The Florida Panthers have lost six straight games, and couldn’t manage to finish off the equally terrible Edmonton Oilers in overtime last night to break the streak at five. According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, the contest caused General Manager Dale Tallon to call for a late-night powwow with some of the top members of his staff.
As per the Herald‘s report:
Doug Cifu, the team’s new minority owner and alternate governor, has been around the team the past few days and was part of the meeting. Cifu left the arena around 11:30 p.m. with Tallon, assistant GM Mike Santos and hockey operations director Mike Dixon following suit around 10 minutes later.
The quick assumption was that there might be a coaching change coming, but Tallon quickly dismissed that notion. He did follow up that dismissal by adding “there will be changes though.”
Tallon obviously doesn’t want to be too knee-jerkish in his response to an emotional loss like the one Florida suffered at the hands of Edmonton, but this incarnation of the Panthers has shown him little reason not to dramatically shake things up. While he has a good, young core with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau in place, several other pieces just aren’t panning out.
Dmitry Kulikov has caught the eye of several teams, while kind-of No. 1 goalie Tim Thomas could fetch a small return from a team looking for a stop gap in net.
As the losses continue to pile on in Florida, what sort of tricks does Tallon have left up his sleeve to fix things? Is he already willing to cash it in on this season while accumulating more draft picks and young players? Or is he looking for bring in veteran help to aid his squad?
Time will tell, but things are about to get interesting for the Panthers.