After weekend wins over the Anaheim Ducks (4-1) and Los Angeles Kings (3-2), the Florida Panthers find themselves with victories in four straight and seven of their past eight tries.
The Panthers have moved up to fifth place in the Atlantic Division and are only two points shy of the Boston Bruins, with the Panthers holding two games in hand.
The Panthers are also now only one point out of an Eastern Conference Wild Card spot, although there are still a mess of teams in that particular race.
With only nine days until the March 1 NHL trade deadline though, what is the mindset of this team?
“If we have a good week, we’re going to probably maintain and look and see what’s available,” said president of hockey operations Dale Tallon during a Monday afternoon appearance on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590. “We’re not going to give up much off our roster to chase something. We do have some picks and prospects, but we’re not going to see many changes on our roster.
“So if it’s a deal there that’s a short-term kind of quick fix thing, we might look at that as well. But obviously we prefer to be buying. I think that’s what’s going to happen. If we maintain our play the next four games, we’ll see what’s available there to help maybe our power play – something like that. But it’s got to be a short-term thing because we have good, young players coming in our system and we don’t want to block them either.
“So that’s what we’re looking at. Something just to give us a spark if we need to.”
Source: Sportsnet 590
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