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G.M. Journal: The Fun Part

Friday, 10.7.2011 / 4:26 PM ET / Blogs
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G.M. Journal: The Fun Part
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.


It’s been a long time and we’ve seen a lot of offseason changes since our team played their last meaningful NHL game. But tomorrow night, finally, the Florida Panthers will be back on the ice for the start of the 2011-12 season.

Heading into my second year as General Manager of this franchise, it’s exciting to think about the progress we have made as an organization. We’ve had two great drafts, highlighted by top picks defenseman Erik Gudbranson and forward Jonathan Huberdeau.

We’ve put together a great coaching and front office staff, most recently with the hiring of Head Coach Kevin Dineen. And we’ve assembled an exciting group of players that have skill and character, and who are committed to being Panthers.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the next chapter in our plan. Beginning with our game against the Islanders, we’ll start to get a true understanding of where we stand as a franchise and how much better we really are.

It’s an exciting time to be a Panthers fan - this is the fun part. Now, we get to see how much of an impact players like Ed Jovanovski and Brian Campbell make on our defense and on young players like Jason Garrison, Dmitry Kulikov and Gudbranson.

Now we get to see four solid lines up front, filled with committed yet talented players like Scottie Upshall, Tomas Kopecky and Sean Bergenheim. We get to see how much better Stephen Weiss can be when playing with skilled wingers like Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg. We get to see what Jose Theodore can do between the pipes, and what youngster Jacob Markstrom does with his chance while Scott Clemmensen is injured.

This is the fun part of being a GM as well – seeing where all the pieces fit in to place both on and off the ice. For anyone who has attended a practice during training camp or last Tuesday’s Foundation Face-Off Gala, I think it’s clear there’s a real personality and chemistry around this team.

Our players are committed to being part of this community, to interacting with our fans, and to being a team that we can all be proud of. That’s something that is encouraging to see from my perspective, and I’m sure from a fan point of view as well.

But for me, I’m ready to get down to the action on the ice. I know we’ll be improved, and I’m excited about that. I also know we’re going to play an up-tempo and aggressive brand of hockey, which is something we can all look forward to.

We’re in a great position as a franchise, I’m confident of that. But tomorrow, we start to figure out just how far along we really are. Thanks for reading and enjoy the game.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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