Give Panthers general manager Dale Tallon props. The architect of the
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Leafs on the rise
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The Maple Leafs, who have not made the playoffs since 2003-04, are the most surprising team behind the breakout year of
On the other end of the spectrum are the disappointing
Expect Columbus to eventually heat up, while Toronto should be in the hunt all season behind Kessel.
Leafs change colors
The biggest surprise in the NHL is the Maple Leafs, who have been near the top of the Northeast Division on the strength of Phil Kessel's hot start. Kessel has 16 goals and 30 points, silencing some of the critics who ripped general manager Brian Burke for giving two first-round picks and a second-rounder to the
The biggest disappointment? The
In a sunshine state
As the architect of the Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup championship team, Dale Tallon knows how to build a winner. Now Tallon is plying his trade in South Florida, and the Panthers GM has put together a ragtag group that leads the Southeast Division.
Tallon snagged Kris Versteeg from the
Despite the talent of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and