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Competition For Spots In Florida

from Dale Tallon at FloridaPanthers.com,

If you look at our defense right now, in front of Tomas Vokoun and Scott Clemmensen, we have Bryan McCabe, Bryan Allen, Dennis Wideman, Dmitry Kulikov, Jason Garrison, Nathan Paetsch and Mike Weaver, all competing for regular playing time. They could also be pushed in camp by players such as rookie Erik Gudbranson, youngsters Keaton Ellerby and Colby Robak, and new signing Joe Callahan.

The fact is, as head coach Pete DeBoer has said even before I got here in May, we need to cultivate a competitive environment where every player feels the pressure to perform and earn their position – from first line center down to a fourth line checking forward.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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Golf On Tallon’s Mind This Weekend

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun at the Montreal Gazette,

Dale Tallon, the general manager of the Florida Panthers and the very first draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, has had a lifelong love affair with golf.

This week, Tallon gets to tee it up with some of the world’s best senior golfers at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Golf Club near Seattle.

Before heading to Sahalee, he talked about his game with Postmedia News reporter Brad Ziemer:

Postmedia: Is it true you almost didn’t bother going to your qualifier for the U.S. Senior Open?

Tallon: Yeah, I had just gone through a busy six weeks since taking over as GM in Florida and hadn’t played much golf. Fortunately, I had a 9:50 tee time as opposed to the normal 7:50. My wife said, ‘Why don’t you just go for a walk anyway’ and I had made arrangements for a kid to caddy for me and I didn’t want to let him down. So I went out there and after making a bunch of pars I birdied six and birdied eight and then I three-putted nine and bogeyed 10 and thought, here we go. But I made birdie on 11 and made a bunch of pars coming in.

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Florida/Chicago Trade

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired C Marty Reasoner from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for C Jeff Taffe.

“We are very pleased to have acquired Marty,” said Tallon. “He is a hard working, veteran center who is good on face-offs and can be counted upon to play in all game situations. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”

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Florida Shows Up On The NHL Map

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Remember when both Florida teams were gong shows? Well, with Steve Yzerman in Tampa and Dale Tallon taking over as general manager in Florida, those days are gone.

Now, add into the recipe that there is no state tax in Florida, travel in the Eastern Conference is vastly superior to the West, and of course, the family is always happy to relocate to the kind of neighborhood where a millionaire in Florida might live, and you get quotes like this one from Simon Gagne:

“Tampa Bay was a team I was more than willing to waive my no-trade for,” Gagne said. “I really like the direction the team is headed in with a solid owner, Steve Yzerman as GM and coach (Guy) Boucher.”

When is the last time you heard a player say THAT about the Lightning? Give Tallon some time in Florida, and they’ll be talking that way about the Panthers as well.

Sunshine, the beach, low taxes, zero media scrutiny… It is just another example of why teams in Canada had better draft well, because landing big-name free agents is getting tougher and tougher.

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Panthers Go Back In Time

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

By bringing back two original member of their franchise Tuesday, the Panthers dipped into their past in hopes for a brighter future.

General manager Dale Tallon and coach Pete DeBoer announced the hiring of Gord Murphy and Brian Skrudland, original members of the Panthers. Murphy, a defenseman who played six seasons in Florida, will be an assistant coach under DeBoer, joining Jim Hulton and Robb Tallas. Skrudland, the first Panthers captain, will become the team’s director of player development and will be involved in helping mold the team’s prospects on and off the ice.

Tallon added that it was important for the Panthers to realize things always haven’t been bleak hockey-wise in South Florida.

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Higgins Heading To Florida

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Higgins not signed yet in Florida but he’s agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million. Paperwork still being finalized

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Panthers Have Cash, Will They Spend It?

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

“I don’t know how aggressive we’re going to be, but we’re going to try to get better and find players who make sense for us at this time,’’ said general manager Dale Tallon, whose team has 17 NHL regulars under contract for next season.

“I don’t think we’re going after the top guys, but good guys that can help us and not affect our future.’‘

The Panthers were about $7 million under the salary cap last season and are currently about $12 million under this year’s cap of $59.4 million. Florida still needs to sign a couple of its restricted free agents, but are said to have a budget under what was spent last season.

So, even thought the Panthers are flush with cash under the cap, that doesn’t mean they are going to spend it.

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Now That The Draft Is Over

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

A few random thoughts from Day 2 of the sleepiest NHL entry drafts of all time:

Short term, you’d have to concede that the Boston Bruins are the most improved team since the end of the season, given that they landed arguably the best or second-best prospect in the draft - Tyler Seguin - Friday night; and added a potential point-per-game player in Nathan Horton earlier in the week….

Long-term though, the big winners over the weekend was unquestionably the Panthers, a team in need of a major overhaul. GM Dale Tallon, in his first month on the job, began the process by moving out Horton earlier in the week and then traded defenceman Keith Ballard to the Vancouver Canucks Friday night.

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High Marks For Tallon

I am back safely from Las Vegas and I am sure I will feel some jet-lag tomorrow, so may as well post some stories while I am still on Vegas time…

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

New GM Dale Tallon continued his overhaul of the Florida Panthers, and for the second time in a week, I really like the trade he’s pulled off.

For starters, just getting Keith Ballard’s five-year, $21 million deal off the books is a major coup.

A GM from one of the several Western Conference teams that spoke with Florida about Ballard on Friday couldn’t look past the contract. “That’s just too much money for my liking,” said the GM.

Tallon has now divested himself of two big contracts in Ballard and Nathan Horton.

Friday’s deal, which still wasn’t officially announced pending league approval, will see prospect Victor Oreskovich also go to Vancouver for winger Steve Bernier, forward Michael Grabner and a first-round pick.

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