We’ve been speculating for a while now who may become the first general manager in Las Vegas franchise history. Names like George McPhee, Dale Tallon, Scott Mellanby, and my personal favorite Jason Botterill have been tossed around by just about everyone.
However, recently I’ve begun getting the feeling The Creator and his team want someone much younger, more eager, taking a big step up, and probably someone most of us have never heard of. No one has told me anything to confirm this suspicion, but the context clues from both conversations I’ve had and attempting to read in between the lines of comments made publicly have led me to this belief.
The confirmation from the RJ that Dale Tallon was not interviewed has only beefed up my theory.
One who wasn’t contacted was Florida Panthers president Dale Tallon. ‘We never talked,’ Tallon said. ‘I know he asked my owner (Vincent Viola) for permission and he was given it. They’re both West Point guys. But I never heard from Mr. Foley.’ -Steve Carp, LVRJ
Tallon is probably the guy with the best resume to take this job. He’s got the most experience and the most success, but father time is not on his side.
Las Vegas could use a GM that’s ready to do it his way and plans on being here for a long time. Someone who has that certain look in their eye, and whose vision matches up to what The Creator and Murray Craven are looking for.
They’re all very smart and they’ve done different things for different teams. Some are strong on the (salary) cap. Some are strong when it comes to assessing talent. But they all have strong backgrounds. -The Creator
I don’t think when they make the announcement it will be as stunning as the 26 year old John Chayka getting the GM job in Arizona, but I do suspect it will resemble that more than the thought of hiring a Doug Risebrough, Don Maloney, or McPhee type.
The Creator says they are closing in and thinks they may have it announced in the next few days. The suspense is killing me!