Tom Rowe named GM as Panthers announce changes to front office structure

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

The Panthers announced today that they’ve made several front office changes including the promotion of Tom Rowe to the position of General Manager. The team hopes to achieve a more collaborative atmosphere when it comes to signings, trades, drafting, and other important day-to-day tasks, and it’s something they’ve already been working on over the past several months.

To make things easy to follow, here’s a quick rundown of the changes made to the Panthers’ front office:

  • Dale Tallon promoted to President of Hockey Operations
  • Tom Rowe promoted from Assistant General Manager to General Manager (10th in team history)
  • Eric Joyce promoted from assistant to the General Manager to Assistant General Manager
  • Steve Werier promoted from Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs to Assistant General Manager

According to the Panthers’ hockey operations website page and what Cats on the Prowl has learned, this is 100% a promotion for Tallon despite him no longer having the title of General Manager. He’ll continue the main tasks that he’s carried out for the past 6 years such as talent evaluation, scouting, player acquisitions, and more. Tallon was signed to a 3-year contract extension in January and has served as the team’s GM since May 17th, 2010.

“It’s a pretty nice deal,” said Dale Tallon to the Miami Herald on Sunday after arriving in South Florida from the IIHF World Championship tournament in Russia.

Now, however, some of the smaller – but still important – tasks such as cap work, contracts, CBA interpretation, and more will be deferred to Eric Joyce, Steve Werier, and Tom Rowe. The Panthers have stated that they’ll be incorporating more analytics into their work, although it won’t be the end all, be all. All of the promotions essentially occurred some time ago, however today’s announcement of the title changes formalizes the structure.

“We think [analytics are] an important component, but it’s not the only component; that’s where Eric Joyce comes into play,” said Tom Rowe.

Tom Rowe has an extensive hockey history as he has previously served as General Manager for the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL as well as head coach and assistant coach in the KHL and NHL for a number of years. Rowe was most recently the head coach of the Panthers’ former AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage and Portland Pirates before being promoted to Associate General Manager in January.

Eric Joyce has served as Vice President, Assistant to GM, GM Portland Pirates since the 2013-14 season and is now the Panthers’ Assistant GM as well as the GM of the Panthers’ AHL affiliate. Prior to that, Joyce received a degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School “with a focus on International Relations and econometrics.” He also served as an Army Captain from 2004 to 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom III and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and the Valorous Unit Citation for his efforts and dedication. Joyce also coordinates the Panthers’ advanced analytics department and fulfills a community relations role for the team.

Steve Werier has served as the team’s Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for the past several years and has also worked alongside Dale Tallon with contracts and cap compliance since joining the team. Werier has a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Toronto and previously served as a corporate, sports and entertainment lawyer in New York City while also working at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C for a short period of time.

In addition to those changes, the Panthers also relieved several other members of the organization of their duties, including assistant coach John Madden, equipment managers Chris Moody and Chris Scopetto, director of hockey operations Mike Dixon, skating and skills coach Paul Vincent, manager of player development Hal Gill, and Vice President of the Panthers Ice Den Jeff Campol. Head coach Gerard Gallant is expected to name two new assistant coaches sometime during the off-season.

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