February 11, 2019 | 7:05pm ET
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PANTHERS NOT LOOKING TO TRADE HUBERDEAU

 
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Jonathan Huberdeau, forward

 

As the Florida Panthers look to retool for the 2019-20 campaign, plenty of speculation around what they could do next has taken over the trade chatter as we sit less than two weeks until the trade deadline.

The Panthers have expressed interest in acquiring both Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky from the Columbus Blue Jackets as a head-start to try and sign them as free agents this summer.

While Panthers GM Dale Tallon may continue his attempts – it’s possible he may focus on Bobrovsky for the time being – TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported Monday morning the Cats may be willing to part with star winger Jonathan Huberdeau.

According to Seravalli, “Huberdeau could potentially be a part of that puzzle,” that brings Panarin and Bobrovsky to South Florida.

It’s possible talks shift in this direction, however sources close to the situation have told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta the Panthers are in fact not interested in trading Huberdeau.

Huberdeau, 25, is in the second-year of a six-year, $35.4 million contract and has a full no-movement clause that kicks in July 1.

“Teams have called and inquired about Huberdeau, but I’ve received pretty strong comments from sources telling me the Panthers have no plans to trade him (by the deadline,” Pagnotta said.

The Panthers are weighing their options on some of their other players, including recently-acquired forwards Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan, winger Troy Brouwer, goalie James Reimer, and winger Mike Hoffman, who owns a 10-team no-trade list.

Tallon has over $21 million in available salary cap space next season, and he’ll receive more when the salary cap increases to anywhere from $81 million to $83 million.