On March 1, 1993, the Florida Panthers named Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke the club's inaugural General Manager.
Working with founding President and Hockey Hall of Famer William A. Torrey, Clarke and his team selected the first 24 Panthers through the Expansion Draft, choosing goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck and captain Brian Skrudland along with forwards Scott Mellanby, Bill Lindsay, Tom Fitzgerald and defensemen Paul Laus and Gord Murphy. Under Clarke, the Panthers set an NHL record at that time for most wins (33) and points (83) by an expansion team.
Bryan Murray (1994-2000)
One of Florida's longest tenured General Managers, Bryan Murray was named General Manager on August 1, 1994. By his second season, Murray's Panthers reached the 1996 Stanley Cup Final. Under Murray the Panthers made three playoff appearances.
As Florida's GM, Murray made multiple franchise shaping moves. In 1998, in a blockbuster trade, Murray acquired superstar goal scorer, "The Russian Rocket" Pavel Bure from the Vancouver Canucks. In 2000, in a trade with the New York Islanders, the Panthers landed a promising rookie forward named Olli Jokinen and their potential goaltender of the future in Roberto Luongo.
William "Bill" Torrey (2000-2001)
Hockey Hall of Fame General Manager and Panthers President Bill Torrey assumed the role of interim GM after the dismissal of Bryan Murray on December 28, 2000.
Chuck Fletcher (2001-2002)
Longtime Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher took over interim General Manager duties from Mr. Torrey on December 3, 2001.
Rick Dudley (2002-2004)
On May 10, 2002, Rick Dudley was named the Panthers General Manager. Under Dudley, the club looked to begin a new era in South Florida and build with a young core of up-and-coming players including 2001 4th overall pick Stephen Weiss, 2002 3rd overall pick Jay Bouwmeester and 2003 3rd overall pick Nathan Horton.
Mike Keenan (2004-2006)
After his time as Florida's Head Coach, Mike Keenan was named General Manager on May 26, 2004. A year passed until Keenan's team took the ice following the 2004-05 NHL Lockout posting 37 wins and 85 points.
On June 23, 2006, unable to reach a contract agreement, the Panthers dealt franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo and defenseman Lukas Krajicek to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auld.
Jacques Martin (2006-2009)
Panthers Head Coach Jacques Martin became the new General Manager on September 3, 2006, while continuing his role behind the bench.
With a need for a starting goaltender, Martin made a deal at the 2007 NHL Draft with the Nashville Predators to bring All-Star netminder Tomas Vokoun to South Florida.
The 2008-09 Panthers narrowly missed the playoffs with 93 points. A new-look team, Florida showed promise through the campaign as mainstays Stephen Weiss, Jay Bouwmeester and Nathan Horton had strong years. Newcomer and future captain Bryan McCabe scored 15 goals in his first season with the Cats as David Booth emerged with a 31-goal season and rookie Michael Frolik added 21 tallies of his own. The goaltending tandem of Vokoun and Craig Anderson was solid as they combined for 41 wins and nine shutouts.
Randy Sexton (2009-2010)
On October 2, 2009, Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton was promoted to General Manager. The former Ottawa Senators GM had served in the Panthers organization since 2007. Under Sexton, the Panthers selected longtime defenseman Dmitry Kulikov 14th overall at the 2009 NHL Draft.
Dale Tallon (2010-Present)
Dale Tallon, the architect of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, took the reins of the Panthers as the club's General Manager on May 18, 2010. Tallon's approach with Florida was based around the philosophy of building his team through the Draft, the same strategy he used to build a champion in Chicago.
By Tallon's second season, a Panthers team comprised mostly of new faces, took the league by surprise with talented newcomers including Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann and All-Star defenseman Brian Campbell, helping end a 12-year playoff drought in South Florida.
Under Tallon, Florida clinched the playoffs on two separate occasions (2011-12, 2015-16), earning division titles both seasons, while also drafting two Calder Memorial Trophy winners (Jonathan Huberdeau, 2013, Aaron Ekblad, 2015) and his teams have set numerous franchise records. At the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline, Tallon made a huge splash by striking a deal with Vancouver to bring Roberto Luongo back home to South Florida. At the following season's deadline, Tallon brought another future Hockey Hall of Famer, Jaromir Jagr to the Panthers from New Jersey.
Tom Rowe (2016-2017)
As Dale Tallon was promoted to President of Hockey Operations, Tom Rowe was promoted from his previous position as Associate General Manager on May 16, 2016.
After being appointed General Manager, Rowe acted quickly, acquiring new players via trades and free agency including Jared McCann, Keith Yandle, Colton Sceviour, James Reimer, Mark Pysyk, Jonathan Marchessault and Jason Demers.
With the Panthers struggling early in the 2016-17 season, Rowe assumed the role of interim head coach following the dismissal of Head Coach Gerard Gallant.
Dale Tallon (2017-18 to Present)
Dale Tallon, the President of Hockey Operations was reinstated as General Manager on April 10, 2017.
Looking to get the Panthers back on track following a difficult 2016-17 season, Tallon named Bob Boughner as the Panthers new head coach, added Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger to the club's hockey operations department and began the process of retooling his roster.
In a key move for the Panthers, Tallon brought goal-scoring winger Evgenii Dadonov back to Florida from the KHL. Under Boughner, the Panthers posted a 44-win, 96-point season, missing the playoffs by one point.
Looking to take the next step in 2018-19, the Panthers team from the previous season is left intact while adding proven goal scorer Mike Hoffman, Stanley Cup champion Troy Brouwer and KHL All-Star defender Bogdan Kiselevich.