The Elbow staff
RALEIGH, NC – Florida Panthers president of hockey operations Dale Tallon today stood by the team's handling of Gerard Gallant's firing.
Tallon, who is serving as acting general manager until the end of the season, reiterated that the head coach was not made to call his own taxi after being fired on Sunday.
"The insinuation that we made Gerard call his own cab is just ridiculous," Tallon told reporters this afternoon. "We would never treat anyone in this organization – presently employed or otherwise – in such a poor way."
"We very kindly printed out the schedule for the nearest Greyhound bus station. I even offered to drive him there, but he said no."
A Panthers spokesman said this evening that the plan to fire Gallant after the Carolina game was made with good intentions in mind.
"The Greyhound station in Raleigh is widely regarded as one of the best in America," Will Petrovsky said. "Dale and the guys could've fired him tomorrow night in Chicago, but they didn't want him spending five hours in that place."
"But nobody is talking about that."
Tallon also said that the staff member of PNC Arena who was made to go to the local FedEx store to print out the bus schedule had since been reimbursed.
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