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Aaron Ekblad was mic'd up on draft day including hearing his name called as the #1 pick by the Florida Panthers.
The Florida Panthers will have an array of options when it comes to the first-overall selection in tonight's NHL Draft.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the Panthers are considering a number of trade options for the pick, including those from teams picking outside of the top 10 selections.
Many of those offers are believed to be centred around current NHL players.
Dreger adds that the Panthers do not plan on making their decision on whether to trade the top pick on the draft floor, and therefore will likely make a decision prior to the kick-off of the first round.
The Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers are also both content staying at second and third overall, respectively, according to Dreger.
from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald,
It’s a big and exciting week for our forgotten franchise, for all the wrong reasons. The Florida Panthers have introduced a new head coach and are now preparing to make the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday — both of those things indicators of what you have been more so than where you’re headed.
Successful clubs don’t change coaches, let alone as consistently as this one does.
Winning teams don’t keep getting the loser’s consolation of high draft choices.
“We can’t keep drafting in the front,” general manager Dale Tallon said by phone Wednesday from the draft site in Philadelphia. “I want to be picking 30th, 29th. We’ve got to turn the tide. I realize we have to start turning the corner, and do it now.”
Beleaguered Cats fans have been hearing the same thing, in some form, from somebody, for seemingly forever. How long can you claim urgency? How long can you ask for patience?
With this club, the future is always now, but somehow it never gets here.
The press conference to introduce Gerard Gallant as the Florida Panthers head coach is scheduled to start at 11:00am ET.
Watch it below...
from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Gerard Gallant has been named the club’s new head coach.
“We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach. Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team.”
Doug MacLean, who has known Gallant since the age of eight, also believes the above. MacLean mentioned this on Sportsnet radio today.
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.”
continue for more draft talk...
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.
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