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Panthers’ Tallon eyes Draft to Rebuild Team

From the Miami Herald’s George Richards:

With the type of season the Florida Panthers went through last year, coach Pete DeBoer said one would have to expect plenty of changes.

Since finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference and last in the Southeast Division for the first time in franchise history, the Panthers brought in a general manager not afraid to shake things up.

You want change? Dale Tallon is ready to bring it.

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redxblack's avatar

Let’s hope he picks up Brian Campbell again at $7m a year.

How did this guy get a job with another team?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/24/10 at 01:12 PM ET


How did this guy get a job with another team?

Well, he pretty much built the team that won the Stanley Cup, didn’t he?

Posted by Garth on 06/24/10 at 02:50 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

The same way Shero did it - a couple overpriced free agents and a few years of premium draft picks. Now that they have won it all, they are at the cap and six players short of a full roster.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 06/24/10 at 04:08 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Honestly… if Tallon didn’t botch the RFA qualifiers, he’d still be in CHI and people would be celebrating him and what he did.

Instead, he took the fall for, let’s face it, the entire org dropping the ball.

Posted by Primis on 06/25/10 at 12:17 AM ET


The same way Shero did it - a couple overpriced free agents and a few years of premium draft picks

???  The only pick Shero made that was premium draft pick was the #2 Staal selection.  What overpriced free agents did he sign?  He didn’t go out and spend 7+ million on a Brian Campbell player.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 06/25/10 at 10:42 AM ET

Moq's avatar

Tallon may have botched the RFA qualifiers, though I don’t think that the RFA’s in question were vastly overpaid as a result of the mistake. Every dollar saved would have helped Chicago in their current situation, but the qualifiers wasn’t the primary reason for the problems. Signing players like Huet and Campbell to “core contracts” when more important and younger core players had to be extended within a short period of time was the primary mistake.

He seems like a competent drafter and builder to me, so I think that the Panthers made the right choice. Hopefully, he’s learned his financial lesson and avoids repetition.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 06/25/10 at 11:10 AM ET

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