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Garrioch: Panthers plan on off-shoring veteran assets

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch suggests that the Florida Panthers' new owners plan on shaking up the team, with just about everyone who's not a top prospect up for grabs:

Three weeks into the season — and less than a month since Vincent Viola and Douglas Cifu took over the franchise — sources say the Panthers are prepared to move any of their veteran players.

Forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes and Marcel Goc are among those available along with Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov, just to name a few.

After making the playoffs two years ago, the Panthers haven’t gotten off to the kind of start anybody expected, especially after signing veteran goalie Tim Thomas.

While Viola and Cifu are willing to commit cash to the organization, the belief is they don’t want to throw good money after bad. The only thing GM Dale Tallon doesn’t want to do is trade any of the club’s good young prospects.

Continued with many more rumors...

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The Bruce Garrioch must have reused an old column. Nothing has changed if someone makes an offer that Tallon feels makes Panthers better then some players are available. He won’t trade the youngsters but for the right pieces in return of course he will make a trade. If he didn’t he shouldn’t be a GM. That said I guess with Bruce Garrioch’s logic The Ottawa Senators should also be having a fire sale since they are only 2 points ahead of the Panthers in the standings.

Posted by Puckbubba on 10/21/13 at 09:58 AM ET

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