Tallon to drop GM title as Panthers reorganize front office

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The Florida Panthers‘ front office will have a new look for the 2016-17 season.

Executive vice president Dale Tallon will give way to Tom Rowe to take over general manager duties in a front office restructuring that will “incorporate more mathematical analysis when it comes to making roster decisions,” according to George Richards of The Miami Herald.

The Panthers’ organization overhaul was first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman during Saturday’s edition of “Headlines” on Hockey Night in Canada.

According to Friedman, Tallon will assume a president of hockey operations role while Rowe will wear the GM title. Eric Joyce set become an assistant GM. Richards noted that Steve Werier will also work alongside Rowe in an assistant GM capacity.

Rowe was head coach of the Panthers’ AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage in 2014-15 and Portland Pirates in 2015-16 after the franchise moved its farm system operations to Maine. Joyce served as GM for the Pirates in 2015-16. Werier has worked in the Panthers organization since 2013.

An official announcement is expected sometime in the next week or two at the conclusion of Tallon’s current scouting trip at the world championships in Russia.

The Panthers are coming off a season in which they captured the Atlantic Division title and set franchise records for wins (47) and points (103).

It’s been an eventful week for the Panthers. The franchise re-signed veteran forward Jaromir Jagr to a unique contract on Thursday.

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