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Now That The Draft Is Over

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A few random thoughts from Day 2 of the sleepiest NHL entry drafts of all time:

Short term, you’d have to concede that the Boston Bruins are the most improved team since the end of the season, given that they landed arguably the best or second-best prospect in the draft - Tyler Seguin - Friday night; and added a potential point-per-game player in Nathan Horton earlier in the week….

Long-term though, the big winners over the weekend was unquestionably the Panthers, a team in need of a major overhaul. GM Dale Tallon, in his first month on the job, began the process by moving out Horton earlier in the week and then traded defenceman Keith Ballard to the Vancouver Canucks Friday night.

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High Marks For Tallon

I am back safely from Las Vegas and I am sure I will feel some jet-lag tomorrow, so may as well post some stories while I am still on Vegas time…

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

New GM Dale Tallon continued his overhaul of the Florida Panthers, and for the second time in a week, I really like the trade he’s pulled off.

For starters, just getting Keith Ballard’s five-year, $21 million deal off the books is a major coup.

A GM from one of the several Western Conference teams that spoke with Florida about Ballard on Friday couldn’t look past the contract. “That’s just too much money for my liking,” said the GM.

Tallon has now divested himself of two big contracts in Ballard and Nathan Horton.

Friday’s deal, which still wasn’t officially announced pending league approval, will see prospect Victor Oreskovich also go to Vancouver for winger Steve Bernier, forward Michael Grabner and a first-round pick.

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Panthers’ Tallon eyes Draft to Rebuild Team

From the Miami Herald’s George Richards:

With the type of season the Florida Panthers went through last year, coach Pete DeBoer said one would have to expect plenty of changes.

Since finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers brought in a general manager not afraid to shake things up.

You want change? Dale Tallon is ready to bring it.

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Report:  Panthers ship Nathan Horton to the Bruins

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet, the rumored deal of the Panthers’ Nathan Horton to the Bruins is a “done deal”.

UPDATE:  Per Bob, the deal is Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, 15th overall pick and another draft pick.

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Bruins Closing in on Panthers Winger Nathan Horton?

From NESN.com’s James Murphy:

Well, it appears Chiarelli could already have a trade in place that would bring a current NHLer to Boston.

While the parameters of the trade are unclear at this point, a very reliable source told NESN.com on Friday that the Bruins are closing in on a trade with the Florida Panthers that would see them acquire winger Nathan Horton, who was drafted third overall by the Panthers in 2003, but in six NHL seasons, has cracked the 30-goal plateau only once and—in the eyes of fans and media—failed to reach his potential and use his 6-foot-2, 229-pound frame properly.

There were no specifics on what else may come to Boston in the deal or what the return would be to Florida, but it has been well documented that Chiarelli would love to move into the top 5-7 picks overall to get one of the top defensive prospects available, so this could be a package deal involving roster players and picks.

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The Talk In Florida

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Here’s why I think Horton will in fact be traded: His no-trade clause kicks in July 1. If he’s kept, it would make it much harder to trade Horton because then your options are limited. If it’s to a team he doesn’t want to go to, regardless of how great the offer is, you can’t pull the trigger.

I know some of you do, but I personally don’t think Horton is a bad guy — his attitude this past season and effort on the ice were not problems in my opinion — or a bad player. But he’s a valuable commodity, and if the Panthers can get a quality center for him, I think that has to be their priority right now.

I know there’s some speculation out there that the Panthers are dangling Stephen Weiss. But my sources tell me they’re not looking to trade him. Frankly, it makes no sense for the Panthers to move him.

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Nathan Horton May Be Headed Out Of Florda

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Nathan Horton’s agent said Wednesday he believes “there’s a very good chance” the Panthers right winger will be traded before or at the draft next weekend in Los Angeles.

“It would not surprise me at all if he’s dealt by the draft,” Horton’s agent Paul Krepelka said, adding that Horton’s aware of the possibility. “If it happens, it happens.”

Krepelka said he spoke with Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon after Tallon’s hiring and noted, “he likes Nathan as a player, but no one’s untouchable.”

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Panthers Have No Plans To Shop Vokoun

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon isn’t looking to trade goalie Tomas Vokoun.

Tallon called Vokoun on Monday night and assured him of that.

“He likes me, and he has no interest in shopping me or trading me unless there’s a great deal that would make sense,” Vokoun told the Sun Sentinel.

“Obviously, everybody’s tradable. He said if it was best for the future of the organization, he would have to do it. But from what I understand, he wants me around.”

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Panthers Want Some Cash Freed Up

via Sarah Talalay of the Sun-Sentinel,

Broward County commissioners appear poised to grant the parent company of the Florida Panthers a break on loan payments for building the county-owned BankAtlantic Center.

Commissioners voted 8-0 on Tuesday to direct county staff to come back to the commission June 8 with a new debt service schedule for Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, which owns the National Hockey League team and operates the arena.

Sunrise Sports requested the county cut the company’s payments by $2.5 million annually through 2016 and then raise them about $1 million a year starting in 2017, as a way to free up cash for the struggling hockey team.

Sunrise Sports wants to use the cash to help improve the team’s finances.

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Get Your Florida Panthers Tickets Early & Ask For A Window Seat

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Not only are the Panthers expected to announce that they are reducing the capacity for most home games at BankAtlantic Center on Thursday, but the team is also going to unveil a new pricing structure for individual game tickets.

Team president Michael Yormark says the new setup is based on the way airlines sell seats – prices will be determined as it gets closer to game time.

“It will pay to buy earlier,’’ Yormark said. “As inventory sells and gets tighter, the pricing will jump from tier to tier. It’s all about supply and demand. Fans won’t get the best price if they wait. When single game tickets go on sale in September, you will want to buy because the price will increase.’‘

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