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Florida Names Tom Rowe GM Effectively

Dale Tallon has been a pretty successful general manager in Florida.  He brought the team into their first playoff berth since 2012.  His team seems likely to stay in the playoffs for the next few years.  Tallon is 65 years old and wants to transition into retirement.  He will be the president of hockey operations in Florida.  Promoted to GM is Tom Rowe. 

Tom Rowe was not on any shortlist of people likely to become a GM.  He appears to be a placeholder GM who will keep the seat warm and follow through with Tallon's plans.  He is a surrogate for Tallon to keep power while slowing down to transition into retirement.  Officially he is the team's associate GM and they have no official GM.  

Rowe has an extensive history as a coach.  He has coached the Lowell Loch Monsters, Albany River Rats, San Antonio Rampage and Portland Pirates in the AHL.  He was an AHL head coach before taking over as associate GM.  He has an NHL assistant coaching history with the Carolina Hurricanes.  He coached the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL.  None of this history is in the management side of hockey.  It is all coaching and there is no head coaching experience at the NHL level.

Dale Tallon is the Florida GM except on paper.  Tom Rowe appears to be his puppet.  Tallon doesn't have to do all the day-to-day drudgery of his job but he still makes the major decisions.  Tom Rowe will do the parts of the job that Tallon no longer wants to do.  What happens if there is disagreement between Tallon and Rowe?  Does Rowe have any power to set the direction of the Panthers? Will Tallon step back from from managing the team leaving a void beneath him?  It looks like this move could lead to problems in Florida.  At best, Florida has changed nothing significant and Tallon holds the power despite what things say on paper.  Tom Rowe does not seem to have the experience to be a general manager.  Perhaps he could be an NHL coach.

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Florida Names Tom Rowe GM Effectively

As opposed to ineffectively

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/08/16 at 08:58 PM ET

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How about “Blogger Writes Ineffectively”?

Posted by Garth on 05/08/16 at 09:37 PM ET

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