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Panthers to name Rowe general manager: report

Tallon will head hockey operations department; Joyce, Werier to be assistant GMs

by @NHL

Florida Panthers associate general manager Tom Rowe will be named their new GM, according to the Miami Herald.

Dale Tallon, Florida's GM since 2010, will head the hockey operations department. Tallon signed a three-year contract extension with the Panthers through 2019 on Jan. 1.

Eric Joyce and Steve Werier will each be promoted to assistant GM. Joyce served as GM of the Panthers' American Hockey League affiliate in Portland, Maine, last season. Werier is a lawyer who specializes in hockey analytics and has been with the Panthers since December 2013.

Rowe's promotion was first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Freidman during "Hockey Night in Canada" on Saturday. An announcement will be made when Tallon returns from scouting the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia, according to the Herald, which also added the Panthers want to integrate more mathematical analysis when making roster decisions.

The Panthers went 47-26-9 and won the Atlantic Division but were eliminated in six games by the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Rowe, a former forward, appeared in 357 NHL games with the Washington Capitals, Hartford Whalers and Detroit Red Wings. He coached Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the Kontinental Hockey League in 2012-13 before joining the Panthers organization when he replaced Peter Horachek as coach of San Antonio in the AHL; Horachek took over as Florida's interim coach after Kevin Dineen was fired

Rowe began working under Tallon in December.

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