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This weekend, Jameson Olive of FloridaPanthers.com's sat down with Tallon at the BB&T Center to get his thoughts on Florida's current lineup and what trades, if any, the club will look to consummate ahead of the NHL's trade deadline on Wednesday, March 1.

FloridaPanthers.com: Now that the Panthers have clawed their way right back into the thick of the playoff picture, what sort of moves, if any, can fans expect at this year's trade deadline?

Tallon: We're looking and listening to everything.

There's not too much going on for us right now. There are too many teams still involved, believing they have a shot [at the playoffs]. With few teams selling, there's a trickledown effect and the prices are high. We're not going to mortgage our future just to get a Band-Aid.

We like our team, we have a very good team and the team is playing very well. For us to move forward (on a potential trade), it has to make a lot of sense. It can't disrupt the chemistry of our team, which is terrific. And it has to be a fair deal that doesn't have a negative effect on our future.

FloridaPanthers.com: This year's playoff race seems to be especially tight as we approach the final of stretch. From your perspective, what kind of effect will this have on the trade deadline?

Tallon: There are still 27 or 28 teams that have a chance to make the playoffs.

I think the combination of that - and what might happen in the expansion draft in June - has made teams reluctant to take on long-term deals because they might have to protect that player and lose another player they have a better liking for.

We're in a good position though and we've talked to a lot of teams. There are some deals that might make sense and others that don't....

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