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from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,
A brief survey of NHL execs suggests that the Florida Panthers might get off the No. 1 pick in the draft, but they won’t get off it for anything along the lines of a much-floated rumour out there: the Leafs’ No. 8 pick, plus defenceman Jake Gardiner and centre Nazem Kadri. The way the scenario goes (at least in the imagination of Leafs’ brass and ardent fans), Toronto would use the pick on Barrie defenceman Aaron Ekblad and thus have a first-pair right-hand shot at the point for a generation.
Said one senior exec: “I get the sense that [the No. 1 pick] is out there. [Pathers GM] Dale Tallon has all kinds of young players in the organization and wants to make the playoffs sooner rather than later. Still, Kadri in the package won’t get it done. JVR [LW James van Riemsdyk] might if he’s with the pick and Gardiner… or he might not. Tallon will wait it out to see what the best offer is. It’s a big one to sit tight and close on the floor but I wouldn’t rule it out.”
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Former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma is one of six finalists for the Florida Panthers head coaching vacancy.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed the list of finalists to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger at the general manger meetings in New York on Wednesday.
The other leading candidates are Ron Wilson, Canadiens' assistant Gerard Gallant, Red Wings assistants Bill Peters and Tom Renney as well as former Dallas Stars head coach Marc Crawford.
Also, Harvery Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel tweeted earlier he has heard the new coach will be announced on Monday.
"I'm saying one time per game, one goal, one time per coach. That's it. It's not going to happen that often.
"Let's get it right."
-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers on a coaches challenge on goalie interference and offside. More on what Tallon is up to these days from Damien Cox of The Spin.
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Add veteran NHL coach Ron Wilson to the growing list of candidates lining up for a crack at the Panthers' vacant head coaching job, according to a team source.
And apparently there's more to come as the source indicated that the Panthers may wait until as late as June 23 or the end of the AHL Calder Cup Finals for a chance to interview Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins as well as Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens, who's a tad busy in the Stanley Cup Finals until possibly June 18.
Wilson was interviewed by General Manager Dale Tallon earlier this week as was Canadiens assistant Gerard Gallant, who has helped guide the Habs to two consecutive playoff berths.
Tallon has already met with former Stanley Cup-winning Avalance coach Marc Crawford as well as Red Wings assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters, who Tallon hired to coach the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL when he was the Blackhawks GM.
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* At this point in time the Rangers are no longer the underdog to win The Cup.
* Matter of fact, the Blueshirts go in as the favorites over either Chicago of L.A.
* Look at it this way; New York has the top goalie; more depth on defense; and four balanced lines.
* What's more, the Rangers fourth line, paced by the Comeback Kid, Dom Moore, is better than any fourth line on the Kings or Hawks.
* Tom Renney is my choice as head coach of the Panthers.
* Trouble is that I have no idea who's Dale Tallon's pick.
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from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
As the Stanley Cup playoffs proceed without the Panthers for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons, big decisions are looming for the franchise regarding who to select at No. 1 in the NHL Entry Draft in late June as well as which free-agent difference-makers to pursue beginning on July 1.
But first things first. Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon and co-owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu must decide whether or not to remove the interim tag from coach Peter Horachek or begin a coaching search to find the right fit for a young team.
Tallon said that decision will be made in early May at organizational meetings after he returns from Finland where he's scouting prospects in the International Hockey Men's Under-18 World Championship.
The Florida Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday.
As the 29th place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.
The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish. The Sabres will pick second.
The draft will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center, with the Philadelphia Flyers as host.
I’m disappointed in the year, I’m disappointing in a lot of things. I’m moving forward. We’re going to fix it.
We’ve got great support now from Vinnie Viola and we’re going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to.”
-Dale Tallon, GM of the Florida Panthers. Much more from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel.
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