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Dale Tallon on Tomas Kopecky: "He's an Important Part" ... Tallon Says Team, Vokoun Talking. "We're Hopeful.''

Kopecky2 The Panthers deal with Tomas Kopecky is finally official, with the team comfirming the earlier report from Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos saying it's a four-year deal worth $3 million per season.

"I like champions,'' GM Dale Tallon said. "He's from Detroit, had success in Chicago. I like his grit, his personality, his professionalism.''

Tallon confirmed that the team and Kopecky had been talking for a few days as he says Kopecky came up when the Panthers were talking to Chicago about Brian Campbell.

"When we were talking to Chicago about Campbell, we asked if there was anything else,'' Tallon said. "We felt we could sign him because of their cap issues. This was an opportunity to get something done before [July 1st). It was important to us. We wanted some stability going into the first instead of hoping and waiting. It's easier to go forward with him under contract.''

Some are saying the Panthers really overpaid on this deal, but he was going to get anywhere between $2 and $2.5 million per season in my estimation. So it's really not that much more. Especially for a team that has to spend the cash.

Tallon admitted he probably spent too much on Kopecky. And will probably have to continue overpaying as the free agency market opens Friday.

"On Friday, you're going to overpay,'' Tallon said. "July belongs to the players, August belongs to managemt. We want the right pieces in place and he's an important part. We had the room, got a deal done. That's what's important.

"He wanted to come here, that's important. He wants to be a leader. He won in Detroit, won in Chicago. He doesn't want to lose here. He wants to win here.

"His scoring comes because of his work ethic. He's great at tipping shots from the point, he'll pay the price. That appeals to me. He kills penalties. I think he's getting better and better. His numbers go up every year.''

Tallon on Tomas Vokoun: "We're in negotiations with him as we speak, very hopeful. All I can tell you.''

Tallon on what's going on with the Panthers: "I know what needs to be done and we're on the right track. We're dedicated to winning games. Those guys [Campbell and Kopecky] are champions and want to be Panthers. Thats what I want: People who are passionate about being Panthers.''

On Friday: "It's going to take all day and it's not a one day deal. It's going to take time. We're going to make the effort. It's a big weekend for us to get the players we want.''


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Yeah, it's a slight overpayment but he get's the same money as Olesz and is a lot better imo. So anyway you look at it we got an upgrade in Kopecky. Hopefully him and Skille will have good seasons with the Panthers. Excited to see them both play next year.

I'd rather have Kopecky at 3 than Olesz at 4 million - period. Tallon is toughening this team up with Skille and Kopecky, both guys who can play tough and can chip in some scoring too.

I like this pickup. Alot of the Hawk fans were pist off about the loss. I'm also glad Olesz is gone. We are so desperate for scoring. Bring back Pavel Bure!

Bring back Billy Lindsey. No kidding the guy looked great at Pines Trail Park last week. Looks like he could play now. Would have loved to see him on the coaching staff or even volunteering to help out in his spare time. Any idea who else Campbell was referring to of his "ex-teammates" that want to come here?

I think that signing Kopecky was huge for the Panthers before July 1st. Hopefully the Panthers add additional offense with free agency just hours away. Our young guys are going to learn a lot from guys like Campbell and Kopecky and show them how champions are suppose to play. I'm just excited to see this club turn things around not be afraid to go out and get players as well as trade some away. Go Panthers!

Cam Barker is next off waivers, Campbell's playing partner

huberdeau and gudbranson maybe howden next year on the roster guys tallon said it in a interview with richards. doesnt sound like brad richards will be heading this way which is kinda a bummer, i had my hopes up there for a bit

Tallon said he will try and pursue Richards. So I don't know what you're talking about huba.

If they don't get Richards they better sign:

Ville Leino LW
Erik Cole C
Scottie Upshall RW
Jonathan Ericsson D

If they get either Cole or Leino I will be extremely happy.

he can try and get richards, but there is a 0% chance of him coming here im afraid when the rangers and leafs as well as 18 other teams (rumoured) are interested in his services. so its pointless to think about him even wearing a panthers jersey next season, or ever for that matter.
however, it is moves like getting campbell and kopecky that is changing the culture, filling our roster with proven winers. i just hope it rubs off on all the other guys who have become used to mediocrity here, getting rid of chumps like olesz has definitely been positive - great work tallon!
i agree, cole would be a fantastic signing! but rumours atm suggest he will resign with the canes. leino also looks like going back to philly with all the cap space they've now got themselves. i would happily take upshall, capable of 40 points if playing in our top 6 and manages to stay healthy.

p.s get gudbranson signed!!!

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