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The Florida Panthers seem to be making some tweaks to their front office, with official word expected to come soon, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.
Richards reports that the team will have a new GM, but that doesn’t mean that Dale Tallon (pictured) will be fired.
Instead, Tallon will be moved up the chain to a “director of hockey operations”-type title, much like the New York Rangers did with veteran executive Glen Sather last summer.
(Anyone else think of this show when they read “Tom/Eric?”)
Tom Rowe will reportedly take over the GM gig while others will serve as assistants. Tallon is also expected to have a voice in the matters, according to Richards.
It’s plausible that this shuffling was in the making for some time. The Panthers announced extensions for Tallon and Rowe in January. Other pieces are also locked up for the next few years, including head coach (and Jack Adams finalist) Gerard Gallant.
The Panthers took a big step in 2015-16, and it seems clear that they’re keeping their eyes toward the future.
For more details, check out Richards’ feed.
The Stanley Cup playoffs continue with one game on Sunday afternoon. You can catch tonight’s action via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.
NY Islanders at Tampa Bay (3:00 p.m. ET)
The TV broadcast of Game 5 will be on NBC. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here. The Lightning lead the series 3-1.
Check out some reading material to warm up for the action:
– Lightning view elimination victories as “the toughest win to get.”
– Nikita Kucherov is lighting it up for the Lightning.
– Jason Garrison scored the Game 4 overtime-winner.
– Bad blood boils over.
People love star athletes because they can do amazing things. Even so, people also often love to see the occasional moment of weakness.
Aside from the occasional injury hiccup, Sidney Crosby‘s been as advertised after being a super-hyped No. 1 overall pick. He has that “Golden Goal,” two Olympic gold medals, a Stanley Cup ring and plenty of individual accolades.
… Yet he can’t really grow much of a beard.
Granted, his facial hair is thicker now that he’s “Sid the star nearing 30” rather than “Sid the Kid,” but no one will confuse him for Brent Burns and his living-in-a-cabin-in-the-woods beard.
For some, especially Crosby-haters, it’s fodder for mockery.
For the rest of us, it’s merely comforting to see that people like Crosby are human and actually have a few flaws.
The Pittsburgh Penguins ended a long run of playoff overtime struggles on Wednesday … and are now one win away from ending the Washington Capitals’ season.
Many expected the Penguins to crater on defense without Kris Letang (they were 2-8-1 in the regular season without him). While there were shaky moments, Pittsburgh emphasized its speed and other strengths in taking a 3-2 overtime thriller against Washington.
With that, the Penguins’ series lead grows to 3-1.
It was a thrilling, sometimes nasty contest, from Sidney Crosby shaking off an Alex Ovechkin slash, to Evgeni Malkin delivering a hit some thought was over the line and plenty of typical playoff skirmishes.
Ultimately, Matt Murray played another strong game and Patric Hornqvist scored the overtime-winner to put the Capitals in a tough spot.
The Penguins lost their previous eight playoff overtime games, so maybe it was just a matter of time before such a game went their way?
Then again, the history between the two teams is a little different:
If the Capitals want to advance beyond the second round for the first time in the Ovechkin era, they’ll need to accomplish quite the feat against arguably the hottest team in the NHL.
Sidney Crosby is known to get fiery, but even for his feisty standards, he was furious during the third period of Game 4.
An Alex Ovechkin slash caught Crosby on the hand, leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins star shaking his mitt and pleading for a call.
After that, Crosby left to get his hand looked at … but not before flipping out and destroying his stick.
Crosby was able to return not that long after that moment, although we can only speculate regarding how his overall game will be affected if his hand isn’t 100 percent.