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Dale Tallon was so busy on Friday that at one point, one of my friends, who plays hockey in a recreational league, tweeted that he was about to call Tallon and tell him he could be had for league minimum.
Tallon is serious about getting the Panthers back to the postseason for the first time since 2000, and he sent his message by going nuts on both the trade and free agency wires.
He picked up three Stanley Cup winners, as well as two other players with solid playoff experience. In addition, he signed a goaltender who is capable of handling the load Vokoun leaves behind.
Sean Bergenheim: A breakout star for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs, Bergenheim also had 29 points in the regular season. In the postseason, he was fourth in the NHL in nine goals and finished with 11 points and one game-winning goal. He was signed to a four-year contract.
Ed Jovanovski: Jovanovski was brought back to the franchise where he started his career, as he was a member of the Panthers from 1995-1999. He had spent the last five years with the Phoenix Coyotes, and this year, he finished with 14 points and a plus-four rating while posting one assist in four playoff games.
He is a five-time NHL All-Star and has played in over 1,000 NHL games. The 35-year-old defenseman is under contract for four years.
Tomas Kopecky: Kopecky is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (2008 with the Detroit Red Wings and 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks). He had a career season in 2010-11 as he finished with 42 points as well as three power-play goals and two game-winning goals.
Kopecky has been improving every year and was also given a four-year deal.
Scottie Upshall: Upshall also cashed in with a four-year contract and has posted three 30-point seasons in his career. He spent 2010-11 with Phoenix and the Columbus Blue Jackets and finished with 34 points to go with two power-play goals and two game-winning goals in 34 games.
Kris Versteeg: Versteeg is the second member of Chicago's Stanley Cup team to be reunited with Tallon.
He spent last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, where he had 46 points, six power-play goals and one game-winning goal. He had six points in 11 games as Philly went to the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Brian Campbell: Campbell was traded from the Blackhawks and was a first-time Stanley Cup champion last spring. This season, he had 27 points to go with a plus-28 rating and three points in seven playoff games.
He was fourth on Chicago with 101 blocked shots and third with 22:58 of ice time. In the playoffs, he played over 26 minutes a game.
Jose Theodore: The veteran netminder, who has spent most of his career as a backup, spent the 2010-11 season with the Minnesota Wild. He went 15-11-3 in 32 games and posted a .916 save percentage and 2.71 GAA.
He is signed for two years and has played 580 NHL games.