The Florida Panthers held their first summer cookout Thursday night at the Bank Atlantic Center. Dale Tallon was on hand for the festivities and spoke to the fans about the upcoming season. I wasn’t able to attend since I was still celebrating the Hawks Stanley Cup Victory. I still am as of this writing. Anyway…..
One of the things that was mentioned was the assitant coaching positions which many of us are curious about. As it stands right now, like it or not, Jim Hulton will be back, Rob Tallas will be back and video coach Jim Pringle will be back for another season. Mike Kitchen was asked back, however he would like the opportunity to explore a head coaching position somewhere, so we’ll have to wait and see how that one shakes out.
I’m sure many of us are a bit uncomfortable with this, as we saw a suffering power play which Hulton is responsible for, and a defence that needed about seven passes to get out of their zone, and had trouble on many occasions killing penalties. This of course can be a result of not only they systems in place, but the players on the roster. Well to make you feel a little better, it’s been said at least twice, “No player is untouchable on this team”. That’s the good news.
In other items, new General Manager Dale Tallon will be getting a well deserved Stanley Cup ring from the Chicago Blackhawks. He does deserve it, as his fingerprints are all over that roster. Don’t forget, Tallon was also the man to pull the plug last year(2008-2009) after four games, and fired popluar former Blackhawks player Denis Savard, who was the head coach at the time. He was replaced by Joel Quenneville. It was the second time in his career with Chicago that Savard was involved in an unpopular move. In the summer of 1990 he was traded by former Hawks Coach and General Manager Mike Keenan to the Montreal Canadiens for defenceman Chris Chelios. Tallon, is not afraid to make decsions. That is clearly something we need.
The Panthers will be moving their radio broadcast from 790 The Ticket to WQAM 560 for this season. Randy Moeller is expected to move along as well. In addition to the broadcasts there will also be a 30 minute pregame show as well as a 15 minute post game show.
WQAM will also air a three hour live draft show from Duffy’s in Fort Lauderdale on June 25th.
Tune into Fox Sports this afternoon at 3:30 for an Inside look at the Draft Combine as Frank Forte takes a look at the potential players the Panthers are considering in the upcoming draft.
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