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“We had a great talk yesterday and a great talk with his agent and we will see if he fits economically. We are going to go younger and we will see going forward.”
-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers on Jaromor Jagr. CBS Miami has more from Tallon in a radio segment today.
from the Sun Sentinel,
After a wayward season of leadership by committee, the Florida Panthers are returning to the method that worked well previously with Dale Tallon back in sole command.
Tallon made that clear Monday upon resuming his former role as general manager.
"We're turning the page on a disappointing season. From today, we're moving forward with a singular voice under my leadership in hockey operations," he said firmly.
Tallon and President and CEO Matt Caldwell both acknowledged that the changes in the front office structure to a group effort after the 2015-16 season, with Tallon as president of hockey operations but not driving the decision-making as in the past, didn't work.
"Especially with folks with military background, you'd think we'd get chain of command straight," Caldwell said. "We realized the importance of it. Everything was done with the best intentions. We want to win. ... but I think what we learned is that having a singular voice that listens to everything - listens to analytics, listens to scouts, listens to his gut for many, many years - and have one single voice that reports to ownership is most important."
SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers Chairman & Governor Vincent Viola announced on Monday that Dale Tallon has been appointed the club's General Manager. Tallon will also retain his title as President of Hockey Operations.
"I am confident that we have the necessary talent throughout our organization to win the Stanley Cup," Viola said. "Dale will continue to be our principle leader as we pursue this single goal."
Tom Rowe, 60, will no longer serve as Florida Panthers General Manager and Interim Head Coach. Rowe will remain with the organization as Special Advisor to Panthers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Dale Tallon.
Tallon, 66, will immediately begin the search for the next Panthers head coach.
"We have the talent to get back on track in a hurry," Tallon said. "This was a difficult year for us, but I think we learned some tough lessons about what it takes to win consistently in the NHL. With a few tweaks to our roster and the right leadership, I'm confident we can get back to contending for the Stanley Cup next season."
from Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel,
If I own the Panthers, I hand the keys back to Dale Tallon. I pray he convinces Gerard Gallant to return as coach. I close my eyes and pretend this year never happened.
The Panthers delivered their traditional parting gift to a lost season Thursday night by having players take off game jerseys and hand them to fans. The braintrust that oversaw the train wreck this season did that jersey tradition one better.
They were undressed completely. Everyone can see, in retrospect, how the front office crushed this season with self-inflicted mistakes.
A year ago, the Panthers were an ascending NHL franchise by any regular-season measure — wins, points, division title, talented young players, blue-ribbon organization and that conversational metric of closest South Florida team to a title.
Then the Panthers’ owners, Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu, decided to “fix” their “problems.” Tallon, whose golden personnel decisions as GM built the team, was oddly kicked upstairs to the nebulous role of president of hockey operations. His roster was changed, his organization dismantled.
from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
Before Monday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, a plane circled BB&T Center in Sunrise towing the message: ‘Rowe must go! Call him a cab!’
The first part of the message is obvious; the second is in reference to former coach Gerard Gallant getting a cab outside Raleigh’s PNC Arena after he was fired and replaced by Rowe following a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 27.
It has become clear Rowe’s days as interim head coach of the Panthers are numbered.
Although Rowe previously said he would be interested in keeping the Florida coaching job full time although after this team’s downward spiral, it will not happen.
The Panthers have officially said they will discuss the situation once this season comes to a close on Sunday night.
On Monday, numerous sources told the Miami Herald Rowe would not return behind the bench.
The Bruins did win the game 5-2.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Disappointment in Florida
It did not help the Panthers that Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, and Nick Bjugstad were among the players who missed big chunks of time this season because of injuries. Still, injuries do not excuse a collective step back for a team that looked like it was going to sprint the other way. Aaron Ekblad was among the bigger disappointments, losing some of the blue-line presence and consistency that he showed in his first two NHL seasons. Ekblad was not done any favors by his coach, however, who acknowledged rushing the defenseman back from a concussion. Tom Rowe, who doubles as the GM, is considered an interim coach. The Panthers will be on the hunt for a permanent replacement behind the bench.
Quickening the pace
When it comes to game flow, one area that seems easy to target is post-icing play. Coaches encourage their players to try every trick in the book — feign confusion over who was on the ice, skate slowly to the other end, fidget with their equipment — to gain a few additional seconds to catch their breath. As soon as the linesmen are ready to drop the puck, they should do so, regardless of whether the icing team is set. Uncontested faceoffs and subsequent scoring chances would get every coach’s attention.
Below, watch a questionable hit from Emelin last night...
When the puck hits the guy in the head and not a stick from the opposition.
First a penalty, they huddled, still a penalty, they huddled again, no penalty.
from CBS Miami,
Florida Panthers President and CEO, Matthew Caldwell joined the Big O Show with Zach Krantz on 560 WQAM to discuss Florida’s back to back losses in Buffalo and Toronto, some of the upcoming events at the BB&T Center during Panthers games and the team’s search for a new head coach.
On the season so far- “Last year it felt like everything was going right for us and now this year it felt like everything went wrong.”
On tweaking the roster- “The fans are smart so you have to really look inside and make sure you’re making the right moves. With locking up the young guys, we tried our hardest to make this team competitive. It’s just about winning now. We want people to have a good experience. This season, it’s been tough. We’ve had flashes of brilliance this season.”
On the coaching search- “We said Tom Rowe would be the coach until the end of the season. We’ve had a lot of noise in the season this year. We want to get through the last six of games but rest assure we’ll make all announcements at the end of the year.”
listen to the thirteen minute interview...
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