Panthers stay the course at NHL Trade Deadline

Regardless of his expiring contract, defenseman Jason Garrison remains with Florida following the 2012 deadline.

"We made our moves [for Jerred Smithson and Wojtek Wolski] early and those moves probably would've cost us a lot more today to do. Overall, I'm satisfied with the team we have. We have tremendous depth now. We improved our team a few days ago and we're going to get healthier over the next few weeks."

- Florida GM Dale Tallon, via the Sun-Sentinel

After the head-spinning action generated by Tallon, Inc.'s breathless efforts a year ago, this season's trading deadline came and went without a single deal by the Cats: not a pick, prospect or roster player left the organization. Conversely, nothing was added, though considering their 29-20-12 record, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Poll and more after the jump...

For the remainder of 2011-12 Florida retains the services of soon-to-be free agent forwards Mikael Samuelsson, Marco Sturm, Krys Barch, John Madden, D Jason Garrison & G Scott Clemmensen. Some, all, or none can be resigned prior to July 1; the futures of Sammy, Clemmer and - particularly - Garrison bear close scrutiny as the regular season winds down.

It was a very slow day, indeed lacking in any brand of drama, but the Panthers remain in first place in the Southeast Division, with games-in-hand on the competition, and oh yeah...it's late February. Not a position which forces a team to make rash or hurried moves simply for the sake of doing something, at least any team with rational leadership.

It's a mammoth sign of faith by management to their guys on the ice, a vote of confidence from The Boss, a collective kick in the pants many on the roster may find beneficial. It all begins anew on Tuesday.

Note - full coverage and analysis of the league's (few) transactions via SB Nation right here. Video below courtesy of the club.


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