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No Fire Sale For The Panthers

from the Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

As for Sexton, he told me he’s been really busy talking with GMs the past week after a slow first week to start the Olympic break. Sexton said he’s moved closer to making a trade and that there aren’t just a couple of possibilities, but “a whole host of deals” being discussed.

The Panthers could get back players, prospects, draft picks or a combination.

That said, Sexton told me, “make no mistake — there will be no fire sale.”

He said he doesn’t feel like has to make a certain number of deals by Wednesday. He also said he wants y’all to know that the trade deadline is just the beginning of his plans when it comes to changing the makeup of the roster.

“Phase 1 is until Wednesday. Phase 2 is the draft. Phase 3 is free agency. Phase 4 is right around training camp, start of regular season,” Sexton said.

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Vokoun’s Focus Is With His Current Team

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The latest team linked to Tomas Vokoun in NHL trade rumors is the Chicago Blackhawks.

Although one NHL source told ESPN.com on Friday not to discount that rumor completely, another source said the complete opposite.

Just another day for Vokoun, who has been bandied about all over the Internet trade rumor mill.

“I did read some stuff,” Vokoun said Friday night after his Czech team’s 5-2 win over Latvia. “I follow hockey closely, it comes across. But I haven’t been approached [to waive his no-move clause] by anybody from Florida or anything like that, so until I hear otherwise, I’m just going to treat it as rumors. Right now, I’m playing for Florida and that’s where my focus is.”

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  Tags: tomas+vokoun

Close, But No Cigar

You know that guy who likes to spread made up rumors.  Well, today he answered a few questions people tweeted him.

This one shows off his hockey knowledge…

@exqueezme asks: do you find it surprising that frolic didn’t make the Russian roster?

answer: First off, killer twitter name! The Russians wanted a certain number of KHLers to help give their league credibility.

Maybe someone should tell him Frolic is from the Czech Republic.

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  Tags: michael+frolik

Florida & Edmonton Trying To Make Moves

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• There is plenty of talk about the future of Florida G Tomas Vokoun with the Panthers sending out word they’re getting ready to clean house. Would he waive his no-movement clause to go to the Flyers? Philadelphia has shut down G Ray Emery for three weeks because of a hip problem and there are concerns about whether he might need surgery. The issue with dealing Vokoun is he’s been the Panthers’ best player all season. He is the one guy they should keep. Florida could also move C Stephen Weiss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

• The Oilers have been trying to move C Shawn Horcoff ($5.5-million cap hit through 2014), C Robert Nilsson ($2 million through 2011), D Sheldon Souray ($5.4 million through 2012), D Steve Staios ($2.7 million through 2011) and D Tom Gilbert ($4 million through 2014).

“They’re going to have a real tough time moving those players,” said a league executive. “(Katz) might have to be willing to put money in the minors to give (Tambellini) flexibility to make changes. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses.”

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Panthers Talking Trades

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Sexton says he got some things done and progress is being made toward the real trade deadline on March 3. That’s when teams will be wheeling and dealing….

“I thought today went pretty well. Worked at things, made good progress, just couldn’t get anything completed.

“Today is the first deadline before the next deadline. There’s a lot of time, I’ll just keep working the next few weeks until the early part of March.

“Some teams still have games to play and we’re all under the CBA roster limitations and salary cap floors and ceilings. For some teams, they’re at the roster limit and playing tonight or tomorrow and it’s a challenge to manage things. It’s a point of negotiating. You want the lowest price if you are a buyer, and you want to extract the highest price if you are a seller.

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Florida Panthers Letter To The Fans

from FloridaPanthers.com,

Dear Fans,

Based on our commitment to accessibility, we would like to take this opportunity to give you some insight into our hockey club’s strategy moving forward. After consulting with General Manager Randy Sexton and Head Coach Pete DeBoer, it is clear that our team, the way it is currently structured, is not equipped to meet the goals and objectives that we have set for ourselves, our fans and our partners.

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No Untouchables In Florida

via George Richards at his On Frozen Pond’s Facebook,

Let the rumors begin: Randy Sexton says no one—including Tomas Vokoun—off limits in trade talks with Panthers.

If Vokoun dealt, look for it tomorrow. Panthers GM Randy Sexton said other night that big money should be moved before Olympics.

added 9:10pm, via a tweet from George Richards,

Have just been informed that Tomas Vokoun WILL NOT waive no trade, at least not now

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Kypreos Reports Dominic Moore Traded To Montreal

from Nick Kypreos Twitter,

Trade. Fla..Dom Moore to mtl for 2nd round pick.

added 6:37pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

I can confirm Fla has traded centre Dominic Moore to Montreal for a second round draft in 2011, pending trade call with NHL.

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  Tags: dominic+moore

Olesz Out With Broken Hand

via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

If last night’s loss wasn’t “brutal” enough, the Panthers also lost winger Rostislav Olesz in the final minute or so to a broken hand.

Coach Pete DeBoer said today that Olesz is getting X-Rays to see how serious it is, but he’s out through the Olympic break at the very least.

As far as those trade rumors for Olesz, well, I’m not sure how true those were. Olesz has a big, long contract and for another team to take that on, the Panthers would likely have to take on someone else’s problem in return.

Now, as far as other players go, I would think guys like Jordan Leopold, Dennis Seidenberg, Gregory Campbell and Kamil Kreps are in play. What they would bring, I don’t know. I don’t think the Panthers are going to do anything until the deadline because, what sense does it make? Play tomorrow’s game against the Canucks and then make a deal?

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  Tags: rostislav+olesz

Evening Line

“It was [expletive] brutal. We have too many guys who don’t compete. You can’t win in this game unless you’re ready to show up and go to war every night. We don’t have enough of them. .-.-. This is not type of team we want. We’re going to keep making changes until we get that. It takes time.

“It’s like turning around the Titanic and not a rowboat.’’

-Florida Panthers GM Randy Sexton after losing to Carolina tonight.  More from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.

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  Tags: randy+sexton

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