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Report: Penguins consider adding Tallon to front office

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Pittsburgh is exploring the possibility of hiring former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon to assist Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.

Tallon is a candidate to join Pittsburgh "in some capacity," sources told The Athletic's Rob Rossi.

The Panthers and the 70-year-old agreed to part ways in August following the club's qualifying-round loss to the New York Islanders.

Less than three weeks later, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the league was investigating Tallon for his conduct in the Toronto bubble, and It was reported the longtime executive was being probed for making racially insensitive remarks on multiple occasions. However, Tallon's departure from the Panthers reportedly had nothing to do with his alleged comments.

He believed the inquiry centered around observations he made about Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, who is Filipino Canadian. The NHL has not provided an update on the situation since confirming the investigation on Aug. 28.

Tallon spent 10 years with the Panthers after serving as GM of the Chicago Blackhawks from 2005-09.

The Penguins hired Trevor Daley - who won two championships with Pittsburgh - as a hockey operations advisor after the blue-liner retired Monday. The team fired assistant GM Jason Karmanos earlier in the day.

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