Florida Panthers defeat Ottawa Senators, fire assistant GM Mike Santos

The Panthers front office was shook up a little Tuesday as assistant general manager Mike Santos was told he wouldn’t be returning next season.

General manager Dale Tallon said before Florida’s 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Senators that Santos, his assistant GM since 2010, would not have his contract renewed and was free to find employment elsewhere.

Santos has been general manager of Florida’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio and was instrumental in the team’s handling of contracts and bringing in a number of free agents.

“I thought about it long and hard,’’ Tallon said. “I feel we need to go in a different direction, I need a different set of eyes, another opinion, different ideas. It was a tough decision, have gone back-and-forth the past couple months.’’

With Tallon scouting last week, Santos traveled with the Panthers on their West Coast road trip.

Tallon, who lives next door to Santos off Fort Lauderdale beach, informed him of the news on Tuesday morning. Tallon said the move was made now — Santos is signed with the Panthers through June 30 — so he could potentially find work elsewhere before the NHL draft.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/26/4019144/florida-panthers-assistant-gm.html#storylink=cpy

Leave a Reply