March 11, 2013
As of right now, the Florida Panthers are the worst team in the NHL with just 20 points. They're seven points behind New Jersey for the last playoff spot in the East and nine points back of Carolina for first in the Southeast Division. That's… Not good and it could mean it's time for them to start selling by the trade deadline.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that Panthers GM Dale Tallon is open to all trade offers for his players. There are a few notable exceptions, however.
Forwards Jonathan Huberdeau and Drew Shore, defenseman Erik Gudbranson and goalie Jacob Markstrom are reportedly off limits. Everyone else on the roster, however, could be had for the right price, including Kris Versteeg and his contract that comes with a $4.4 million cap hit through the 2015-16 season. Good luck with that one.
This report comes at a tough time as they just lost soon-to-be free agent Stephen Weiss for the season with a wrist injury. He would've drawn a lot of attention from teams in need of a capable center and now they'll possibly end up losing him for nothing.