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It wasn't so long ago that the Panthers were a defensive zone trapping team, intent on stifling play until you fell asleep. Those days are long gone, and if not for the efforts of one Tomas Vokoun, this team would be even worse than they are now.
The Panthers are falling out of the playoff race in the East, despite the efforts of the Rangers to hand them the eight seed. At 34, Vokoun is still one of the best goaltenders in the league and coming into the last year of his contract in Florida.
A smart GM wouldn't squander the opportunity Tomas Vokoun gives them at the deadline. A halfway decent team could go places in the playoffs with Vokoun behind them. Given his age, Vokoun figures to want a contract that will put him on par with the Henrik Lundqvist's, Cam Ward's, and Ryan Miller's of the world.
Is Florida ready to make that kind of commitment? Is Dale Tallon ready to? If he remembers his last big splash goaltending signing, he wont. Cristobal Huet was and still is a huge mistake on Tallon's part, one that contributed to the mass exodus following their championship run.
Weiss and Booth are also commodities other teams may value who want some scoring punch up front.
Which brings us back to Bryan McCabe, the grizzled vet on the blue line for the Panthers. He was originally mentioned here in a deadline preview, and still figures to be available. If the Rangers almost had a deal for him, McCabe would most certainly waive his no-trade clause to come to San Jose.
While it's unknown what Wilson will do, it's clear that the Sharks are not done by any means.
Only time will tell.