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Gerard Gallant | Center

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (52) / 9/2/1963
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 190

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Gerard Gallant was pleased with his team's effort in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Panthers led 2-0 with six minutes remaining before the Lightning scored three unanswered goals. "I was real happy for 54 minutes because we played a great game,’’ said coach Gerard Gallant. "The last six minutes came back to haunt us. ... But it was by far our best preseason game. We made a couple of mistakes there and I’m disappointed obviously. But I’m glad this was preseason and not the first game when we did this.’’ Oct 4 - 1:08 PM

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The Florida Panthers tried to land goaltender Cam Talbot, but the Rangers decided to ship him to Edmonton instead.

Many believe that Talbot was one of the best goalies available this off-season. Landing in Edmonton is probably better for his career, as he probably wouldn't have been the starter in Florida with Roberto Luongo in town. "We were one of the finalists — it was down to the wire," General Manager Dale Tallon said. "It was obviously between us and Edmonton. There were four or five in the mix and it came down to the two of us. I guess they wanted Cam to play out west, so that didn’t work in our favor. It just didn’t happen." The Panthers reportedly offered a pair of third round picks, a fifth round pick and forward Jimmy Hayes.
Jun 28 - 12:07 PM

Panthers GM Dale Tallon said that his team will continue building their roster with young players.

"We’re going to go young and see what’s available July 1 [first day of the free agency signing period]," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "I like young teams, I like young players. We have some good young players in our system and we’re going to give them an opportunity. I think that’s the direction we need to go in. My goal is to have 20 guys on our team that are all drafts of ours. I don’t think that can happen, but that’s the goal." Florida currently holds the 11th overall pick in next week's NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 21 - 11:07 AM

The Florida Panthers believe they're on the cusp of something big.

"We’ve got a good young corps, so we feel that with this draft we can take that final step and add one more final piece to the core that will be our core for hopefully close to the next 10 years," Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce said. With the 11th overall pick in this month's Entry Draft, "We view this as one of the last pieces that we’re going to acquire at the draft that could really help us get to the next level." With an intriguing mix of young and veteran talent throughout the lineup, the Panthers appear to be set to make their ascent soon.
Jun 12 - 7:08 PM

The Panthers are very well represented in the medal rounds of the IIHF World Hockey Championships taking place currently in the Czech Republic.

Jaromir Jagr is leading the home Czech squad against Canada in a semi-final game Saturday. Rookie phenom Aaron Ekblad will be manning the blueline for Canada. While Dmitry Kulikov will be playing for the Russians against the Americans in the other semi-final game. The Panthers' strong presence at the IIHF tourney is a testament to how GM Dale Tallon has rebuilt the Florida franchise. He has players good enough to play at the World Championships, but not good enough to lead the Panthers to the NHL playoffs.
May 16 - 10:58 AM

Gerard Gallant was disappointed with the officiating in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal.

After Montreal scored a power play goal to win the game in OT, Gallant followed the officials off the ice to give them an earful. "I thought we battled hard, played hard and to get just one power play was disappointing," said Gallant. The call [on Trocheck] was probably the [right] call, but when you don't call it all night that's disappointing." The Panthers trail the Bruins by four points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Mar 29 - 10:17 AM

The Florida Panthers held tryouts on Monday for the chance to serve as the team's backup practice goalie for a day.

Florida lost Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya to injury during a March 3 game against Toronto, which inspired the competition. They received more than 1,500 applications from 42 states and 15 countries. Bill Ruggiero and Dustin Smith will battle it out in a shootout during the first intermission on Tuesday night when the Panthers host Montreal.
Mar 17 - 9:22 AM

Florida didn't make any moves on trade deadline day.

"We looked at certain possibilities with certain teams for certain players," GM Dale Tallon. "We knew going into today it would be a quiet day. We like the position we're in. Obviously, we were looking to see if we could help our offense but it's hard to do." The Panthers did manage to bring in Jaromir Jagr last week without disrupting team chemistry, so they didn't come up empty-handed.
Mar 3 - 10:09 AM

Gerard Gallant wasn't pleased with his team's effort in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Ottawa.

"I didn’t like our game at all. We didn’t play well at all, we didn’t work hard, we didn’t compete hard, and it was the longest night for me behind the Florida bench this year," Gallant said. "We had a few chances in the first period, and I thought Ottawa played well and they moved the puck, but we didn’t have any work ethic, and I thought we played a real poor game." With a win, the Panthers would have pulled one point ahead of the Boston Bruins for the final Wild Card spot in the East.
Feb 22 - 12:14 PM

Panthers GM Dale Tallon would like to add a scoring winger, but right now he's not willing to trade young assets.

"Not yet, I don't think. We still have some holes to fill. We still have some kids that we're really happy and high on, still kids to sign that are in college and juniors," Tallon said. "So all the pieces aren't together yet. When we get to that point, then those assets will be valuable to get maybe the one guy that can put us over the top." He is hoping to deal some veterans at the trade deadline to free up roster spots for more young players.
Feb 18 - 10:44 AM

Florida's power play went three-for-eight in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Anaheim.

The Panthers have been much better with the man advantage of late. They have recorded eight power-play goals in the last eight games after scoring 17 in the first 44. Coach Gerard Gallant is using four forwards (Nick Bjugstad, Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Jimmy Hayes) on his top unit along with rookie blueliner Aaron Ekblad.
Feb 12 - 11:29 AM

The Florida Panthers will announce that former Philadelphia Flyers president Peter Luukko will join the organization on Friday.

He will serve as the team's executive chairman, where he will help out Dale Tallon in hockey operations and help team president and CEO Rory Babich on the business end.
Feb 6 - 11:07 AM

Florida featured new power-play combinations in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Detroit and they seemed to work.

Both units featured four forwards and one defenseman and the Panthers scored three times on five opportunities in the contest. Aleksander Barkov, Brandon Pirri and Nick Bjugstad scored with the man advantage to give Florida's struggling power play a boost. The Cats jumped from 29th in the league to 27th thanks to Tuesday's success.

Florida has recorded one power-play goal in their last 19 opportunities.

The Panthers have one marker with the man advantage in their last seven matches and it belongs to rookie Aaron Ekblad. The team has struggled mightily on the power play this season, ranking 29th in the league with a 13.2 success rate (17 goals on 129 chances).
Jan 19 - 9:45 AM

Gerard Gallant was not impressed with his team's performance in their 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton.

"We had a real bad game again tonight," said Gallant. "Got outworked in every aspect of the game. [Goalie Roberto Luongo] bailed us out to get that one point. We were definitely not good enough." The Panthers have lost three games in a row, and have scored a total of six goals in those games.
Jan 18 - 9:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Rocco Grimaldi
6Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Quinton Howden
5Connor Brickley
6Lawson Crouse
7Garrett Wilson
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Vincent Trocheck
4Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Dylan Olsen
7Alex Petrovic
8Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya