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Slim Pickins

PlateIf the Panthers are going to make a deal for a goaltender at this year's draft, time seems to be running out.

Friday, Toronto swung a deal with San Jose, acquiring Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell for a bunch of draft picks. Florida had been talking to the Sharks about Toskala, but Florida wasn't going to give up 21-year-old forward Rostislav Olesz.

Florida could have matched Toronto's package of picks (this year's first and second, a fourth in 2009) but don't know if they wanted to or even were offered the same deal.

So, who's left? Well, Toronto may now be shopping former rookie of the year Andrew Raycroft (whom it acquired at last year's draft from Boston). Raycroft is signed for the next two seasons for just over $2 mil per, so he's not real expensive nor would he be a drag on the Maple Leaves payroll. Don't know if they shop him just yet or not.

Word on the street is Boston is trying to swing a deal with Minnysota for Manny Fernandez (not the former Miami Dolphin) but that deal hasn't been done yet.

Florida could still swing a deal with Nashville/Hamilton for one of its two goalies. Florida could also deal with the Cup champ Ducks for Ilya Bryzgalov who is signed through next season and then can walk free. If Anaheim wants too much for Bryzgalov, the Panthers might walk away just because of that. Bryzgalov's price ($1.4) is right, but Florida's been burned by free agents to be in the past and may not want to walk down that road again.

Or the Panthers could just stand pat, give Ed Belfour a little more money and wait until next year.

-- For those who like new jerseys (or just, say, New Jersey) this is for you. Bruins also came out with new sweater as seen below. Tonight, the Jackets unveil their new look, will have that as well (brought the digital camera this trip. Yep. Getting serious.)

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