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Mike Santos: Florida Panthers Haven't Spoken with Anyone

Helpwanted Florida Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos said Wednesday that "to his knowledge" the team has not asked anyone for permission to speak with coaches on staff.

That would include Atlanta and John Torchetti. Atlanta GM Rick Dudley told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the Panthers asked for -- and were granted -- permission to speak to Torchetti.

Santos said he didn't reach out to Dudley and with GM Dale Tallon in Europe scouting, doubts that he did either. Either way, they haven't spoken with anyone regarding their vacancy and aren't in much of a rush.

Tallon gets back next week. Right now the team is just compiling their list, watching and waiting to see what happens as the playoffs move along.

Santos added that those who think the Panthers are going to hire a guy with Chicago (Tallon) or Nashville (Santos) ties are "over-thinking things a bit.'' Santos said the Panthers are looking at all options.

"We need the right personality that fits here,'' he said.

-- Santos added there have been general discussions with Erik Gudbranson (third overall pick, 2010) regarding a contract, "but there's no deadline. We don't have to have him signed right now. There are more pressing issues.''

-- Santos also said he had one very "general" talk with Tomas Vokoun's people. Assuming Vokoun is going to walk July 1 is premature, Santos said.