Everyone knows that Dale Tallon was the man behind the curtain,
building the Chicago Blackhawks into the team they were this past season
as the won the coveted Stanley Cup. Forget that Tallon also managed to
put the Blackhawks into an incredible hole when it comes to the salary
cap; he deserves credit for making the moves needed to build a very
deep, very talented and very successful team.
What isn’t clear is
just how much credit the team will Tallon, who is now the GM of the
Florida Panthers. Dale Tallon isn’t worried however, as he stated during
on WSCR-AM this morning.
“Listen, this organization
has been very good to me for 33 years and I
expect them to take good care of me,” Tallon said. “I have no concerns
about that. It’s a class group and as I’ve said, I expect everything to
be done in a classy manner. They’ve always taken care of me.”
likely no way that Tallon gets his name on the Cup, although many
believe the team will see to it that he does receive a Stanley Cup ring.
When Tallon was demoted last summer after his famous paperwork gaffe,
he stayed on with the organization in a limited capacity, while Stan
Bowman took over general manager duties.
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)