Dale Tallon's second major rebuild
The Blackhawks hold his fingerprints; now he must do the same in Florida
Plugging Holes -- Florida Panthers
The Hole: A primarily scoring-focused forward
If you have been watching the ascension of the Chicago Blackhawks back into the NHL's spotlight, then you know that former GM Dale Tallon was the main cog in turning around that once-proud franchise. Tallon found himself on the outside looking in last summer after a couple of issues with management in Chicago and became the leader of the Florida Panthers.
In Tallon, the Panthers get a GM who has not only drafted well but has also demonstrated the ability to steal a couple of under-the-radar scoring forwards from well-managed franchises, see: Kris Versteeg (Boston) and Patrick Sharp (Philadelphia). He we won't have the cap flexibility he had in Chicago but he does have some talent to work with moving forward.
The Panthers are set in net, with arguably the best goaltender in the NHL in Tomas Vokoun. While the defensive corps does not exactly rival Philadelphia's or Chicago's, Tallon will probably shift his focus to the team's forwards. The fact is that the Panthers have trouble scoring (2.46 goals-per-game as a team last season which placed them 28th overall in the NHL) and it is almost impossible to win in today's league without putting the puck in the net.
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