Not long after David Booth was traded to Vancouver on Saturday night, general manager Dale Tallon walked into a conference room at BankAtlantic Center with a scowl on his face.

Tallon didn't want to trade Booth on Saturday. Had Booth scored a handful of goals and had a handful of assists, he probably would be practicing with the Panthers on Wednesday.

Only he didn't.

"I felt I had to make a move and send a message to this team,'' Tallon said about the slumping Panthers. Before the trade, Florida had lost consecutive games by 3-0 scores. Tallon obviously was unhappy with what he had seen.