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"We intend on being in the free-agent market in a significant way. We're here to build a winner. … We want to patiently win now. I don't know if we can resolve the two logically, but that's how I would say it."

"Dale Tallon will teach me the hockey side of this challenge, and he will execute it as its principal leader. The more I learn the better I will be able to support his commandership of the execution of that. But it's been very exciting so far, and we are committed to winning now — patiently."

-Vinnie Viola, owner of the Florida Panthers via Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel where you can read more from Viola.

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Viola needs to be patient. The urge is to make a change for the sake of change but the draft picks Tallon has taken are only now starting to show results guys like Big Nick Bjugstad are starting to show what they can do. Same for Erik Gudbranson. The trade for Dylan Olsen and Jimmy Hayes was a steal. Viola must give Tallon the time to complete the mission and the mission to win the cup is possible in a few years.

Posted by Puckbubba on 12/16/13 at 06:53 PM ET

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always alarming when an owner wants to learn about and be involved in hockey decisions. how’s the working out in washington, philly, and calgary, to name a few?

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 12/16/13 at 07:18 PM ET

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