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"I wasn't fired because of analytics. I loved coaching the Florida Panthers and I'm a stubborn guy at times; maybe I said a little too much, maybe I gave my opinion a little bit too much. Maybe when they asked for my opinion, I have an honest opinion and sometimes it doesn't help you. Maybe it wasn't always what they wanted to hear. I don't know where it went from there ..."
-Gerard Gallant to Piere LeBrun of ESPN. More on and from Gallant.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The response I got to Gallant's firing from team executives and coaches around the league was a universal shaking of the head. A coach who was nominated for the Jack Adams Award last season is gone just 22 games into the 2016-17 campaign -- while his team is over .500 and has battled key injuries since the get-go.
The fact that photos surfaced of Gallant having to hail his own cab in Raleigh, N.C., after being told he was fired -- well, that just adds to the level of outrage for many.
I suspect that Gallant knew from the moment former GM Dale Tallon was "promoted'' to president of hockey operations last spring that he was on the clock. Gallant had been Tallon's coach. And now Tallon had been punted from the day-to-day hockey decision-making.
You can't fire a coach right after he's been nominated for coach of the year, can you? But the Panthers canned Gallant. For no justifiable reason.
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel at Miami Herald,
The Florida Panthers fired coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday night and general manager Tom Rowe will assume the coaching duties, according to a source.
The move was made Sunday night after the Panthers' 3-2 loss at Carolina. The Panthers fell to 11-10-1 through 22 games, good for only 10th in the Eastern Conference, but just two points out of a wild-card playoff berth.
Gallant confirmed via text that he and longtime friend and assistant coach Mike Kelly had been fired.
Phone calls to Rowe, assistant co-general manager Steve Werier and president of hockey operations Dale Tallon haven't been returned. Bill Torrey, the Panthers special advisor to Rowe and alternate governor, was unaware of the changes as he was tending to a personal matter.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,
"You’d like to have your team back as a coach but at the same time there’s salary-cap issues that come into play,’’ Gallant said. “It’s different than it used to be before. I definitely was a little bit surprised but overall we got a pretty good club. You put it on the board and you’re pretty excited.’’
Gallant, who watched development camp from the sidelines with his new assistants, Dave Barr and Scott Allen, said he’s not overally concerned about incorporating four new defensemen into the lineup.
“I wanted us to be a better team and we are going to be a better team,’’ he said. “On paper I think we are but you got to do it on the ice. There’s some good players we signed. They’re puck-moving guys and skilled guys.
"Let’s put it together and see what happens. I’m not taking anything away from last year’s 103-points. We were a really good team that took big steps. We got to be better again.’’
GALLANT, RUFF AND TROTZ VOTED JACK ADAMS AWARD FINALISTS
NEW YORK (May 5, 2016) – Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards, hosted by actor Will Arnett, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with Head Coach Gerard Gallant. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to agree with Gerard on a multi-year extension,” Tallon said. “He has done an excellent job of creating a winning culture and developing our young players in his time with the Panthers. He is an ideal fit for our group and we look forward to having him lead our team as we work towards our goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
from Louis Jean of TVA Sports,
They have the fourth best defense in the National Hockey League behind Chicago, St. Louis and Anaheim. They also equip the fifth best record 5 against 5 ... Only Nashville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and St. Louis have done better. Who is he?
If you guessed the Florida Panthers hat!
In just 10 games, one of the worst teams in the league last year has greatly improved. Is it a coincidence that it coincides with the arrival of head coach Gerard Gallant?
"It will be a long season," said Gallant laughing on the phone, in Philadelphia, in an interview with TVA Sports.
"He's an 18-year-old kid and we know he's going to be a great hockey player. But this is a big step. A lot of people can attest that playing defense at 18 in the NHL means you have to be a special player. We're going to go game-by-game and see how he gets along. We're not going to rush anyone.''
-Gerard Gallant, head coach of the Florida Panthers on #1 pick Aaron Ekblad. More on Ekblad from George Richards of On Frozen Pond.
The Florida Panthers nearly stole the spotlight away from the Wings and Leafs during HBO's 24/7 series, and of the Atlantic Division's non-playoff teams I'd argue that the franchise may be a Phoenix Coyotes East off the ice (their financial situation is quite the mess), but on the ice, the Panthers have the greatest chance of serving as not only a playoff spoiler for their Eastern Conference opponents, but also a potential playoff-qualifying team.
NHL.com's "30 in 30" series profiles the Pantehrs today, and they note that Dale Tallon was predictably aggressive in improving the Panthers' roster over the past half-year, trading for Roberto Luongo and signing Jussi Jokinen, Willie Mitchell and another former Blackhawk (the Panthers have more than a few players from Tallon's previous employer's team) in David Bolland; they note that the Panthers' top prospect, Aaron Ekblad, is probably NHL-ready, and of course the Panthers hired a new coaching staff headlined by Gerard Gallant, too...
And in addition to discussing Ekblad's would-be defensive partners and "5 Questions" that the team faces going into the 14-15 season, NHL.com's Alain Poupart engages in a conversation with Tallon that, let's say involves personnel moves which allow more substantive, "We aren't that far off" talk than what was issued by Saturday's profiled team:
from Jim Day of The Guardian,
Gerard “Turk’’ Gallant is guzzling a can of Zero Coke mid-morning moments after entering his home on the outskirts of Summerside.
He will likely have tossed back four sodas by day’s end, well down from the 10 or so daily pops he would drink during his playing days in the National Hockey League.
He has never been one for tea or coffee.
Gallant, 50, washed down a breakfast of steak and eggs with chocolate milk while speaking with The Guardian about his long career in hockey that now sees him readying for the 2014-15 NHL season as the Florida Panthers new head coach.
His tasteful personal hockey shrine in the room he describes as the “one we are never in’’ offers a snapshot of an impressive run in professional hockey that spans three decades and counting.
The press conference to introduce Gerard Gallant as the Florida Panthers head coach is scheduled to start at 11:00am ET.
Watch it below...
from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Gerard Gallant has been named the club’s new head coach.
“We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach. Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team.”
Doug MacLean, who has known Gallant since the age of eight, also believes the above. MacLean mentioned this on Sportsnet radio today.
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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The Florida Sun-Sentinel's Harvey Filakov reports two important items regarding the Florida Panthers' coaching and draft plans.
First, Filakov reports that the Panthers will interview former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma before circling back to a set of coaches who will speak with the Panthers' new ownership regarding their coaching philosophies...
The Panthers coaching search will pick up steam this week as six front-runners for the vacancy, including fired Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, will meet with the team's brain-trust in New York City, according to a team source.
Other than Bylsma, the other five leading candidates have all met or spoke to General Manager Dale Tallon, but now will also sit down with the team's co-owners, Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu, as well as CEO/President Rory Babich.
Those repeaters are believed to be Ron Wilson, Canadiens' assistant Gerard Gallant, former Stanley Cup — winning coach Marc Crawford, and Red Wings' assistants Tom Renney and Bill Peters.
While Filakov continues at significant length regarding the coaching search and the Panthers' hopes that they can land one of Brooks Orpik or Matt Niskanen if Bylsma joins the Panthers, this tidbit about the Panthers' draft plans is a wee bit more newsworthy:
via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Gerard Gallant is expected to be named an assistant coach with the Canadiens on Friday.
Gallant has informed the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs that he won’t be back next season.
Gallant, a former NHL player who has NHL head-coaching experience with the Columbus Blue Jackets, won the Memorial Cup with the Sea Dogs last year.