The Toughest Front Office In The League?
June 5, 2017, 1:15 PM ET [10 Comments]
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With Shawn Thornton now an executive with the Florida Panthers as the Vice President of Business Operations, the front office has a new look. Certainly he will help with creating excitement and ticket sales for the organization.
Thornton will be working with Panthers President and CEO, Matt Caldwell, as an understudy as he learns the ropes of what goes on behind the scenes.
Then came word that Chris Pronger has interest in joining the Panthers to work directly with GM Dale Tallon. Pronger has been working in the NHL's Department of Player Safety, the same department that helped Brendan Shanahan become an executive.
One would be hard pressed to find two tougher players than Thornton and Pronger. Their careers were full of crushing hits and landed punches. Such presence in the executive ranks would serve this young team well from a mentorship standpoint.
While Tallon waits for the Stanley Cup Finals to be over to speak with Nashville's assistant coach Phil Housley about Florida's head coaching vacancy, another popular name has popped up as further help to the Panthers organization, especially on defense.
Larry Robinson, who has been behind the bench in San Jose as an assistant coach since 2012, is now a free agent and is looking for work. While he still has passion for the game he no longer wants to be behind the bench.
He has a home in South Florida and there has been much speculation recently that he would be joining the Panthers to be a mentor to the team's defensive unit. Jean-Charles Lajoie of 91.9 FM tweeted that a deal with Florida was imminent and further reported he would work in Sunrise with the team only and not travel.
Even with the specifics of this report, Robinson tweeted essentially the report was untrue, although that tweet has been removed. Hmmm...
The Panthers have not confirmed any communication with Robinson.
On paper it would seem to be a perfect fit for him at this stage in his life. If it were to pan out, the addition of Thornton and potential additions of Housley, Pronger, and Robinson to the fold would give this club a much needed facelift that demands respect.
One thing is for sure...
...keep your head on a swivel at the office water cooler.