Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
The Florida Panthers' GM, Dale Tallon, is an aggressive genius.
Tallon has made monumental signings and trades in this past week of Free Agency (and prior to July 1st as well) to turn the Panthers from a team that has not made the playoffs since the lockout to a legitimate playoff contender.
Key signings and acquisitions include forwards Scott Upshall, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky, Sean Bergenheim, and Marcel Goc.
On the back end, Tallon also signed Ed Jovanovski and acquired Brian Campbell from the Blackhawks.
Although all of these signings look nothing short of spectacular on paper (minus Campbell's large cap hit), Tallon failed to retain the services of goaltender Tomas Vokoun, a move that could seriously cost the Cats over the next couple seasons.
Vokoun has not had a GAA over 2.70 since 2000-01 and a save percentage of over 91.9 in every season since the lockout.
If those numbers do not stand out to those reading, then perhaps the fact that the Washington Capitals signed him for a mere $1.5 million dollars for this upcoming year will raise some questions.
Vokoun previously had a $5.7 million cap hit with the Panthers, so taking a ~70 percent pay cut to play with the Capitals raises multiple eye brows about why Vokoun and Tallon did not sit down to more serious negotiations if Tallon was going to be completely re-vamping the team through free agency and trades.
Tallon's faith in Jose Theodore, who has had a GAA of above 2.70 for five of the last six seasons, is questionable to say the least.