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A New Goalie

Tomas The Panthers have apparently swung a deal to grab Nashville All-Star Tomas Vokoun.

Still wading through the rumors, but this can't be anything but good for the Panthers. The big price was next year's first round pick, but whatever.

You lose Roberto, you gain Vokoun. Not too shabby.

Sure, the price was steep, but it was the right move to make. You have to think JM did quite a nice job with this one. He didn't panic, stayed cool throughout the deal -- and didn't get desperate and go to Minnesota for Manny Fernandez.

As always, post your comments below. As bad as last year's draft was for the Panthers, this one suddenly just perked up.

Here's what the Cats give up: A first round pick in 2008; a second round pick tomorrow and a secondary second-round pick either tomorrow or in 2008. Vokoun is signed for the next four seasons, making $5.5 million in 2007-08 with an escalating contract that maxes at $6.3 mil in 2010-11.

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