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Hoping To Hear Their Names Called

Panthers GM Dale Tallon and Defenseman Brian Campbell both hope to pick up some end of year NHL awards in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, 06.20.2012 / 9:30 AM ET / News
By Joseph Beguiristain  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Hoping To Hear Their Names Called

The 2012 NHL Awards Ceremony will be held tonight in the Encore Theater at Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Among all the awards that will be given out include the Hart Memorial Trophy for the most valuable player or the Jack Adams award for the best head coach, two will be of particular interest for Florida Panthers fans.

Both General Manager Dale Tallon and defenseman Brian Campbell are finalists for awards at the ceremony. Tallon is a finalist for the General Manager of the Year award and Campbell is a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded to the player who shows the most sportsmanship while still playing at a high level.

Other finalists for the General Manager of the year award along with Tallon are Doug Armstrong of the Saint Louis Blues and David Poile of the Nashville Predators.

Other finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy besides Brian Campbell are Edmonton Oilers right winger Jordan Eberle and NY Islanders left winger Matt Moulson.

Campbell is looking to become the first Panthers player to win an award since Pavel Bure won the Maurice Richard Trophy in back-to-back seasons from 1999-2001 as the league’s top goal scorer.

This past season Campbell had 53 points, but his six penalty minutes in 82 games played are what really defined his season.

Campbell is happy that he’s up for an award, especially with being that his main position is helping stop the other team from scoring.

“It’s obviously a great honor, I don’t think too many defensemen get awarded,” said Campbell. “I don’t know why. It’s nice to change it up I guess. Buck the trend a little bit.”

Campbell takes pride in playing the game the right way within the confines of the rules. He noticed how playoff hockey was getting a little testy and was pleased to see it get cleaned up.

“The game can be played hard and played the right way,” the defensemen said. “Instead of guys getting hurt, it’s a good thing seeing guys playing hard and I think it’s starting to clear up a little bit in the playoffs as well.”

As for the man that made the trade to bring Campbell to the Panthers in a draft day trade to start the whole makeover, Tallon is also hoping to hear his name called. The NHL General Manager of the Year award is relatively new. It was first given out in 2010 to Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney. Voters for the award include the 30 GMs, five NHL executives, and five media members.

Tallon helped lead the Panthers to their first Division title in franchise history and first playoff appearance since 2000. The Panthers garnered 94 points this past season, which was a 22 point improvement from the year before.

Despite all he has done, Tallon is honored to just be nominated for the award.

“I feel honored to be selected by your peers,” said Tallon. “I have a lot of respect for those guys, it’s a tough job and they do it with class and dignity and they love the game, they have tremendous passion for the game.”

While honored to be a finalist, Tallon knows he couldn’t have done it without his staff and he credits them as well for the success the Panthers had this past season.

“It takes an army, but I’m proud of our efforts from our whole team,” the GM said. “It’s been a fun couple of years working with these people. They work hard, they’re passionate, [and] they all have opinions. We have some good arguments about players and that’s what makes it special.”

Hopefully at least one, if not both will take home awards, capping off what has been an already successful 2011-12 season in South Florida.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
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 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 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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