NHL Notebook: Tallon new GM with Panthers

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The Florida Panthers have named Dale Tallon as the club's new general manager, replacing Randy Sexton less than a year after he was officially named to the post.

The Panthers made the announcement Monday, a day ahead of a news conference at which Tallon, 59, will be introduced.

Tallon comes to Florida after more than three decades with the Chicago Blackhawks' organization, including five years as a player and a stint as the team's general manager.

Tallon was named Chicago's general manager in 2005 but was demoted to a senior adviser of hockey operations position in 2009 -- less than two months after the Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference finals.

The Blackhawks drafted young stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Tallon's tenure as the team's general manager, and he was credited with trades and free-agent acquisitions that helped to turn around the once-struggling franchise.

Tallon has quite a challenge awaiting him in Florida. The Panthers, who finished last in the Southeast Division this year, have not appeared in a playoff game since the 1999-00 season. They also have not won a playoff series since 1996 or a playoff game since 1997.


First Alex Ovechkin, now Nicklas Backstrom. Washington has its two best players locked into big-money contracts. The 22-year-old Swede signed a 10-year, $67 million deal.

Ovechkin is about to enter the third year of a $124 million, 13-year deal. Backstrom had career-highs of 33 goals and 68 assists this season. He will earn $6 million each of the next four seasons, with the amount increasing to $8 million by decade's end.

Backstrom was not the only Swede signing a Capitals' contract Monday. They also signed 2009 first-round draft pick Marcus Johansson to a three-year entry-level deal for $2.7 million.


Mariette Shero, mother of Penguins general manager Ray Shero, died Sunday. She was 86 and was the widow of former NHL coach Fred Shero.

In addition to Ray Shero, she is survived by another son, Jean-Paul of Boston.

She was a native of Shawinigan, Quebec, and one of 13 children and later lived in Cherry Hill, N. J., before moving into an assisted-living facility in Upper St. Clair several years ago.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Beinhauer Funeral Home in McMurray. A mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at St. John Capistran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Harmony Hospice in Carnegie, the Mario Lemieux Foundation or the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation Flyers Wives Fight for Lives in Philadelphia.


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