I Haven't Got Choc Ices, I Only Got The Albatross.

If you haven’t been watching the Florida Panthers since the draft, they’ve been getting rid of cash like it causes hives.

With Thomas Vokoun less than 48 hours away from testing the waters everywhere, I wonder if Tallon would like to add a Stanley Cup winning goaltender to his roster?  I know where one is.

A couple of moves over the past few days have moved Florida $10M closer to the cap floor.

  • Traded for defenceman Brian Campbell from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Rostislav Olesz.  Campbell’s cap hit is $7.1M coming in.
  • Traded for the rights to forward Tomas Kopecky from the Chicago Blackhawks for a seventh round draft pick.  Kopecky just signed a new contract witih the Panthers that’s being reported from a few folks as $3M per year.

Khabibulin - Photo courtesy cbc.ca

Goaltender Thomas Vokoun is about to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent on Canada Day.  His salary averaged into a cap hit of $5.7M.  Would Florida be interested in Nikolai Khabibulin? Is there enough name recognition among Florida fans from his time in Tampa Bay that would make this a popular idea?  What about the idea that Khabibulin is under contract for the next two years at roughly $2M less than Vokoun was this past season?

Current Florida GM Dale Tallon has just acquired two former Blackhawks to help bolster his team.  Khabibulin spent four seasons in Chicago after his 2004 Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay.  Would Tallon bite?

Here’s hoping Tambellini pulls a serious Kris Draper trade.  Pick up the phone, ask for a buck.  The Panthers get name recognition in Florida (hopefully that idea sells) and the Oilers can roll Dubnyk and look for a backup or a 1A.  Or Martin Gerber.  Yes, Gerber.  And we can all take a nice deep breath and look at some nice fluffy clouds in the meantime knowing that an albatross has been unchained from our necks.

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