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added 6:16pm, Rangers release is below...
SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers unveiled a new logo and uniforms at a special event at the BB&T Center on Thursday night. Panthers Chairman, Owner & Governor Vincent Viola and his son John Viola were on hand for the rebrand and addressed the fans at the event.
from Travis Yost of TSN,
To recap: the Panthers acquired 2014 first-round pick Jared McCann and two 2016 draft picks (a second and fourth-rounder) in exchange for Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick....
Let’s not forget that Florida added a 19-year-old centre and upgraded their fifth-round pick to a second-round pick and fourth-round pick. The incremental value in that pick swap in and of itself is big. Add in a productive young player who has already exhibited himself as a competent bottom-six talent and is locked in on a team-friendly $894,000 deal through 2017-18, and you have a great transaction.
Truthfully, it’s difficult to see what Vancouver sees in this deal. If the prize is Gudbranson, well, the prize is something like a third-pairing defender. And the premium they paid – a legitimate prospect and multiple picks – is, in a word, inexplicable.
Call it like it is: Florida took advantage of a team who egregiously misvalued a defenceman to once again win a trade in striking fashion.
Chris Johnston tweets,
Hearing the #canucks and #FlaPanthers are closing in on a trade. Believe prospect Jared McCann is part of it. Working on full details.
No salary retained on Erik Gudbranson in the trade to Vancouver.
added 9:17pm, TSN confirms....
from Dave Hyde of the SunSentinel,
South Florida is full of owners who learned the hard way that succeeding in sports is different than business. Ask Dolphins owner Steve Ross. Ask the Marlins' Jeffrey Loria. Ask H. Wayne Huizenga. Ask the previously failed Panthers owners.
Heat owner Micky Arison was the only local owner who immediately made the best move any team owner can. He hired the best person possible to pick his players and build his franchise.
Did the Panthers just diminish the role of their Pat Riley?
This should be an offseason of great hope for the Panthers. Instead, it's now weighed down with a question of recent days. It's not what Tallon's diminished role is or who Rowe is.
The question starts here: Does Vinnie Viola know what he's doing?
via Harvey Fialkov and Keven Lerner of the SunSentinel,
The Florida Panthers continued their front-office shakeup by firing director of player personnel Scott Luce, according to a source.
Luce, a longtime member of the Panthers' scouting department, was let go by the team on Sunday night after reportedly meeting with newly promoted general manager Tom Rowe in Canada earlier in the day.
Luce was responsible for the Panthers drafting several top players, including Aleksander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson, Jonathan Huberdeau and Dmitry Kulikov.
Luce spent 14 years with the Panthers after after joining the club’s scouting staff on July 11, 2002. He previously served as the team's director of scouting.
In recent weeks, the Panthers have restructured their front office. In addition to naming Rowe general manager, former general manager Dale Tallon was promoted to president of hockey operations while Eric Joyce and Steve Werier were named co-assistant general managers.
Outsiders have expressed surprise over the front-office shake-up coming on the heels of the franchise's best regular season ever.
SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers announced today that Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon has been promoted to President of Hockey Operations, and that Associate General Manager Tom Rowe has been promoted to General Manager. Tallon will continue to oversee all aspects of hockey operations in this role including scouting, player acquisition and development.
Hey, I’ve got no problem with owners picking whom they want running their hockey team. Just seems odd timing-wise, given the success of this past season, a division title, plus the overall rebuilding effort under Tallon. The veteran hockey man has done incredible work since arriving in South Florida in 2010.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the on-going changes in Florida. Read more on that plus other topics.
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