Gerard Gallant was the story Monday. But Dale Tallon is the column. Gallant was introduced as the Panthers new coach with all the same smiles and sunny adjectives that introduced seven new Panthers coaches in the last 10 years.
But Tallon, the Panthers' general manager, has more work ahead than simply welcoming another coach in another upbeat news conference if the Panthers are to become relevant any time soon. And he knows it.
"Maybe it's time to package some of our youth in a deal," he said.
Maybe when a general manager says lines like that he's sending messages to 29 other teams he's open for business.
"We have 12 kids over 6-3 who are under 23 in our system," Tallon said. "So we have enough youth now that it won't affect the future. We have 10 picks next year. We have the No. 1 and No. 32 pick this year."
So he'll trade prospects for a proven player.
"We're willing to do that," he said.
When Tallon traded for 35-year-old goalie Roberto Luongo in the spring, it signaled a ...