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G.M. Journal: August Action

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 10:22 AM / Blogs
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G.M. Journal: August Action
A floridapanthers.com exclusive, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon will be sharing his thoughts with Panthers and hockey fans throughout the year in his blog entitled G.M. Journal.

Enjoy.

 
Hockey fans probably don’t think about August as the most action-packed month of the season, but there is still plenty of work to be done to prepare for training camp and plenty of opportunities remaining to potentially improve our team.
 
In the last week alone we’ve reshaped our roster in Rochester with a number of moves, making it more conducive to the growth and success of our young players.
 
Meanwhile, with the addition of defenseman Mike Weaver, a top penalty killer and player who logged almost 17 minutes per game for St. Louis last year, we have positioned our blueline for healthy internal competition in training camp, leading to a better overall defensive unit once the season begins in earnest in October.
 
If you look at our defense right now, in front of Tomas Vokoun and Scott Clemmensen, we have Bryan McCabe, Bryan Allen, Dennis Wideman, Dmitry Kulikov, Jason Garrison, Nathan Paetsch and Mike Weaver, all competing for regular playing time. They could also be pushed in camp by players such as rookie Erik Gudbranson, youngsters Keaton Ellerby and Colby Robak, and new signing Joe Callahan.
 
The fact is, as head coach Pete DeBoer has said even before I got here in May, we need to cultivate a competitive environment where every player feels the pressure to perform and earn their position – from first line center down to a fourth line checking forward.
 
The same situation exists at forward, where there could be upwards of 18 players competing for only 12 or 13 spots. Every day, from the start of camp until the end of the season, there will be pressure on our players to perform and give their all. From a GM’s perspective that’s what you need, and from a fan’s perspective, it’s going to be exciting to watch.  
 
Speaking of our fans, I want to thank everyone who sent their well-wishes and support when I was fortunate enough to compete in the 2010 U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Country Club just outside Seattle, Wash.
 
Despite my faulty putter, it was an incredible experience to play in one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. It was also a strong reminder that I should stick my day job of being the GM of this hockey team.
 
After the tournament, I spent the last week in South Florida meeting with much of our hockey ops staff including Assistant GM Mike Santos and Bill Torrey, to discuss our preparations for training camp.
 
Beginning Sept. 11 with rookie camp, as an organization we need to set the tone for the rest of the season, and the foreseeable future. We need to show our players – whether they are rookies, young players or seasoned veterans – that the party is over and we are going to conduct our business in a professional manner from here on out. We’re going to have a lot of fun doing it, but only if we’re all willing to make the sacrifices necessary to have success and to win.
 
That said, we have plenty of great opportunities for our fans to get a close-up of our team in September with two rookie games on the 15th and 16th and the Blue vs. White scrimmage during Hockey Day in South Florida on the 19th  all at the Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs.
 
But for now, with Opening Night just over two months away, we’ll continue looking for ways to improve our roster and give our fans a team they can all be proud of.
UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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