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GM Dale Tallon inks multi-year extension with Panthers

Jun 6, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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One of the men responsible for putting the Panthers back in the playoffs is getting rewarded for his efforts.

General Manager Dale Tallon signed a multi-year extension with the team today to continue his reign in South Florida. Tallon says he’s happy to stay in town and keep working on bringing the Panthers into respectability.

“I’m excited,” said Tallon Wednesday. “This is a great opportunity to keep the franchise on the right path. We had a good season and I just want to build on this past season the next couple of years.”

While Tallon assembled a team loaded with veterans to make their run into the playoffs this season, the future is very bright in Florida. According to prospect site Hockey’s Future, the Panthers have the top collection of prospects in the league. Being bad for a long time is only good if you can draft right and the Panthers appear to have done that. Tallon’s job might not be quite so hard in the years to come.

  1. scottfmullin - Jun 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    He’s one of the best at what he does. He should win the GM of the Year award in Vegas.

    • govtminion - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      There’s something to be said for that. He took a team that spent a decade on the outside of the playoff bubble and in one year transformed it into a team that competed to the wire for the division title (yes, I know, Southeast, but still). He may not win the award, but he at least deserves a look for it.

  2. jbrunnels - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    A lot was made of the number of players the Blackhawks weren’t able to re-sign due to salary cap issues after their Cup run, but the single biggest loss for the organization was John McDonough wanting a name (Bowman, and there all he did was get a son) and not a lunch-pail guy like Tallon as GM. Tallon gave the organization 20+ years of his service in varying capacities, and was told to not let the door hit him on the way out. Here’s to hoping he gets the Panthers a Cup, and hoping he beats the Blackhawks to do it.

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