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Panthers GM Tallon promises changes, coach stays for now

Nov 6, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

Head coach Kevin Dineen signals goaltender Jacob Markstrom #25 (not pictured) of the Florida Panthers to come off the ice for an extra attacker late in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers at the BB&T Center on November 5, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. The Oilers defeated the Panthers 4-3 in overtime.
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The Florida Panthers entered this season with aspirations of competing or at least taking a notable step forward after posting the worst record in the NHL last season. Instead they have lost six straight games to drop to 3-8-4.

Their 4-3 overtime defeat against the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday prompted a late night management meeting that included Panthers GM Dale Tallon and minority owner Doug Cifu, according to the Miami Herald.

It’s clear the front office is unhappy with the state of the Panthers, but head coach Kevin Dineen still has a job for the moment.

“There will be changes though,” Tallon said outside the arena. “I don’t make rash decisions. None of us are happy. I have to fix this and I will. We’re better than this.”

The Panthers are about to begin a three-game road trip that involves contests against Boston, Ottawa, and the New York Rangers.

  1. jwalsh217 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    You’ve got to feel for the front office guys down there. The team has had a losing culture for a long time and it’s going to be tough to turn that around. Plus they consistently lose money and always seem to be on a tight budget.

    • panthers96 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Panthers don’t lose money. The team is made to look as if it loses money. Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, the main organization, is making money hand over fist. Its something we’re good at here in South Florida. Just ask the Miami Marlins how its done.

  2. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    What the hell is a new coach gonna do. Their in a rebuild and need to collect them draft picks. They don’t have the talent yet to be good. They got great prospects and rookies that’ll eventually make them good in a few years. Until then there it’s gonna be a rough road ahead of them. Never understood why GM’s and other people act surprised when a team is horrible while there in a rebuild. Losing comes with it unfortunately.

    • panthers96 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:47 AM

      Organization has been in rebuild mode since 2003.

  3. wingz101 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    The Panthers have to be patient with their young guys (three top 4 picks over the last four year) but they really need to upgrade the bottom of that roster and maybe the defense.

    What is killing them is those drafts between 2001-2009 all the best players from those drafts are playing elsewhere.

  4. mshantz22 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Their real problem is defense/goaltending. They have some good youth with Barkov and Huberdeau, but their defense is lacking past their top pair. Also, their goaltending consists of a very inconsistent 23 year old, perennial 35 year old backup and an injury-prone 39 year old in a comeback season. Before they are able to be successful, the Florida panthers will have to find themselves a relatively cons

    • mshantz22 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      *consistent goaltender.

  5. justinhbhb - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I don’t have a problem with teams in “non traditional” locations. But these teams don’t have the history like Montreal and Toronto for people to come regardless of team performance. With that being said, a team like Florida can’t expect to increase revenues and media coverage when it can’t even put out a competitive team!!

    • slysipops - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      there are more CANADIANS living in FLORIDA than you might believe!

  6. joey4id - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    What does it say about a front office who gives 3.75 mil to an end of life goalie who hasn’t played in a year? These sorts of decisions are telling of the root cause oft he problem.

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Timmy was brought in as a rentel goalie for a year. They had the cap space and they need a goalie like hmi to teach young markstrom the ropes of being a starter at this level. There was nothing wrong with signing him for that much. Its one year

  7. bleedingteal4life - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Somebody’s gotta lose, might as well be these guys… Especially now that buffalo is winning 😛. Even if it was a cheap undeserved win.

  8. canucks30 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    The Panthers have been rebuilding for 18 years

    • hubeydubeydoo11 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Up until last year the panthers had never been at the bottom of the NHL since they were inducted in the league. They’ve come close but it doesnt excuse them from letting so many good draft picks walk away to play elsewhere in the early 2000’s

  9. alicesrightfootesq - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    If you want a sports franchise that consistently wins, you’ve got to have stable and confident ownership. It’s pretty safe to say that the Panthers, perhaps until now, have never had that.

  10. slysipops - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    hey DALE , TOOTOO is available….. he might be an asprin for part of the headache

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