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March 11, 2013 | 5:32pm ET
Panthers' players up for grabs
TheFourthPeriod.com

Last season, the Florida Panthers took the Southeast Division title and sat third in the Eastern Conference.

This year, with only 20 points, they are the worst team in the league.

According Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Panthers GM Dale Tallon has acknowledged that and with only three weeks until the April 3 trade deadline, he is willing to listen to any and all offers.

The Panthers initially intended to trade center Stephen Weiss, but that plan fell through when the 29-year-old was sidelined for the rest of the season, a result of wrist surgery. In the last year of his current contract, it is expected that Weiss will test free agency waters. The Panthers could potentially try to trade his rights at the NHL Draft.

Now, with the exception of Jonathan Huberdeau, Erik Gudbranson, Jakob Markstrom and Drew Shore, virtually any player on Florida's roster is for the taking.

Given the Panthers' incredibly deep prospect pool, most members of their current roster are more or less dispensable.

Kris Versteeg is rumored to be Florida's newest trade bait. However, Garrioch notes that the 26-year-old winger is quite the financial commitment with a $4.4 million cap hit through 2015-16 and a history of injuries that come with it.

Regardless, with playoff hopes fading, perhaps even gone, the Panthers are ready to deal. There are bound to be a few more scouts at Panthers games in the next three weeks.


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