Vincent Viola talked a good game after becoming the new lead owner of the Florida Panthers.
“We’re all about hockey and are very singularly focused people,” Viola said at his introductory news conference. “That’s what we’re about, the Florida Panthers. We will do everything we can and we will win here. We’re excited about that.”
Yeah, well, the team’s miserable 3-8-4 start may have sapped some of that excitement. The Panthers won just one of 10 games heading into Thursday night’s game at Boston.
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New minority owner Doug Cifu convened a Tuesday night meeting with general manager Dale Tallon, hockey operations director Mike Dixon and assistant general manager Mike Santos.
Tallon supports coach Kevin Dineen, but he is reporting to new bosses these days.
“The truth of the matter is we have new ownership here,” Dineen told the Miami Herald. “When you’re spending whatever the figure is on something and you’re in a personnel based business, you’re evaluating everything on every single day at every level. Whether it’s management side, the players’ side, the coaches’ side. Those meetings are happening every day right now.”
Tallon reiterated to the Herald that Dineen was safe. “There will be changes though,” Tallon said. “I don't make rash decisions. None of us are happy. I have to fix this and I will. We're better than this.”