Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/24/12

Maybe Dale Tallon isn’t so crazy after all. It was quite the odd scene in the summer when the Florida Panthers General Manager scooped up every seemingly marginal free agent, gave them long-term deals, and called it a team. It garnered a fair share criticism, but in retrospect, they have actually been shrewd moves.

The Panthers have been languishing in obscurity for years, and last year they had to watch Tampa make a run deep into the playoffs as Steve Yzerman was showered with praise for “building” a winner that featured Stamkos, St. Louis and Lecavalier. But it seems as if Tallon was simply waiting to splash on the litany of free agents that he could throw money at to come live in Florida.

He gave Jovo Cop a four-year, $16.5 million deal. Tomas Fleischmann for four-years as well, and will get four and a half per. Scottie Upshall? Give him four years as well. $14 million for him? Why not? It seems as if the Panthers love giving out four-years deals so much so that even Sean Bergenheim got one for eleven sheets.

But that was not even all of the madness. They picked up Brian Campbell for next to nothing from the Blackhawks, and he of a $7.1 million cap hit made the trip south to the Sunshine State. Before July 1st even struck, they managed to convince another former Blackhawk to stick around town for; you guessed it, four years. Tomas Kopecky got a nice little $12 million payday, and all he has to do is live in Florida.

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