Originally written October 23, 2011 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
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Panthers general manager Dale Tallon wanted to ditch a big, long-term contract commitment and give his team an early jolt.Canucks GM Mike Gillis sought to get younger and quicker while adding another proven scorer to his already explosive offense. So the two men worked out a semi-blockbuster.The Panthers sent left wing David Booth, center Steve Reinprecht and a third-round pick in 2013 to the Canucks on Saturday in exchange for veteran forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.Samuelsson and Sturm are in the final years of their contract. Both should bolster the Florida supporting cast for the rest of this season as the Panthers try to get back into the playoff hunt.“Samuelsson won a Cup in Detroit and is coming off back-to-back 50-point seasons,” Tallon said. “He's a real useful player. He can play the point on the power play and has size and a big shot that we sorely need. Sturm gives us a player that can kill penalties. He's scored 20 or more goals seven times in his car...
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