Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon is hoping to add a depth winger before the trade deadline passes at 3pm ET on Wednesday.
In an interview with TSN's Frank Seravalli, Tallon admitted that the Panthers are in the market for help at either wing position.
"We're strong up the middle, so either wing some place would work," Tallon told TSN.ca on Friday. "We have players in the minors right now, but I don't know that they're ready to take the next step yet."
Tallon indicated that the team's next two games will have an influence on what they do by the trade deadline, and hinted he doesn't want to mess with team chemistry too much.
The Panthers have been linked to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle, Detroit Red Wings left wing Thomas Vanek, Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen, and Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault, who comes with a higher salary cap hit, among others.
"You want to send a message to your team with a trade that you want to win," Tallon said. "Sometimes, not doing anything isn't good, either. You don't want the players to think they aren't good enough to win."
The Panthers currently sit two points back of the New York Islanders for the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference, as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division.