Canucks deny they’re interested in Panthers’ Dale Tallon

Elliotte Friedman gives viewers a miniature dose of NHL headlines.

The Florida Panthers will enter the off-season with a new general manager, but Dale Tallon remains in the picture in South Florida in a hockey operations role.

Although Tallon will relinquish his title as GM, you can put any rumours of him heading to the Pacific Northwest to bed. Tallon will not be joining the Vancouver Canucks, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported during Wednesday’s edition of “Headlines” in the second intermission of Game 7 between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars.

“There have been lots of rumours about the future of Dale Tallon since it was announced he was being moved out of the GM position in Florida,” Friedman said. “One of those things has been linked to Vancouver…the Canucks saying today ‘Stop this, there’s no truth to it. It’s not going to happen.'”

The Panthers are expected to formally announce the promotion of Tom Rowe to the GM’s role in the next week or two upon Tallon’s return from a scouting trip to the World Championship in Russia. Tallon signed an extension with the Panthers in January of this year. The 65-year-old has served as executive vice president and GM since May 17, 2010.

The Panthers turned in a record-setting season in 2015-16 in which they captured the Atlantic Division title and set franchise records with 47 wins and 103 points.

The Canucks failed to qualify for the post-season after finishing 13th in the Western Conference with the league’s third-lowest point total (75) and a league-worst minus-52 goal differential.

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