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Dale Tallon

Panthers GM: ‘We’re not blowing this thing up’


The Florida Panthers may have no legitimate shot of making the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean general manager Dale Tallon is in a selling mood as Wednesday’s trade deadline approaches.

“We’re not blowing this thing up,” said Tallon, per the Miami Herald. “If we can sell some assets to get better, we’ll do that. It depends what happens in the next few weeks. We’ll be aggressive either way.”

Pending unrestricted free agents Tom Gilbert, Brad Boyes, and Tim Thomas could all garner interest at the deadline; however, it seems Tallon would prefer to re-sign them for next season, should they have a desire to stay.

Tallon has apparently been given permission to spend to the cap by new ownership, so those three could be in line for healthy raises. (Which may just increase their aforementioned desire to stay.)

Video: Tim Thomas sprawls out to deny Mike Green’s breakaway chance

Washington Capitals v Florida Panthers

In the third period of a tied hockey game between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers, it looked like defenseman Mike Green suddenly had a sure goal.

Green was breaking in all alone on Panthers’ goalie Tim Thomas when the veteran puck stopper suddenly stumbled as he was backing up. Green looked to take advantage, making a move to the forehand with almost the entire net to shoot at. But the 39-year-old Thomas, in an act of desperation, threw out his left arm and denied Green as he tried to slide the puck along the ice and into the open cage.

Now, as great a save as it was, it only prolonged the inevitable, as Alex Ovechkin scored just seconds later to give the Capitals a 5-4 win.

Goalie nods: Talbot goes for Rangers, Ortio makes NHL debut


News and notes from around the blue paint…

Talbot starts for Blueshirts

The Rangers will rest Henrik Lunqvist — coming off a silver medal-winning performance in Sochi — tonight when they host the Blackhawks at MSG, giving Cam Talbot the start.

Talbot has been great for the Rangers this season, providing stellar backup play since replacing Martin Biron as Lundqvist’s No. 2. Talbot’s 10-5-0 on the year with a 1.79 GAA and .935 save percentage, but does face a tough test tonight in the high-flying Blackhawks.

Speaking of the ‘Hawks, Corey Crawford will get the nod tonight.

Ortio to make Flames, NHL debut

Special night for Finnish netminder Joni Ortio, as he’ll make his big-league debut against the Kings in Calgary. Ortio gets his chance with Karri Ramo shelved (lower body) and comes in on the heels of a solid campaign with AHL Abbotsford, where he’s 20-6-0 this season with a 2.22 GAA and .926 save percentage.

Ortio will be the fourth goalie to suit up for the Flames this year, joining Ramo, Reto Berra and Joey MacDonald.

No word yet on who will start for L.A. Martin Jones played in last night’s 6-4 win over Colorado.


Blue Jackets at Devils: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Cory Schneider

Leafs at Isles: Jonathan Bernier vs. Evgeni Nabokov

Sharks at Flyers: Alex Stalock vs. Steve Mason

Habs at Pens: Marc-Andre Fleury for Pittsburgh, no word yet on Montreal’s starter.

Capitals at Panthers: Braden Holtby vs. Tim Thomas

Red Wings at Sens: Jonas Gustavsson vs. Robin Lehner

Lightning at Preds: Carter Hutton for Nashville, no confirmation from Tampa yet.

Coyotes at Jets: Ondrej Pavelec for Winnipeg, Mike Smith likely for Phoenix.

Hurricanes at Stars: Anthon Khudobin vs. Kari Lehtonen

Wild at Oilers: Darcy Kuemper vs. Ben Scrivens

Tallon not itching to sell, eager to bring Thomas back next season

Dale Tallon

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is a guy who is never afraid to make a deal, but he may not be so eager to do that at the trade deadline this season.

George Richards of the Miami Herald heard from Tallon about a host of topics concerning the 15th place team in the Eastern Conference.

Tallon said he’s not ready to sell at the March 5 deadline just yet despite the team being 13 points back of the final wild card spot for the postseason. He said players like Brad Boyes, Tim Thomas, Jesse Winchester, and Tom Gilbert (who are all due to be free agents this summer) could come back next season. All of them would be attractive to teams looking to add a piece for a playoff run, however.

Speaking of Thomas, Tallon says the two have discussed him sticking around for another year. Tallon added emphatically that Thomas “absolutely” has a place there past this season. Both he and Scott Clemmensen are due to become free agents this summer and prospect Jacob Markstrom is biding his time in the minors.

Tallon says he would like to speak with soon-to-be restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Kulikov about an extension but talks haven’t begun. He hopes to reach out to his agent soon to get things going there.

‘Canes chase Thomas with four goals on 14 shots


Florida goalie Tim Thomas didn’t last long into Friday’s start against Carolina, as he was yanked after allowing four goals on 14 shots in the opening 25 minutes of action.

It marked the first time the 39-year-old had been pulled since allowing four goals on 13 shots in an eventual 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 30.

The ugliness started early for Thomas and the Panthers tonight, as Riley Nash scored his eighth of the season at the 9:17 mark. Just over a minute later, Alex Semin made it 2-0 with his 14th of the year.

Nick Bjugstad and Brett Bellemore exchanged tallies to make it 3-1 Carolina at the end of the period, but the ‘Canes kept pressing early in the second and were rewarded just 4:36 in as Jiri Tlustly scored his ninth of the campaign.

That was it for Thomas. He was relieved by backup Scott Clemmensen, making his first appearance since Jan. 30.

The Panthers have not been playing well lately — they lost four of five coming into tonight, allowing 20 goals — and one wonders if Thomas could be moved when the NHL roster freeze is lifted after the Olympic break.