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Blog 242: Excitement For Immediate Future

Wednesday, 06.22.2011 / 4:15 PM ET / Blogs
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Blog 242: Excitement For Immediate Future
With the 2011 NHL Entry Draft fast approaching, like many Florida Panthers fans, I am excited to see what General Manager Dale Tallon and his staff have in store over the next few days.

Last year around this time, I was just beginning my first year as General Partner of this franchise, and Dale was new to the organization as well, having joined us as GM after building an eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks team.

In just a few short days in Los Angeles, Dale drafted 13 players, including three first round picks, and pulled off a number of moves that helped set up his blueprint for success. It was billed as the consensus No. 1 draft performance in the league, and it has Panthers fans looking forward to this year’s draft weekend as well.

With the No. 3 overall pick, seven picks in the first three rounds, and ten overall, Dale once again has a lot of chips to play, as he constructs this Panthers team for year two of his blueprint.

How far we have come already. Thanks to Dale’s efforts, we have the most flexibility of any NHL team headed in to the draft and free agency, and we also have a passionate new coach in Kevin Dineen, to lead our franchise forward on the ice.

As General Partner, and also as a fan, it makes me excited and confident to see the passion, commitment and winning attitude that Dale, Kevin, Assistant GM Mike Santos, Bill Torrey and others bring to the organization each and every day.

Capturing those emotions and aggressiveness is our new “We See Red” marketing campaign for the 2011-12 NHL season. It’s been thrilling to follow fans reactions to the new campaign and to hear what “red” means to them.

For us, it’s the passion, commitment to winning, new blood, and aggressiveness that we want to bring to the BankAtlantic Center next season – not only on the ice, but as an entire organization. For fans, I believe it captures the essence of their loyalty and dedication to our team, and also their enthusiasm for supporting the Panthers as we work to return to the playoffs and become a consistent contender.

Those are the goals, and I’m looking forward to the next few days and taking another significant step in the right direction.

Thanks for reading and go Panthers.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
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10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
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13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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