Tallon also talked about the problems coming out of Rochester, the fate of Florida's two assistant coaches and Steve Yzerman coming to Florida's other coast.
As far as the coaching thing goes, I think we'll have some news coming out in June. I would not be surprised to see two new coaches behind the bench with Pete DeBoer next season.
Here's what he had to say as he spoke to the South Florida media on a variety of subjects after his first week on the job as Panthers GM:
"I talked to Markstrom and his agent. We had good conversations.
He expressed an interest in coming over and we want to sign him. We are negotiating as we speak."
IS MARKSTROM NHL READY?
"Ability wise he's ready. It's a different style of play, not as much traffic in front of net, more physicality.
"He's going to have to adjust, get in some games in the American League. We have super goalies in Florida, so it's a perfect opportunity for him to learn the style and get in some games.
"We don't want to rush him. We want to make sure he's ready. There's nothing wrong with him playing American League games. Same thing with Niemi. It didn't hurt him to play some AHL games. Look at him now. We want to take the proper steps. It's a marathon not a sprint. We want him to develop the right path.
"It's a great situation for him and I they realize that. I would think they're look forward to coming over, but I can't speak for them.''
ON PETE DEBOER
"We talked about pretty much everything. It was a good meeting, talked all about hockey ops, players, style of play, and our philosophies. It was a lot of up-front dialog.
"I like his approach, like that he is very up front. Look at his quotes after the season. He's a stand up guy. We're going to have a good relationship.''
ON RANDY SEXTON
"Randy and I will meet at the combine in Toronto.''
ON THE FATE OF THE ASSISTANT COACHES JIM HULTON AND MIKE KITCHEN"Pete and I have a list and we're going to decide once we get together next couple of weeks and see what shakes out. We are going to discuss it and see.
"I haven't talked to either one of them. We have to make that decision in a little while.''
ON THE ROCHESTER SITUATION AND THEIR POSSIBLE FREE AGENCY IN 2010
"I will take care of that situation shortly. It was a shock to me, on my second day on job, to see that in paper. I don't do business in the newspaper. I'm looking into every situation. I'm sure we'll take good care of them.
"I've looked at it briefly. I will look at what is best for our organization and Rochester and the development of our players. Get through the combine, testing and interview. Do right thing there, then take next steps to make the organization better.''
ON STEVE YZERMAN MOVING TO AN OFFICE UP THE STREET IN TAMPA
"Class guy, great player. Did a good job with the Canadian Olympic team. I'm excited to have him there to deal with him. He's a great guy, a class act. Great addition to the position. He'll do a good job there.''