This off-season is going to be the most important in Panthers history. Our owner, Vinny Viola has given Dale Tallon the green light to spend to the cap during free agency, we hold the #1 overall selection in this years NHL Entry Draft, and we are in need of a new head coach. With the coaching search in full-swing the Panthers have interviewed a bunch of candidates so far including Gerard Gallant, Marc Crawford, Tom Renney, Bill Peters, and most recently, Ron Wilson.
General Manager, Dale Tallon has stated on multiple occasions that he would like to add a coach with experience at the NHL level. Ron Wilson fits that bill as he compiled a 648-561-101-91 record in 1,401 games. Wilson has coached the Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, and the Toronto Maple Leafs and has made the playoffs 8 out of 18 seasons. With the Capitals he made it to the Stanley Cup but his team was swept by the Detroit Red Wings.
Wilson implements an attack style of play and loves to utilize technology to make in-game adjustments and to create coaching plans. In his time with the Sharks, Wilson used a tablet on the bench for him and his assistants to review plays and to come up with strategy changes. Personally, I hate the attack style of play because it doesn’t do much good for a teams defense and I don’t think it fits our current roster well at all. As of now the Panthers don’t have very many skilled forwards and the run-and-gun style of play isn’t very good for our lowly defense. This could all change come free agency time however. It took Dale Tallon three times before he hired the right coach in Chicago (Joe Quenneville) and I’m confident he will hire the right coach this go around.
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