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The Florida Panthers Are Open For Business

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

For his first three years, Tallon had to operate on a shoestring, and two years ago he had to spend $31 million in the summer months just to get up to the salary cap floor. Right now, the Panthers have the lowest payroll in the league at just above $50 million.

Tallon says that’s about to change and by next season the team will be well above a $60-million payroll.

“Vinny wants to win, and he wants to put all his resources into hockey,” said Tallon. “So I’m telling teams that I’m open for business. Now I can take money back if I make a trade, and I can make hockey trades, not ones based on my budget.

“Money is not the issue any more.”

In the short term, the Panthers likely will miss the playoffs again and may look to move veterans such as Tomas Kopecky or Sean Bergenheim before the March 5 deadline. Beyond that, with only about $38 million committed for next season, he anticipates that teams that are up against the cap right now will be looking to create space for next season, and the Panthers may be in a good position to add quality veterans.

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The problem though most of the players that hit free agency are second tier players. You’re not gonna get many difference makers anymore. So then you start overspending on the second tier guys. Tallon did it in Chicago. Campbell and Huet that one year were not worth the money they got.

Posted by tmoore4075 on 02/04/14 at 10:40 AM ET

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...he anticipates that teams that are up against the cap right now will be looking to create space for next season, and the Panthers may be in a good position to add quality veterans.

“Hey, Dale, Kenny Holland here. Say, listen, how’d you like your #1 center back? And all we want is either Kopecky or Bergenheim plus a second-rounder. Pretty good deal, wouldn’t you say? Dale? Ah, Dale, are you still there?”

It’d at least be worth a try. grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/04/14 at 03:07 PM ET

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