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"I'm not happy with the situation our team is in as far as wins and losses. The effort has been better lately. We're going to continue to be aggressive and make changes that are important for our franchise moving forward keeping our focus on the future.

"We're excited about where we're headed, the foundation being built. We added two young pieces to an already deep foundation of players and prospects. This is a step in the right direction for the Florida Panthers.''

-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panters.  More from Georg Richard of On Frozen Pond including this..

Versteeg went on WGN radio in Chicago this morning and not only said he hoped former Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell would eventually follow him to the Second City, but that other teammates sounded a little jealous in their text messages to him.

As far as waking up went, Versteeg thought the trade might have been a dream.

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but that other teammates sounded a little jealous in their text messages to him.

Not sure how to feel about this.  One the one hand, his teammates probably ARE jealous, but on the other hand didn’t he claim that everyone was jealous of his rap skills when he got lambasted after the Stanley Cup parade?

Posted by Garth on 11/15/13 at 12:59 PM ET

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Really nice trade for the Hawks.  They’re in a window where moving prospects for players makes a lot of sense, and taking advantage of their crappy former GM is a good way to go about it.

Right now the Hawks are loaded.  It’s absurd.

Next year when Crawford’s fairly stupid deal kicks in they’re going to have some problems, but they’re in a great spot to push for a back to back today.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 11/15/13 at 01:32 PM ET

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I cant believe they picked up half his salary. How the hell are they going to improve with the 2 million cap relief they get from him.  Good luck finding a better player than versteeg for 2 million. Hawks are stacked now.  Over the last cpl years, I thought talon made some great moves to pick up prospects and improve the team in the long run, but man this trade has me questioning him.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 11/16/13 at 08:46 AM ET

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