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Atlanta's Niclas Bergfors is headed to Florida.
NHL-ers: Sergei Samsonov (from Carolina), Ryan Carter (from Carolina), Niclas Bergfors (from Atlanta), Alexander Sulzer
Draft Picks: 2011 Third-Round Pick (from Vancouver), 2011 Fifth-Round Pick (from Carolina), 2011 Third-Round Pick (from Washington), 2011 Third-Round Pick (from NY Rangers)
Prospects/Others: Evan Oberg (from Vancouver), Jake Hauswirth (from Washington), Patrick Rissmiller (from Atlanta), Tim Kennedy (from NY Rangers)
NHL-ers: Chris Higgins (to Vancouver), Bryan Allen (to Carolina), Cory Stillman (to Carolina), Dennis Wideman (to Washington), Radek Dvorak (to Atlanta), Bryan McCabe (to NY Rangers),
Draft Picks: 2011 Fifth-Round Pick (to Atlanta), 2012 Seventh-Round Pick (to Nashville)
The Panthers seem to be quite keen on third-round picks. Otherwise, they also seem to be quite keen on rebuilding.
Their current roster will take a hit, with six current NHL-ers headed out and only four coming in. They do pick up a good edge on picks and acquired five prospects without giving up any. However, besides the young star in Bergfors (pictured), whose acquisition we really like, they aren't getting many big-potential players.
Florida's defense will take the biggest hit, losing McCabe, Wideman and Allen, all top four 'D'-men, with only questionable Sulzer coming in. Although we understand they're building for the future, it could be a rough road down the stretch this spring. Former 'Canes Samsonov, 32, and Carter, 25, aren't going to be more than fourth-line players, Sulzer is shaky at best, and none of those prospects are players that should be counted on at all in the NHL.
Carter and Samsonov will play against their former team Tuesday night, as will now-Hurricanes Stillman and Allen, in another divisional duel. But don't expect much from the Cats; for them, it's all about tomorrow.