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Tomas Vokoun: I Love South Florida, May Just Return

Vokouncelebrate Tomas Vokoun said he has not closed the door on returning to the Panthers next season, saying he – like others – is excited about the direction Dale Tallon is taking the franchise.

Vokoun downplayed what appeared to be a sour relationship with DeBoer, but did say there was some friction.

Vokoun will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on July 1 unless he and the Panthers come to an agreement beforehand.

“Sometimes I didn't agree with [DeBoer's] decisions and I let him know. I was completely honest with him and he was with me,'' Vokoun said.

“I'm sure this isn't the best way to negotiate as a free agent, but I like South Florida and they are building the right way. It's been said for a long time, but based on [Tallon's] track record, they have the right people.''

Said Tallon: “[Vokoun] has stated he wants to remain a Panther and we'll look at every possible angle to who is making our team and who is going to be the starting goalie for us. We have a lot of time to make that decision. We had a good meeting today, very positive. He wants to be a Panther and we'll see what happens.''

-- Vokoun did have a lot of good things to say about the Tampa Bay Lightning, although he was using that franchise to say good things about the Panthers. He thinks the Panthers may not have had as much as Tampa did when they started their rebuild, but sees similarities.