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Tallon Resumes Control Of Hockey Operations For Florida Panthers

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After Being “Promoted” During the Off-Season, Dale Tallon Is Put Back In Charge.

Under Dale Tallon and Gerard Gallant, the Florida Panthers finished the 2015-2016 season with a record of 47-26-9, their best in franchise history, as well as their first playoff birth in 4 seasons. Despite losing in the first round of the playoffs, with well run team and a young roster, things seemed to be heading in the right direction for the Panthers. Then everything seemed to start falling apart.

Despite building a young roster set to compete for years to come, which includes future core pieces Aleksander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad, and Jonathan Huberdeau, and successfully trading for veterans Roberto Loungo and Jaromir Jagr, the Panthers moved Tallon to an executive position, replacing him at the general manager position with Tom Rowe. The Panthers called the move a promotion, saying he can focus on more big picture things, instead of negotiating contracts, making trades, drafting, etc. (Areas that he has thrived at in Florida and with the Chicago Blackhawks.)

The odd moves kept coming, however, when the Panthers fired Gallant just over a month into the 2016-17 NHL season. While the team wasn’t playing at a high level, Gallant was coming off the teams best season in franchise history, and is loved by his players and throughout the hockey world. Rowe would replace him, and so far the results have been underwhelming. The Panthers are 2-3-3 under Rowe, but are still well within reach of a playoff spot come April, but will have to start to turn things around. And they are going back to a familiar face to help them do just that.

The Panthers are giving Tallon control of day-to-day operations once again, in hopes he can help them get back to their success from the previous season, which they already had before pushing out Tallon and Gallant. According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Panthers are not going to make any drastic changes this season, meaning Rowe will most likely stay as head coach, but they are likely to add some players in hopes of turning things around.