Those plucky young Florida Panthers continue to make the playoff race interesting, but the plan hasn’t changed for general manager Dale Tallon.
While there’s no doubt he would love for his rising squad to make the playoffs this season, he’s not going to trade any key futures away just to add short-term help.
He remains committed to the longer-term view, which is a bright one indeed when you look at the young core of this team plus what’s coming below.
Word is that Bergenheim ($2.75 million cap hit), who wants a change of scenery, is garnering the most interest, from a few playoff-bound clubs in the Western Conference. With 17 points (12 goals, 5 assists) in 23 career NHL playoff games, the 31-year-old could be an intriguing gamble for the right price. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s on the radar of the Winnipeg Jets, who were already looking for a top-nine forward before losing Mathieu Perreault and his 18 goals to injury.
Fleischmann ($4.5 million cap hit) made a brilliant play to set up a power-play goal Tuesday night in Toronto with many scouts on hand to watch. He’s still a good offensive player if given the right opportunity. The 30-year-old had 27 goals for Florida in 2011-12, but his role has obviously decreased ever since as the kids have risen up the ranks in Florida.