been given permission to spend to the cap by new ownership, so those three could be in line for healthy raises. (Which may just increase their aforementioned desire to stay.)

  1. stepanup - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    I think this is the right approach. As a small market team sometimes it takes money to make money. Put a contender on the ice and the fans will show up. You see it happen in Phoenix and when Florida last made the playoffs. You just need to make that firm commitment to spending to the cap and taking that risk.

    • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Well said!!!

    • drewsylvania - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Totally disagree. It’s not like this team is any good. Trade your older assets, stockpile picks–that’s how you build a successful team. And if Tallon is allowed to spend to the cap, they’re not a “small-market” team anymore, as far as what they can put on the ice is concerned.

  2. storminator16 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Nothing really there to blow up, if we are being honest. No one really wants to give up much for his players. He’s just saving face.

  3. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    They have some young talent on their team (Gudbranson, Barkov, Huberdeau, Kulikov, Bjugstad, Markstrom etc…)

    But I doubt they will part with any of the young rising stars on that team.

    The vets I think are disposable to a degree…if they were to get some young talent.

    • esracerx46 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Markstrom is over rated.

  4. csilojohnson - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    way off storm. florida has a pretty solid young core of players. as well as some vets. they have been on the winning side of things since the coaching change as well.
    could be a team to watch in the next few years if they keep it together and grow.

  5. jpelle82 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    he will be trading someone, and when he does…this statement just means that said player just wasnt really a part of their vision anyway. blow it up would mean trading campbell, fleischman, or bergenheim away. trading a ufa veteran like gilbert or boyes would hardly be blowing anything up, you know those guys are out of there anyway in july, he would be a fool not to.

  6. esracerx46 - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    There’s not much to blow up is there? I think its pretty obvious they’re not going to trade Barkov or Huberdeau

  7. thecheeman - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Sorry… blow what up? Was there a thing going on here? Boyes is a journeyman who couldn’t stick with the Sabres or Islanders.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Not sticking with the Islanders or Sabres is a positive.

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