Some managers aren’t just posturing when they promise to be bold and aggressive in fixing their idling team. Unlike Craig MacTavish of the Edmonton Oilers, Dale Tallon said he was going to shake the Florida Panthers up and has done just that this week. He was unhappy with the Panthers for obvious reasons, and didn’t just sit back to see how things went.
He totally cleaned house by firing head coach Kevin Dineen and his entire staff earlier this week. Tallon also put veteran Ray Whitney on waivers and traded Kris Versteeg to the Chicago Blakchawks last night.
Don’t expect Tallon to be done though. Not by a long shot.
“We are going to continue to be aggressive and make changes,” -VP/GM Dale Tallon on recent roster change. #FlaPanthers
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) November 15, 2013
There was some concern that all the trade chatter wasn’t serious, but he seems to have shaken that feeling now. Tallon retained a lot of Versteeg’s salary to get that deal done, and brought in two promising players that haven’t been able to carve out roles in Chicago due to that team’s depth.
The Panthers don’t have that same problem, so Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen might actually have a chance to be impact players in Florida. Regardless of how this trade pans out, Tallon is going to remain aggressive. That’s been his go-to word lately, and so far he’s acted upon his feelings.
#FlaPanthers Dale Tallon: “I’m not happy where the team is. We’re going to continue to be aggressive, help the franchise move forward.”
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) November 15, 2013
There are only four or five players that the Panthers won’t consider trading. The likes of Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov are safe, but who will be next in Florida’s fire sale?