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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Tallon is, above all else, a smart hockey man and one that isn’t afraid to pull the trigger on a deal. Maybe the best news of all is that Chicago, his old team, may be in the market to move a couple of warm bodies in the off-season because of a pending salary-cap crunch. With the cap space he has in Florida, and the hands-on knowledge of who makes a difference in the Chicago line-up, Tallon will be perfectly positioned to deal with his former understudy, the current Blackhawk GM Stan Bowman, if they need to dump salary in the offseason.
more on Tallon…
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
That sound you hear is the sound of about a dozen or more NHL general managers cheering, applauding for the hiring of Dale Tallon as the new GM of the Florida Panthers.
It’s not that they think Tallon’s a dope and will trade them Stephen Weiss or Nathan Horton for a song. It’s because Tallon was enormously popular as GM of the Chicago Blackhawks and most executives in the league believe he got a raw deal when he was dumped last summer by president John McDonough in favour of Scotty Bowman’s son, Stan.
via a Steve Gorten tweet,
Panthers will name Dale Tallon as their new general manager tommorrow
added 1:21pm, via Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,
It’s uncertain right now whether Randy Sexton will remain with the team in any capacity.
SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers announced today that Dale Tallon has been named the team’s new general manager, replacing Randy Sexton. Tallon will be introduced at a press conference at the BankAtlantic Center on Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we are thrilled and honored to open a new chapter in Florida Panthers franchise history with the hiring of Dale Tallon as general manager,” said Panthers managing partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel. “Dale brings with him a proven track record and an impressive franchise-building resume that we believe is the perfect fit for the future of the Panthers organization. We thank Randy Sexton for his service to our organization and appreciate his continued support throughout this transition process.”
“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I join the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “I would like to thank Managing Partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel, Alternate Governor Bill Torrey and President/COO Michael Yormark for giving me the opportunity to put my mark on this franchise. I look forward to getting to work and will immediately evaluate our club’s framework, as we diligently prepare for the upcoming draft and free agency signing period.”
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
It’s been one of those years for Keith Ballard—and like Randy Moller, he’s becoming a YouTube sensation.
In the first year of a six-year deal with the Panthers, this season has been filled with ups and downs for the Florida defenseman.
Tuesday, he had another one of those moments. Trying to clear the puck away from goalie Tomas Vokoun, Ballard went to swat the puck away and instead tossed the puck backward.
Keith Ballard with the ‘deflection’.
With a disappointing season winding down, tempers boiled over Tuesday at the Florida Panthers’ pre-game skate when forward Nathan Horton got into a heated exchange with assistant coach Mike Kitchen.
The two sides had to be separated by head coach Peter DeBoer. Horton then smashed his stick against the boards before leaving the ice.
The incident occurred after Horton was attempting to interfere with a drill that Kitchen was working on in the neutral zone with the team’s defencemen.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,
Winger David Booth spoke publicly this morning for the first time since suffering his second concussion on March 25 and was in good spirits. Booth said he’s probably going to take a month off — “that’s what I did last time and I really felt good” — and then slowly start exercising before “cranking it up” in July or August.
“There’s enough time over the summer to really recover and get my head where it needs to be,” Booth said.
Not just physically, but emotionally.
If Vokoun hits the trade block the Philadelphia Flyers would be amongst those very interested but they’ll have to move the equivalent of Vokoun’s $5.7 million cap hit for next season to comfortably fit him under their cap, plus would have to ensure they have sufficient cap space to re-sign him to a long-term extension.
-Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey. More rumor talk from Lyle.
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Panthers winger David Booth gingerly was helped off the ice Thursday after being hit flush in the jaw by Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek early in the second period.
Booth, who missed 45 games with a concussion after being knocked out by Philadelphia’s Mike Richards on Oct. 24, did not seem to lose consciousness after the hard hit.
added 9:01pm, Watch the video of the hit…
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
Netminders have obviously allowed goals from center ice or beyond before, as Vokoun did on Radim Vrbata’s( meek shot; but rarely are those goals allowed with 59.7 seconds left in the game and with that goalie’s team clinging to a one-goal lead.
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