The Panthers rang in the New Year by announcing that General Managers Dale Tallon has been signed to a 3-year contract extension. Tallon will team up with Tom Rowe whom the Panthers promoted from head coach of the team’s AHL affiliate Portland Pirates to associate GM, while Scott Allen will take over Rowe’s former position.
Dale Tallon entered this season on the final year of his contract with the team after being hired back in 2010, and this extension means that he’ll remain at the helm through at least the 2018-19 season. When he arrived in May of 2010, he mentioned a 5-year blueprint for a rebuild to add size and skill up the middle and on the backend as well as speed and scoring on the wings. Dmitry Kulikov is the only Panther player still on the roster today that was also on the roster when Tallon was hired.
Tallon has overseen 5 drafts and has selected guys like Nick Bjugstad, Vincent Trocheck, Aleksander Barkov, Aaron Ekblad, and Jonathan Huberdeau among others, all of which are playing for and leading the Panthers in scoring today. As we all know, Dale Tallon was previously the GM of the Chicago Blackhawks and drafted players like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane which made the team was it is today. It was reported yesterday afternoon that the Panthers were working on an extension with Tallon, however it didn’t take long for that to be completed as news broke yesterday evening that Tallon had agreed to it.
The Panthers also announced that Tom Rowe, who has been the head coach of the Panthers’ AHL affiliate since November 2013, has been promoted to the position of associate GM. Scott Allen has been promoted to head coach of the Portland Pirates, the Panthers’ AHL affiliate, after serving as the assistant head coach since the beginning of the season. Allen was with the San Antonio Rampage coaching staff from 2002-2004 when they were affiliated with the Panthers.