Plenty of cooks in the Panthers kitchen these days.
On Thursday, the Panthers announced they promoted longtime scout and ex-NHLer Peter Mahovlich to a special advisor to ownership role.
“I am thrilled to expand Peter’s role,” owner Vincent Viola said in a release. “Peter is highly respected within our organization and with his peers around the league. His wealth of experience and knowledge from his years as a player, coach and scout are tremendous assets for our organization.”
The Mahovlich move comes after the Panthers ‘promoted’ former general manager Dale Tallon to his current president of hockey ops role. Tom Rowe moved into the GM role, and will oversee a more analytics-based staff of AGMs Eric Joyce and Steve Werier.
(The club also has a director of hockey analytics on staff — Brian MacDonald.)
Oh, and don’t forget the Panthers still employ Bill Torrey as a special advisor to the GM, and Rory Babich as the club’s other special advisor to ownership.
It’ll be awfully interesting to see how this all plays out in Sunrise.
The Panthers are coming off the most successful regular season in franchise history and a long-awaited return to the playoffs, and have already made two fairly noteworthy moves this offseason — first, trading defenseman Erik Gudbranson to Vancouver for prospect Jared McCann, then shipping out the contract of Marc Savard to New Jersey, giving the Panthers some major cap relief.