Tallon on trades: 'We're not sellers'

The Sports Xchange

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon expects to be a very busy man in the coming week as the trade deadline approaches.

The deadline is next Monday at 3 p.m.

Since the Panthers haven't made the playoffs in 11 years, they have often been sellers at the deadline. That is not expected to be the case this season.

"We're not sellers," Tallon told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "We've got a good team, so it's a matter of adding pieces. We're moving forward from here; we're not subtracting."

The Panthers have scored three goals in their past three losses and have lost three straight regulation games for the first time this season. Tallon would love to find some offensive help.

"The phones are really quiet," Tallon said. "A lot of teams are still looking to see if they're buying or selling, so they're all kicking the tires. The worst-case scenario is we're staying pat."

--C Stephen Weiss played in his 613th game with the Panthers on Sunday, tying Radek Dvorak for the franchise lead.

--Coach Kevin Dineen saw a number of familiar faces on Sunday as he spent a few years coaching the Anaheim AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.

Ducks who were with the Pirates during Dineen's time include Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonas Hillerand and Corey Perry.

"I was extremely fortunate to have some quality individuals and players come through Portland," Dineen said. "They were a pleasure to be around, fun to be on the ice with every day. I couldn't be happier with the way their careers have progressed."

--D Nolan Yonkman made his debut with the Panthers on Sunday after being recalled from AHL San Antonio on Saturday. The Panthers sent rookie Colby Robak back to San Antonio.

"(Robak) is very early in his development period," Dineen said. "Now is not the time to be looking toward that experimentation. We need to get some stability in the lineup with a veteran presence."

--Florida dropped to 1-5-0 in its last six games against Anaheim, losing its third straight game to the Ducks.

--The Panthers have allowed the game's first goal in six of the last eight games and 32 times this season. They are 9-18-5 when allowing the first goal, while the Ducks are 19-7-6 when notching the opening goal.

"We need to find ways to score. We're not creating enough on offense to get us two points at the end of the night. We got off to a slow start, and that has been an issue lately and is something we need to correct." -- Coach Kevin Dineen after Florida's 2-0 loss to visiting Anaheim.

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