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The Tallon Plan

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Tallon is the seventh Panthers GM this decade to claim he has the tools to build a Stanley Cup champion. He’s the first with such a recent blueprint.

That’s why the longest-tenured Panther, Stephen Weiss, didn’t hesitate when Tallon phoned him in early June asking if he wanted to stay.

“He told me he’s here for the long term like he had in Chicago and that ‘we’re going to do the same thing here,’” said Weiss, a Panther since 2001, a year after the team’s last playoff appearance. “I told him absolutely, this is where I want to be.’‘

Weiss’ longtime teammate Nathan Horton had a different response to Tallon’s question, and was soon traded to the Bruins.

Tallon’s philosophy sounds a lot like another South Florida builder, Bill Parcells, who recently stepped down as the Dolphins’ architect, but remains a consultant for the team. Both believe that the draft is the key to success, and then surround the youngsters with veteran mentors who are tough, passionate and filled with character.

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Panthers Can’t Reach Agreement With Gudbranson

from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel,

In a surprising turn the Panthers could not come to terms on an entry-level contract for 18-year-old Erik Gudbranson, the overall third pick of the draft, his agent Mark Guy confirmed in a text.

Panthers coach Pete DeBoer has raved about the 6-foot-4 Gudbranson from day one. He was outstanding throughout the preseason in which he played all six games.

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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).

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Nylander Now In The Panthers Organization

from Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,

The Florida Panthers have found their replacement in Rochester for injured center Mark Cullen, thanks to the Washington Capitals.

Center Michael Nylander has been loaned to the Panthers/Amerks.

It’s a significant move because the Panthers will be paying most or all of Nylander’s $3 million salary.

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thanks to PuckDaddy for the pointer

added 3:16pm, from Craig Custance tweet,

Also told that Nylander has been loaned to play in Rochester, but Panthers are NOT picking up his salary. Just a straight loan deal

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Tropical Storm Cancels NHL Exhibition Game

NEW YORK (September 28, 2010)—The National Hockey League announced today that the pre-season game between the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 29 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. has been canceled due to the threat of severe weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Nicole.

      “We felt that it was in the best interest and safety of our fans, our players and the Carolina Hurricanes to cancel Wednesday’s game due to the threat of the impending tropical storm,” said Panthers Executive Vice President/General Manager Dale Tallon.

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The Bolts Beat, 09/27/10: The Gang Talks Preseason Games, Cuts, Suspensions, Fantasy Hockey & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran cover the Lightning’s recent preseason road trip, roster moves made thereafter, NHL discipline issues (including the recent Nick Boynton/Blair Jones incident), predictions for how Tampa Bay’s final roster may end up, fantasy hockey strategy and Jon (of course) continues his New York Jets elation, much to the dismay of Mike and fellow contributor, Tampa Bay Lightning.com’s Mark Pukalo.

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Vokoun Wants Results This Season

from the CP at The Hockey News,

The buzz around the Florida Panthers is all about the future and the sharp young prospects in camp, but veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun only wants to talk about now.

The 34-year-old has had three strong seasons as a Panther, but has yet to perform for them in the post-season. That’s because Florida, which labours to score goals, has missed the playoffs the last nine years in a row.

‘‘We have a lot of good young players, but no player goes into the season thinking about how we’ll be good in three years—you worry about the season you’re playing,’’ Vokoun said Monday as he prepared to face the Montreal Canadiens, the team that drafted him 226th overall in 1994.

‘‘For me, it’s more about what we do today and tomorrow, not how it’s going to look five years from now. We had some good players on this team in the past, high draft picks, and the results didn’t come. Nothing’s guaranteed. Obviously for us it’s time to show it, not to talk.’‘

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Lightning Roster Cuts Narrow Down Battles at Forward and on Defense

With 21 cuts announced on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Lightning are left with 28 players in training camp. While nothing is certain, it appears there are six players vying for three roster spots at forward and three in the mix for the seventh and eighth slots on the defensive depth chart, with goaltender Cedrick Desjardins remaining with the big club, while Mike Smith recovers from an injury to his right ring finger.

Barring anything drastic, which would be a major surprise at this point, it looks like ten forwards can be penciled in to remain with the Bolts come opening night. In that group, I have Sean Bergenheim, Steve Downie, Simon Gagne, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Dominic Moore, Teddy Purcell, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Nate Thompson. On defense, six men appear to have a spot on the Lightning blueline out of the gate: Brett Clark, Victor Hedman, Randy Jones, Pavel Kubina, Mike Lundin and Mattias Ohlund.

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Pieces In Place For Panthers

from Dale Tallon at Panthers.com,

We know it can be done here. Talk to Director of Player Development Brian Skrudland or Assistant Coach Gord Murphy – both original Panthers – and they’ll tell you about the mid-90s when the Panthers won, and subsequently owned the town.

We want to bring that feeling back, as quickly as possible, and this Training Camp is just another step toward that goal. The puck has dropped and the evaluation process has truly begun.

During the offseason, it’s easy to envision where everyone will fit. It’s during the offseason when every piece fits neatly together, and forms a team that plays well, plays hard, and accomplishes our goals of making the playoffs and contending for the Stanley Cup this year, and into the future. But once the puck drops, that’s when you see what people are made of, what their true colors are, and how the pieces really fall in to place.

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Caps are Still the Caps, Which is Bad News for Everyone Else

Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)

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