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Bryan Allen Next to Leave

The Panthers made yet another move within the division on Monday, sending veteran defenseman Bryan Allen to the Hurricanes for winger Sergei Samsonov.

This is a pure salary dump.

Samsonov is a free agent next year and probably won't be back.

The Panthers now just have a handful of players signed next year, with forwards David Booth, Stephen Weiss, Rostislav Olesz and, yes, Steven Reinprecht making over $12 million of the $18 million the Panthers have on the books.

Right now, the Panthers are more than $40 million under next year's cap.

Too bad LeBron James is already locked in.

Bryan Allen apparently had to waive a no-trade to make this happen, so he obviously didn't mind getting out of here.

Will be nice to see Bryan and Cory Stillman tomorrow when the Hurricanes play host to the Rochester Panthers.

The Panthers have dumped over $2 million in salary today, bringing around $900,000 back. Since the payroll purge started Thursday with Stillman, the Panthers have shipped out around $4.5 million worth of money still owed players; they have brought back around $1.2.

Building toward the future? Sure.

Saving money in the immediate future? Absolutely.