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Panthers to Speak with Scott Mellanby about GM Position

The Florida Panthers have been granted permission to speak with Canadiens’ Assistant GM Scott Mellanby:

Mellanby, who played 8 seasons with the Thrashers, has been Montreal’s Assistant GM since 2014.

Strickland: Tallon Out As Panthers GM

Andy Strickland reports that the Panthers are prepared to move on from GM Dale Tallon, following their 3-1 series loss to the Islanders in the play-in round:

Tallon’s tenure with the Panthers featured two stints as general manager. After being removed when the Panthers moved Tom Rowe to the position as a signal towards an increased use of analytics, he was re-instated as GM after only a year away, undoing many of the moves done by his replacements. His most criticized move after re-taking the reigns was giving the Vegas Golden Knights Jonathan Marchessault as enticement for taking on Reilly Smith and his contract. Tallon tried to re-acquire Erik Gudbranson, who was sent to Vancouver in his year away, but the potential trade fell through when Jason Demers exercised his no-trade rights.

The Panther made the playoffs in two out of ten of Tallon’s seasons with the club.

31 Thoughts: Athanasiou, Granlund, Goaltenders

In the newest edition of 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman wonders about a number of players and what might happen with them following the conclusion of the playoffs:

- He wonders about Andreas Athanasiou, now with the Oilers, as he approaches restricted free agency with arbitration rights. As the Oilers cap situation is tight, they need to make a decision on if they could fit in Athanasiou’s potential arbitration award. Should they decide they can’t, they could try to trade him or simply not extend him a qualifying offer, making him a UFA.
- Friedman also questions whether it might be Semyon Varlamov or Thomas Greiss who works alongside rookie Ilya Sorokin in the Islanders’ crease next season. Greiss is a pending UFA, and Varlamov is signed for 3 more seasons at a cap-hit of $5 million. Given the Islanders’ cap position, he wonders if they might offer Greiss a more affordable deal in hopes of moving Varlamov’s contract out–which I would suggest would be difficult in the today’s cap environment.
- He also wonders about Mikael Granlund as he approaches unrestricted free agency. Granlund was having a quiet season for the Predators before exploding for 7 goals in 14 games in February. His value on the free agent market might be set by his play in the upcoming play-in and play-offs.
- He wonders about retirement for Wild captain Mikko Koivu. Koivu opted to use his no-trade clause is order to stay with the Wild at the trade deadline, despite interest around the league.
- Friedman hints that pending UFAs Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Hoffman might be casualties as the Panthers make an effort to trim payroll. Hoffman is a big part of Florida’s powerplay attack.
- Friedman quotes Penguins GM Jim Rutherford about how one of Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry doesn’t necessarily need to be the one moved in Pittsburgh. I’ll still bet on Murray being moved.
- He wonders if strong performances from David Rittich and/or Cam Talbot might convince the Flames to stay the course in net rather than a bold move to bring in a goalie from outside.

Jagr Wants to Play 7 More Years

Following the Florida Panther’s morning skate, Jaromir Jagr spoke to the media about his desire to continue playing.

“I still think I have at least seven years left in my body, to be honest with you,” the veteran winger said.

“I still feel like I can play the game and I love the game,” Jagr said. “It’s the most important thing. As long as I stay healthy, I feel like I can still produce and help anybody.”

In recent years, Jagr has been a bounty hunter, playing for any team that will provide him with adequate ice time and pay him a fair salary. The Panthers are interested in re-signing Jagr.

Panthers Acquire Jaromir Jagr

Image from Lisa Gansky via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Lisa Gansky via Wikimedia Commons

The Panthers have acquired Jaromir Jagr from the Devils for a 2015 2nd round pick and a 2016 conditional third round pick. The Devils get to choose between the Panthers’ 2016 3rd round pick and the 2016 3rd round pick the Panthers acquired from the Wild in the Sean Bergenheim trade.

The Panthers will be Jagr’s eighth team in his career.

The Panthers currently sit two points behind the Bruins for the final wildcard spot in the East.

Wild Acquire Sean Bergenheim

The Minnesota Wild have acquired Sean Bergenheim from the Wild along with a 2016 7th round pick for a 2016 3rd round pick.

Bergenheim has 8 goals and 10 assists in 39 games in 2014-15. He’s been held out of the Panthers lineup for several games after requesting a trade.

Personally, I believe Bergenheim will prove to be one of the more cost-effective additions before the trade deadline.

Lupul Trade Talks Could Heat Up in Coming Week

Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

Darren Dreger reports that while there’s some interest in Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul, though the Leafs have no offers that they want to pull the trigger on as of yet. Dreger says things could heat up closer to next Monday’s deadline.

Lupul has a modified no-trade clause where he has to supply a list of 14 teams he would accept a trade to. He’s signed for three seasons beyond 2014-15 at a cap-hit of $5.25 million.

The Fourth Period reports that Lupul has drawn the interest of the Canadiens, Capitals and Panthers.

Panthers Interested in Kessel

Florida Sun-Sentinal’s Harvey Fialkov tweeted Monday that the Florida Panthers are reportedly interested in Toronto’s Phil Kessel, but not at the cost of one of their young stars.

Despite recent struggles and criticisms, Kessel is only 27 and has managed to post 21 goals and 26 assists in 57 games in 2014-15.

The Panthers are currently three points out of the second wild card spot and are expected to make a trade to bolster their chances of a playoff berth, assuming they remain in playoff contention.


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