Teams seeking to deal with the Florida Panthers may need to prepare for Dale Tallon's poker face.

The Panthers' GM, who earned Executive of the Year honors two seasons ago, pulled off a number of trades this year in which Florida came out ahead -- at least in the short-term. Long-term, he may have plucked some of the league's best NHL-ready prospects from the Chicago Blackhawks and a highly decorated netminder vying for a Stanley Cup.

"You want them to come in groups and waves, three and four at a time," Tallon said of building through youth. "That'€™s how we'€™re going to get this process done."

More importantly, he did so without parting with his prized blue-chip talent in Erik Gudbranson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Nick Bjugstad, Vincent Trochek, Drew Shore or Quinton Howden. Those players have long been inquired about by other general managers and frequently dismissed.

Tallon has been steadfast about not mortgaging the Panthers' future, and looking back at his deals this past season, some of his counterparts around the league might rightfully be crying robbery.