Big Changes in Florida?
The website's Panthers blog, On Frozen Pond, is reporting that GM Randy Sexton could enter a "retooling" phase to help the team improve. "We need to make more moves, need to be better. We're working on a variety of things, said Sexton during tonight's 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. "Whether we're buyers or sellers, we have to retool this team.''
And whether the Panthers are buyers or sellers in uncertain. This report comes only hours after the Panthers traded forward Dominic Moore to the Montreal Canadiens in return for a second round pick. While that may seem like a seller's move, Moore isn't exactly a game breaker, and he's a UFA that would have not been re-signed. Moreover, Sexton implied that the 2nd round pick acquired from Montreal could be part of a bigger deal.
Sexton also said that no one was safe, not even Tomas Vokoun, who has been one of the best goalies in the entire league this season, despite being on a mediocre team. Sexton refers to the old "if Gretzky could be traded" cliche, implying that the return that Vokoun could fetch might be better for the club in the long run.
The Panthers are currently sitting 6 points out of the final playoff spot in the east, and with only one game remaining until the Olympic break, they hold at least a game in hand over most of the teams ahead of them. In 12th place, their playoff hopes are looking gloomy, and they may decide they have good things to offer to teams looking to make playoff runs. Included in their list of pending free agents are Cory Stillman, Dennis Seidenberg, Jordan Leopold. But with Sexton's affirmation that anyone could be traded, could this mean a firesale for Florida's relative cheap roster?
It's going to be an interesting 15 hours leading into tomorrow's trade freeze deadline.