The Florida Panthers announced Wednesday the organization has signed executive vice president and general manager Dale Tallon to a multi-year contract extension. Length and financial terms of the deal were not released.
"I am very grateful to Cliff [Viner, team general partner] and all our partners for providing me the opportunity to sign an extension with the Panthers," Tallon said. "Through the hard work of our diligent hockey operations staff we have changed the environment and culture of our club, developing a new identity for the Florida Panthers. I am very proud of our coaching staff, players and support staff for all that we accomplished this season. We are driven each day to make our team better and to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to South Florida."
In 2011-12, his second season as GM, Tallon built a team that snapped a 10-season playoff drought and won the first Southeast Division title in franchise history. It came with a team that featured nine players signed or traded for last summer. He also hired a new coach in Kevin Dineen.
For his effort, Tallon was named a finalist for the NHL GM of the Year Award, which will be presented at the NHL Awards on June 20.
"We are very pleased to have agreed to a contract extension with Dale," Viner said. "Over the last two years, he has worked tirelessly to re-position our team and hockey operations department. Our team's success can be attributed directly to Dale's passion, leadership and the motivation that he has instilled in our organization. He has assembled a hockey management team and a roster of driven players that are focused on making the Florida Panthers a successful organization both on and off the ice."
Source : NHL.com
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