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Report: Panthers open to dealing top talent

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10:39 AM ET 03.10 | The 'For Sale' sign has been hung outside the BB&T Center. Two league executives told QMI Agency that Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is willing to listen to all offers because his club is virtually eliminated from the playoff race with only three weeks left to the April 3 trade deadline. Six points out of the No. 8 spot heading into Sunday's visit by the Montreal Canadiens, the goal for Florida now is to try to move a few contracts and see if the club can set the course for next year after the Panthers fell back. With the exception of centre Jonathan Huberdeau, defenceman Erik Gudbranson, goalie Jakob Markstrom and centre Drew Shore, pretty much every player on the Florida roster is up for grabs as the Panthers try to shed some cash. Sources say the top name being dangled is right winger Kris Versteeg, but if he gets moved it will take a big financial commitment. The 26-year-old has $4.4 million cap hit through the 2015-16 season and he has been hampered by injuries.

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March 10, 2013  10:43 AM ET

Time To Blow It Up, Bros?

March 10, 2013  10:53 AM ET

Kris Versteeg is not "top talent."

March 10, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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Kris Versteeg is not "top talent."

First thought. You know, if they had any.

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March 10, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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Does his 1 goal give it away ??

That and the fact he played for the Leafs. :-)

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March 10, 2013  01:16 PM ET

Panthers were surprisingly good last year, made the playoffs and gave the Devils fits before finally being eliminated. Big expectations this year, Talon was looking like a genius, the guy who turned the franchise around! Uhhhh no, apparently not. Too bad, BB&T is gonna be more empty than usual now.

March 10, 2013  01:34 PM ET
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Burke's foul footprint looms large over so much of the league...

But obviously no where larger than in To***to.

March 10, 2013  01:56 PM ET
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Kris Versteeg is not "top talent."

Well ... he was in Toronto. Didn't BB give up a couple of 1st rounders to get him? ;-)

March 10, 2013  01:57 PM ET
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Panthers were surprisingly good last year, made the playoffs and gave the Devils fits before finally being eliminated. Big expectations this year, Talon was looking like a genius, the guy who turned the franchise around! Uhhhh no, apparently not. Too bad, BB&T is gonna be more empty than usual now.

I was thinking the same thing, they gave the Devils all they could handle, I thought they'd be one of the better teams in an otherwise weak SE Division.

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March 10, 2013  02:48 PM ET
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Time To Blow It Up, Bros?

Blow it totally up! The NHL doesn't belong in Miami (any more than it belongs in Phoenix).

March 10, 2013  03:12 PM ET
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Burke's foul footprint looms large over so much of the league...

Ah, but we love him in Boston.

March 10, 2013  03:45 PM ET
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Panthers were surprisingly good last year, made the playoffs and gave the Devils fits before finally being eliminated. Big expectations this year, Talon was looking like a genius, the guy who turned the franchise around! Uhhhh no, apparently not. Too bad, BB&T is gonna be more empty than usual now.

the habs are in town tonight, so they might actually sell a few tickets.

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March 10, 2013  10:13 PM ET

Wow! What's up with the Jackets? Five wins in a row! If they keep it up, they'll be challenging the Blackhawks winning streak! What are they feeding them over there?

March 10, 2013  10:26 PM ET

Their winning streak over, the Hawks started a new one ... a losing streak! :-)

 
March 10, 2013  10:54 PM ET
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Blow it totally up! The NHL doesn't belong in Miami (any more than it belongs in Phoenix).

Good point. The NBA doesn't belong in LA either. Or anywhere else for that matter.

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