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Monday, February 8, 2010

Trade Winds Blowing In Sunrise?

The Florida Panthers need a change, and that change seems to be coming as soon as this week. General Manager Randy Sexton spoke to George Richards of the Miami Herald Saturday evening, with Sexton claiming that he has as many as nine different trade scenarios on the table, and that he would like to get some deals done before the Olympic break.

"We are being active, there's no doubt about that." Sexton said.

Of course, when a GM has such talks you can expect some rumors to come up in conversation around the league. One rumor that I have heard, which does not seem to be from a reliable source, claims that Rusty Olesz may be dealt to the Edmonton Oilers along with prospect Drew Shore for Shawn Horcoff and a 5th round pick.

Just a note about the source, he/she claimed that New Jersey was out of the Kovalchuk running a day before the deal happened.

I will say though that it is a nice change of pace to see the organization trying to make changes in tough times. Former General Manager Martin didn't seem as active during his time is the sunshine state.

All of this information begs the question, who exactly is on the block for the Panthers? Well I cannot tell you for sure, but I will sure give you all an opinion.

SSH's Panthers Trading Block 2010:

Rusty Olesz - As much as I like Rusty I think his days here may be numbered. He is one of the better pieces of trade bait we have to offer and I think teams in seller and buyer mode will be interested.

Jordan Leopold - Jordan has had a good year, but is a UFA this off season. He has expressed desire to stay, and I wouldn't be surprised if Sexton keeps him the rest of the season and signs him back on in the off season. But you always have to keep your options open as a GM.

Dennis Seidenberg - ^ditto.

Dom Moore - Moore has been a decent addition to the Panthers this season, which also makes him a decent trade piece. I would not be surprised if he is dealt.

Cory Stillman - Stillman could be dealt depending on which mode the Panthers fall into. If they are buyers, then Stillman most likely stays. If the Cats are sellers then Stillman could go for younger talent.

Kamil Kreps - Kreps will not get the Panthers much, but he needs to go.

This week will be interesting for everyone in Pantherland. Stay tuned for what hopefully is an active trade week, and check back often for any info on possible deals.

That is all for today folks, have a good Monday and talk to you all soon.

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