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by Alanah McGinley on 03/21/11 at 04:34 PM ET
From Frank Forte at FoxSportsFlorida.com:
While some fans were critical of the deadline deals which sent away veterans Cory Stillman, Radek Dvorak, Bryan McCabe, Bryan Allen and Dennis Wideman, along with three-year NHL veteran Michael Frolik, let’s face it, Tallon wasn’t exactly breaking up a winning combination. The Panthers had an opportunity to make a run at the eighth playoff spot, but squandered their chances during the week prior to the deadline. Florida lost identical 5-1 games to Ottawa and the Islanders, and Tallon had seen enough.
The case could also be made that all but perhaps Wideman and Frolik had no future role in the future of this team. Nonetheless, the Panthers have freed up a great deal of cap space. Now the question becomes, how do they use it?
The Panthers have just nine players under NHL contract for next season- David Booth, Stephen Weiss, Rostislav Olesz, Evgeni Dadonov, Steve Timmins, Jason Garrison, Mike Weaver, Dmitry Kulikov and Scott Clemmensen. That group takes up roughly $16-million-plus of cap space. So the Panthers will have plenty to spend, though they likely won’t touch the projected $59.4 million cap.
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