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G.M. Journal: The Fun Part

Friday, 10.07.2011 / 4:26 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 60 39 16 5 162 133 83
2 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
3 NYR 59 37 16 6 186 145 80
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 60 26 21 13 145 169 65
10 PHI 61 26 24 11 162 178 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 59 26 29 4 155 184 56
14 TOR 60 24 31 5 167 183 53
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 61 18 38 5 114 204 41

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 60 21 15 -7 36
J. Huberdeau 57 9 24 5 33
A. Ekblad 60 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 59 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 58 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 51 17 10 -3 27
A. Barkov 49 9 12 -3 21
T. Fleischmann 51 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 60 3 17 2 20
S. Bergenheim 39 8 10 2 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 15 11 .921 2.39
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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