CAROLINA — Carolina GM Dale Tallon said he didn’t believe the door to unrestricted free agency would be as safe to enter as people feared.
Tallon said after the Panthers’ 4-2 overtime loss at Florida, when the team was without key players for a 3-1 victory, the team decided to take a cautious approach and not rush into any moves.
“We’re in a situation where we have to be really cautious in the sense of we’re in the midst of free agency,” Tallon told reporters Wednesday.
“We can’t rush into anything.
I don’t think that’s the right way to go.”
Tillman said the Panthers didn’t intend to rush into decisions, but the team is making a concerted effort to try to make moves during the open window before the league opens.
The Panthers were one of five teams in the league that didn’t have players eligible for free agency, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The others were the New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes.
The Panthers are the only team to not have players who can be signed during the regular season.
But the Panthers have not been able to find an agreement with players who are unrestricted free agents this summer, or sign them to long-term contracts, like a contract extension.
Carolinas general manager Bob Murray has said the team will not rush through any deals.
When asked about whether the Panthers should rush into moves, Tallon responded: “I don’t know.
I haven’t been there.
I’ve been on the other side of it.
I’m just not sure.
We’re in it, and that’s just how it goes. “
There’s going to be a lot of things that happen.
We’re in it, and that’s just how it goes.
We’ve had a couple of opportunities to make some moves. “
I’m sure some people will be disappointed that we haven’t had a lot more activity and activity, but we’re not rushing.
We’ve had a couple of opportunities to make some moves.
We haven’t made a lot.
I think we have a lot to work on.
I can’t get into the specifics of what we’re going to do.
But we’ll figure it out.”