Dale Tallon is working his magic again. And he's being rewarded for it.
Tallon, the lead architect of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team, received an extension from the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. It's believed to be a three-year extension.
Tallon took over as GM of the Panthers in 2010 after being "re-assigned" within the Hawks' organization after their now infamous qualifying offer snafu. He was replaced by Stan Bowman.
In Tallon's second season in charge of the Panthers, the team ended a 10-year playoff drought and won a division title for the first time in franchise history with ex-Hawks Kris Versteeg and Brian Campbell leading the way. The Panthers lost to the eventual Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils in seven games in the first round.
"I'm elated, over the moon for this,'' Tallon told the Miami Herald. "I couldn't see myself working for anyone else. ... I want to be here forever. I'm still a young man. I'm fit, willing and able. I like it here, I like Florida, I like [team owner] Cliff Viner and I like working with this organization.
"We have a long way to go, but I'm excited about our future. I don't want to be any other place. This is a thrill. I'm proud as hell to be a Florida Panther.''
Tallon, the Hawks' GM from 2005 to 2009, will be in Las Vegas later this month for the NHL awards. He is a finalist for the GM of the Year award.