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by Paul on 06/26/12 at 02:09 PM ET
from Havey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Tallon also said the Panthers’ most prominent free-agent defenseman, Jason Garrison, has been offered a contract and that while he is “optimistic,’’ intimated that the franchise has plenty of young, talented defensemen to take his place if they had to.
“It’s a matter of whether we can afford it or not, that’s what it comes down to,’’ Tallon said.
Garrison scored a career-high 16 goals and 33 points and is believed to be on the wish list of several teams, including Detroit, Vancouver and St. Louis.
Tallon admitted he has spoken to the Canucks regarding disenchanted goalie Robert Luongo, and there are reports indicating that the former Panthers goalie would only waive his no-trade clause to return to South Florida, where he still maintains his permanent residence.
Acquiring Luongo would mean a $5.33 million cap hit per year through 2022 for any team willing to take on a 33-year-old goalie who was replaced by Cory Schneider after two losing playoff games.
Tallon said that Garrison is the only Panthers free agent he’s dealing with, meaning that Clemmensen, and forwards Mikael Samuelsson, Krys Barch, Marco Sturm and John Madden will be allowed to test free agency.
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