Tallon, the architect of the Chicago Blackhawks' 2010 championship team, is in his second season at the helm in Florida. During the offseason, he brought in numerous talented players such as ex-Hawks Kris Versteeg
and Brian Campbell
, forward Tomas Fleischmann
and goalie Jose Theodore
. Those fresh faces have helped the Panthers, who are looking to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2000, surge to a first-place tie in the Southeast Division with the Washington Capitals. On Tuesday night, the Panthers routed the Pacific-leading Dallas Stars, 6-0.NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman
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