Tallon gets contract extension from Panthers

GM led turnaround for Florida

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The Florida Panthers and general manager Dale Tallon announced a multiyear contract extension Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Tallon joined the Panthers in May 2010. He led a turnaround that included the snapping of a 12-year playoff drought and the club's first Southeast Division title this season. Florida lost a first-round series to eventual Eastern Conference champion New Jersey in seven games.

Among the key changes Tallon made was hiring coach Kevin Dineen, who guided the Panthers to 94 points in his first season. Tallon says he's driven to reach the "ultimate goal of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to South Florida."

Tallon is a finalist for the NHL's executive of the year award, with the winner set to be announced later this month.

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