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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.




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


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
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01

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