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Rowe to become Florida Panthers’ GM, Tallon to run team’s hockey operations

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013, file photo, Dale Tallon, the Florida Panthers' executive vice president and general manager, listens during an NHL hockey press conference in Sunrise, Fla.
FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013, file photo, Dale Tallon, the Florida Panthers' executive vice president and general manager, listens during an NHL hockey press conference in Sunrise, Fla. AP

The Florida Panthers front office is getting a bit of a shakeup.

Tom Rowe, brought in as the team’s associate general manager in late December, will be Florida’s new general manager.

Dale Tallon, Florida’s GM since 2010 who signed a three-year contract extension through 2019, will remain with the organization atop the hockey operations department.

Eric Joyce, a West Point and Harvard grad who served as GM of Florida’s AHL team last year, will be promoted to one of two assistant general manager positions.

Steve Werier, who specializes in contracts and the salary cap and has been with the organization since December 2013, will be the other.

The announcement, a source told the Miami Herald, will be made when Tallon returns from a scouting trip to the World Championships in Russia.

Elliotte Freidman made the initial report of Rowe’s promotion on Saturday’s Hockey Night in Canada.

The Miami Herald learned the Panthers were leaning toward changing their management structure as the season came to a close because the team wants to incorporate more mathematical analysis when it comes to making roster decisions.

Tallon will still have a say in how the Panthers are built moving forward, although now Rowe, Joyce and Werier will have more of a say than before.

Rowe joined the Panthers in 2013 when Florida fired coach Kevin Dineen and replaced him with AHL coach Peter Horachek; Rowe was hired and took over for Horachek in San Antonio.

In December, Rowe joined the Panthers from their AHL team in Portland, Maine, to serve under Tallon as associate general manager.

“I’m ecstatic to be able to work with Dale and work under his guidance and direction,” Rowe said then.

“He’s done one heck of a job here. To be able to come here for this position, see how it works in the NHL is a great thing.”

A former NHL player who appeared in 357 games with Washington, Hartford and Detroit, Rowe turned to coaching in 2001 and started in the AHL.

Rowe coached in the KHL for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv during 2012-13 before joining San Antonio and the Panthers.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Rowe said. “When it presented itself, I thought it would be a great thing to be involved with.”

George Richards: 305-376-4995, @GeorgeRichards

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