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WHEELING AND DEALING: Goc, Thomas Only Panthers to Go on Deadline Day

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The Tim Thomas Era in Florida is over.

The Panthers traded the two-time Vezina winner to Dallas on Wednesday afternoon after he waived his no-trade clause after Florida picked up Roberto Luongo the day before.

The Panthers got veteran goalie Dan Ellis back in return. Ellis is signed through next season so it appears he is the new backup to Roberto Luongo. That would mean Scott Clemmensen, who cleared waivers at noon, would be heading to San Antonio to play for Florida's AHL affiliate.

Florida also sent Marcel Goc to a contender as the third-line center goes to Pittsburgh. The Pens gave up a fifth round pick this summer and a third round selection in next year's deeper draft.

TSN reported that Thomas wasn't happy about the trade, although I would say he's just not happy with how things went down. Thomas was apparently led to believe he had a future here as the Florida goalie and was content to stick around. Then Luongo came to town and everything changed.

"That's something that hadn't really been discussed,'' Thomas said Tuesday night when asked if he would be willing to move to a contender. Thomas added he learned of the Luongo deal while riding the bus to the arena. He reportedly wasn't real happy about it.

Dale Tallon acknowledged this when he said he would talk to Thomas about it. "This was a business decision,'' Tallon said, adding it was something the Panthers felt they had to jump on. Tallon added that the deal came together "out of nowhere'' thereby covering himself when it comes to previous conversations with Thomas.

We're talking to Thomas in a little bit. Will get into all of this then.

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