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Panthers part of last minute rush and more

Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:06 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 2:12 pm
It’s coming down to the 11th hour (or 1400 military time). Anyway, the trade waters are rustling a little quicker as the deadline approaches, with the Florida Panthers continuing to be busy bees and the Chicago Blackhawks adding a piece for their title defense hopes.

The Panthers have been in strip-down mode for the last week, and made their third deal of the day and their fifth in the last week by sending defenseman Bryan Allen to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Sergei Samsonov. Florida saves a little payroll for the balance of this season by moving the big, physical Allen to Carolina, and get a player who showed some tremendous skill in his first few NHL seasons.

But that was nearly a decade ago and Samsonov is 32 years old now with plenty of miles on him. But he is in the last year of his contract and Florida still needs some NHL players to finish out a season that has seen them shed most of them.

Allen will add some depth to the blue line, much like Chris Campoli will for the Blackhawks. Campoli went to Chicago for prospect Ryan Potulny and a second-round draft pick.

Campoli is the latest of the Senators players to go in their fire sale and maybe part of the price Ottawa had to pay to keep Chris Phillips around.
Category: NHL

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:38 pm

Panthers part of last minute rush and more

I misspoke, I meant to say Florida instead of Atlanta, I don't know where I'm going either.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:38 pm

Panthers part of last minute rush and more

This seems like a good trade for the Hurricanes and Sergei Samsonov.  The Hurricanes get a much needed physical defenseman and Samsonov gets a chance to consistantly play in the top six and maybe show skills to be picked up by another team or get an extention in Atlanta.  I'm not sure the Huricanes would have resigned Samsonov who is a unrestricted free agent at the end of the season anyway.  Long term I don't see where Atlanta is going.

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