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Panthers to name Rowe GM on Monday: report

Front office changes include Tallon being named president of hockey operations @NHLdotcom

Tom Rowe will be announced as general manager of the Florida Panthers on Monday, according to the Miami Herald. 

Dale Tallon, who has been the Panthers GM since 2010, will become president of hockey operations. He signed a three-year contract extension with the Panthers through 2019 on Jan. 1.

Rowe had been an assistant GM since January. He joined the organization during the 2012-13 season as coach of San Antonio of the American Hockey League when Peter Horachek became Panthers interim coach after Kevin Dineen was fired.

The Panthers also reportedly will name Eric Joyce and Steve Werier assistant general managers. Joyce is the GM of the Panthers' AHL affiliate. Werier is the Panthers vice president of legal and business affairs.

The front-office changes initially were reported by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on May 7. The delay in making an official announcement was to wait for Tallon to return from Russia, where he is scouting at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. 

"We've all worked well together for a short period of time and I don't think there's any reason to think we won't work well together long term," Tallon told the Miami Herald on Sunday. "It's worked so far. I don't see any bad things here. It's good to have different voices, opinions and points of view. A lot of teams are doing it this way."

Tallon, 65, and his management team will continue to discuss and debate all aspects of hockey operations.

"Nothing has changed as far as my goals and my ambition to win the Stanley Cup," Tallon said. "This just frees me up to do more of what I'm in tune with: Scouting, mentoring and developing. I'm going to spend more time on that. I've been doing contracts and other day-to-day operations for a long time. It kind of wears you out."

The Panthers set team records this season with 47 wins and 103 points, and won the Atlantic Division. They lost to the New York Islanders in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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