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Panthers Start their Purge: Dominic Moore to Montreal ... Rostislav Olesz IN

Deboer2 The Panthers have now officially sent struggling center Dominic Moore to Montreal for a second round pick in 2011.

No player coming up, but it looks like Rostislav Olesz is going to tape up his busted digit and play tonight.

And if this is the direction the Panthers are going with their expendable veterans, the doors are open.

-- Moore, signed after the Panthers got back from Helsinki in October after playing for Toronto and Buffalo last season, is making $1.1 million this year. Pro rated, the Panthers aren't gaining much financially here. But he has been struggling.

Moore hasn't scored in 13 games and has just two assists during that span. He only played 9:50 against Calgary as Pete had him on the bench for much of the first period. He played 12:07 and 13:14 in the past two games and was a minus-2 in those games.

Good move for the future by Randy Sexton, getting a second rounder for a guy who was walking -- and really didn't do much in the past couple of weeks. Hope Dominic gets things going in Montreal.

-- A few members of the Marlins will be roaming the arena tonight as part of the team's caravan activities. The players I hear are here are: Cameron Maybin, Wes Helms, Chris Volstad and Tim Wood. Some of those guys will be talking to Randy Moller during the radio intermissions.

-- Billy the Marlin helped with the opening slap shot. Looking into the stands, he felt right at home. I hope this is a late arriving crowd because there aren't 2,500 in here right now.

(*) And yes, that is the pic I took of Pete DeBoer standing in front of the For Sale sign. Was taken in Kitchener in 2008.