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Dale Tallon Selected As Finalist For NHL General Manager Of The Year

Tuesday, 04.24.2012 / 11:00 AM ET / News
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Dale Tallon Selected As Finalist For NHL General Manager Of The Year

The National Hockey League announced today that Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon has been selected as a finalist for the National Hockey League’s General Manager of the Year Award.

In less than two years, Dale Tallon has been responsible for reshaping the club’s roster as the team earned its first Southeast Division title in franchise history. Florida finished the 2011-12 season with a 38-26-18 record and its 94 points were the most since totaling 98 points in 1999-2000 (43-27-6-6).

Tallon made a splash in the 2011 offseason when he completely revamped the Panthers lineup, adding 10 players that would be mainstays on the 2011-12 roster. Noteworthy moves include trading for Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg, and signing free agents Tomas Fleischmann, Jose Theodore, Sean Bergenheim, Ed Jovanovski, and Scottie Upshall, in addition to multiple other players who had the best statistical seasons of their careers in 2011-12.

Tallon also made improvements to the Panthers lineup throughout the regular season acquiring six veterans (Mikael Samuelsson, Marco Sturm, Krys Barch, John Madden, Wojtek Wolski and Jerred Smithson) who helped Florida earn their first postseason berth since 2000.

After finishing the 2010-11 season with 72 points and 15th place in the Eastern Conference, Tallon hired new head coach Kevin Dineen in June of 2011. Dineen led the team to its first division title and a 22-point increase in the standings from the previous season.

In addition to the current Panthers roster, Tallon has ensured the Panthers will have a bright future by loading up on draft picks and top prospects. Florida is listed No. 1 among all NHL teams for best prospects by Hockey’s Future. Since joining Florida, Tallon has conducted two successful NHL Entry Drafts that have seen the club stockpile 23 picks, including four first-round selections: No. 3 – F Jonathan Huberdeau (2011), No. 3 – D Erik Gudbranson (2010), No. 19 – C Nick Bjugstad (2010) and No. 25 C Quinton Howden (2010).

On Monday, D Brian Campbell was selected as a finalist for the NHL’s Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. The winners for both awards will be announced at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20.

Florida visits the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series tonight at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and 560 WQAM Sports Radio.

The Panthers’ official Game 6 watch party will take place at Duffy's Sports Grill in Plantation. Stanley C. Panther and the Redline Lady Panthers will be in attendance, distributing giveaways and signing autographs for fans. Drink and food specials will be available, including the first draft free for fans wearing Panthers gear. Fans can also watch Game 6 – and every Stanley Cup Playoff game – at the Saveology.com Iceplex’s Breakaway Bar & Grill.

The Panthers’ 2012 postseason is presented by Party City and tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800-745-3000), at www.ticketmaster.com and at the BankAtlantic Center box office or by calling 954-835-PUCK.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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