"The decision was made to keep our core together and keep our eye on the ball as far as the future is concerned. We added a great number of picks and got younger and really solidified our future. The future is most important for us." -- Dale Tallon
isn't likely to end with the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2000, but maybe Tallon's thorough housecleaning on Monday will be the first step toward getting the Panthers back to the postseason in the near future.
. In return, the Panthers received forward
and a pair of third-round draft picks.