VANCOUVER -- Dale Tallon promised changes when he took over the Panthers almost five years ago and, if nothing else, he's delivered.
Since Tallon was named general manager in 2010, the Panthers have been completely overturned and overhauled.
When Tallon traded to get Roberto Luongo back last March, he sent two players (Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias) to Vancouver who weren't picked by him.
On the current roster, only Dmitry Kulikov was selected or acquired by the Panthers by someone other than Tallon.
A complete overhaul, he said, wasn't the original intent.
"I was trying to identify the best players who would give us the best future and sometimes you have to pay a price for that,'' Tallon said.
"We're always looking to do what's best for the franchise's present and future. I didn't trade guys because they weren't 'my guys.' That would be a stupid way of doing business. But I only know how to do things the way I did them before. Although most of the guys are gone, that wasn't pre-planned.''
Kulikov is the final leftover from the previous management team as he was drafted by Randy Sexton in 2009.
Matthias and Markstrom were either acquired or drafted by Jacques Martin.
Just weeks after taking the reins of the Panthers, Tallon asked players whether they wanted to be part of the rebuild. Some weren't so keen on the idea, so, Tallon traded them away.
In his first four years, Tallon traded the likes of Nathan Horton, Keith Ballard, Kris Versteeg, Marcel Goc and Mike Weaver as well as let Stephen Weiss walk away during free agency.
"I think he had to do that,'' coach Gerard Gallant said. "When he first started, he brought a lot of guys he knew from the Chicago organization and it has turned over pretty quick. I think the success we're having this year is helped by the six veteran guys we brought in over the summer.''
Kulikov, now in his sixth season with the Panthers says he has gotten used to having a new team every year. The Panthers have also had plenty of coaching turnover as well.
"Every year is a new year and many have been completely new from coaches to the players,'' said Kulikov, who is on his fourth coach with the Panthers.
"You get used to getting to know guys during training camp. I don't really think about although some may take it as a shock. I'm used to it. I just want to win. We've had some great groups of guys but we've come up short.''