Since taking over as Owner in September of 2013, Vincent J. Viola has asserted what can only be described as a "Win Now" attitude. The result has been an infusion of hunger and determination both on and off the ice throughout the entire organization. From the Front Office to Hockey Operations to the Coaching and Training Staff, right down to the players - this franchise is on the upturn. When new ownership embraced existing GM Dale Tallon he wasted no time in securing new pieces for the foundation of the team. In the last five months Tallon added to the roster three very hungry early round picks in Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen and Brandon Pirri along with fan favorite and still productive franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo. Add those players to an already budding group of youngsters mixed with strong veteran leaders and the Panthers are on the right track.
As mentioned earlier, it's not just what's happening on the ice that's special. The Front Office and Hockey Ops Department have taken steps to make the game more fun for the most important people around the team - you the fans. If you're on Instagram, check out the Panthers photos from today (posted above and below) and you'll see the likes of Dale Tallon, Bill Lindsay and Nick Bjugstad making calls to season ticket holders. There's a winning attitude fueled by teamwork down in Florida right now. Watch out because the time for the Panthers is nearing. My only wish is that I were closer to appreciate it myself.
Nick Bjugstad makes calls to season ticket holders. Posted from the Florida Panthers Instagram Page.