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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Dale Tallon
Ekblad, a 6-foot-4, 214-pound defenseman who played for Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League, is the first defenseman to go No. 1 since St. Louis took Erik Johnson in 2006.
With a relatively young team, Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is of the belief that the club needs an experienced coach behind the bench. And with that, Peter Horachek's time as interim coach is over.
Barry Trotz has been linked to the Capitals' head coaching vacancy, but might the former Predators bench boss have multiple suitors?
With a relatively young team, Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is of the belief that the club needs an experienced coach behind the bench.
This season had a familiar feel for the Florida Panthers, who again relied heavily on prospects and again missed the playoffs.
The Florida Panthers say they won't renew the contract of Mike Santos, the team's assistant general manager.
This time, Roberto Luongo got what Tim Thomas wanted.
Michael Yormark resigned as president and CEO of the Florida Panthers on Monday, taking a job with rap mogul Jay Z's Roc Nation and setting off a front-office shake-up for the long-struggling franchise.
Here's the status of the Florida Panthers these days: The owner is disappointed, the general manager is angry and the players are underachieving.
Tim Thomas wanted back in the NHL. The Florida Panthers wanted goaltending help.
The Panthers began preparing last year for the beginning of free agency and were one of the busiest teams in the NHL on Friday.
From Saskatchewan to Stockholm, NHL prospects came to the draft, hoping to hear their names called.
Peter DeBoer took over as coach of the Florida Panthers three years ago with a sparkling resume from junior hockey, fully expecting that he could bring the downtrodden franchise back to the playoffs.
"We are thrilled to have selected Aaron with the No. 1 pick," Tallon said. "He is a strong, smart and physically mature defenseman who skates well and can play at both ends of the ice. Aaron is another building block for our team and we are confident that he will fit well with our young nucleus of talented players that includes Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Erik Gudbranson. We look forward to his continued growth and contributions to our team and the South Florida community."
Panthers GM Dale Tallon says he is more than willing to trade his No. 1 pick for an attractive package.