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The Time Has To Be Now For The Florida Panthers

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.


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I have been following the Panthers since day one. The big difference with Tallon from previous GMs is he actually did have a plan and stuck to it. He drafted, traded for and stockpiled prospects. Never has the Panthers had so much young talent. Barkov, Bjugstad, Trocheck, Pirri, Shore, Grimaldi all great young centermen, not to mention Huberdeau who plays wing. On defense Gudbranson, Olsen, Petrovic, Robak, Matheson, Weegar and Kulikov (drafted by GM Sexton) the Panthers need a goal scorer. They may draft one, they may trade for one, they may go the UFA route or all of the above. Just adding Matt Moulson or Mike Cammalleri would make a huge difference. Panthers need a proven goal scorer to lead this very young team. I can attest to the previous GMs calling for patience, the difference is Dale Tallon actually collected and allowed his young players some time to develop. The Panthers with Gerard Gallant and this young talented group should be an exciting team to watch these next few years. Dale Tallon is the best thing to happen to Panthers fans since Wayne Huizenga bought us a team.

Posted by Puckbubba on 06/26/14 at 09:51 AM ET

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