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Florida Quiet On Trade Front On Deadline Day

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

In past seasons at the trade deadline, the Panthers had been busy in the trade front.

This season was much different as Florida made a single trade on deadline day, sending center Jerred Smithson to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2013 fourth round pick.

"It was an interesting day, we kept calm and kept our patience," said Tallon. "We had a lot of different possible deals on the table, but we felt that we would take our time and do the right thing. Overall, we weren’t as active as we thought we’d be, but yet we weren’t disappointed with the outcome of the day."

In the Smithson trade, it was a tough call to make to the forward about his trade as the forward was heading to the hospital to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

"They are going to have the baby (today or) tomorrow. That’s the tough part of the business. Dealing with family and friends," said Tallon. "We told him we’d do whatever we possibly could to help him out.

"He’s going to a good franchise and a good group. He’ll help those young guys as well and get a chance to play in the playoffs."

Florida also lost center Mike Santorelli through waivers as the Winnipeg Jets claimed the forward.

"That’s just what it is. We are looking to add (Nick) Bjugstad and (potentially Vincent) Trocheck and we’ve got a lot of assets coming," said Tallon. "Mike I’ve got to give a lot of credit. He went down to the minors and played hard, came back up and played well. But we’ve got other assets we need to make room for."

While teams called to try and make a trade with Florida, it didn't make sense for the Panthers brass to make moves just for the sake of making them.

"We have good core guys and we weren’t going to give up our good players just to band-aid something and add some late picks or whatever it was going to be," said Tallon. "Everyone wants your good players. And they feel that you’re going to sell them all and rebuild.

"But we’re not really in a rebuilding. We are just tweaking a little bit here and there and adding the pieces through the draft, we said we would do."

In the lockout shortened season, it was just better to stay put and rebound going into next season.

"I’m very optimistic about our future, despite what has happened this year," said Tallon. "You can see when the young guys have an opportunity and quality ice time they can get the job done."

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