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G.M. Journal: Reflections On 2011, A Look At 2012

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G.M. Journal: Reflections On 2011, A Look At 2012
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.

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Happy New Year Panthers fans. As we close the book on 2011 I thought it would be a good time to reflect on an important year of growth and development for our organization, while also looking ahead to an exciting 2012.
 
Clearly, our team has come a long way over the last 12 months. It starts at the top where our owner Cliff Viner made the commitment to making this team better and building it the right way.
 
Behind the bench we hired head coach Kevin Dineen who has brought an incredible level of passion, commitment and coaching acumen to our team. Then we went out and acquired a host of new players to boost the skill, speed and character of our roster.
 
Once training camp began the big question was: how long would it take to develop the chemistry we needed to compete and start winning hockey games. Thanks to our coaching staff, and the commitment of both our new players and returnees, that happened pretty quickly.
 
Thus far, we’ve gotten solid goaltending from Jose Theodore, Scott Clemmensen and even rookie Jacob Markstrom when he’s been called upon. Meanwhile, our defensemen have made an impact not only in keep in our zone, but also in contributing offensively.
 
Brian Campbell and Jason Garrison have been very effective playing the points on our power play, Ed Jovanovski and Mike Weaver have been solid on the ice and great leaders off of it, and youngsters like Dmitry Kulikov, Erik Gudbranson and Keaton Ellerby have shown glimpses of the impact they could make in the future.
 
Up front, there’s no doubt we’ve been carried at times by our first line of Stephen Weiss, Kris Versteeg and Tomas Fleischmann, but we’ve got contributions up and down the lineup from players such as Tomas Kopecky, Shawn Matthias and others.
 
Our fans have to be excited that, sitting here on Jan. 1, 2012, the Panthers are sitting in first place in the Southeast Division, but there is still a long way to go. Looking ahead to the next few weeks, I’m hoping some of our injured players heal up and get back in the lineup. Certainly we are missing the contributions of forwards such as Marcel Goc, Sean Bergenheim, Jack Skille and Scottie Upshall, though we’ve gotten solid contributions from the likes of Tim Kennedy, Bill Thomas and others.
 
I’d also be remiss if I didn’t comment on the support that we have gotten from our fans all season long. For a franchise that has struggled through a long run of disappointing seasons, the energy and size of the crowds during our games at the BankAtlantic have been nothing short of spectacular. To have three straight home games with 20,000-plus fans over the last week tells me that we have only scratched the surface of South Florida’s passion for hockey, and for our team.
 
I would only expect our crowds to continue to grow as the season goes on and we continue to jockey for playoff position in the Eastern Conference. I think we’ve proved a lot during the first half of the 2011 season. We’ve show that we have a clear direction and plan for this franchise, and it is starting to pay dividends. We’ve shown that, led by Kevin Dineen, we work hard and play an exciting brand of hockey. We’ve also shown that we can compete with any team in the league on any given night.
 
It’s going to be exciting 2012 there’s no doubt, and I want to personally thank all of our fans for continuing to support us and make South Florida a great hockey town. Happy New Year.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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