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Q&A with Bill Zito, the new GM of the Florida Panthers

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Panthers GM Bill Zito

Bill Zito was officially named the new GM of the Florida Panthers history Wednesday morning but he was informed of the team’s decision the day before.

He swears he kept it to himself.

Well, save for telling his family and perhaps a few close friends. That was the extent of it.

“I was under strict orders not to say anything from the Army guys,” Zito joked.

Well, look who is talking now.

Zito has been inundated with interview requests and has been sought out by personnel from the Panthers as well as those from around the hockey world since he took over for Dale Tallon as the Panthers’ new GM.

Thursday afternoon, Zito spoke to FloridaHockeyNow.com in a wide-ranging conversation.

Among the topics discussed: Zito’s thoughts on the offer sheet, reuniting with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, and his kids quickly warming to the idea of moving to South Florida.

It sounds like the Zitos have a few road trips up to Disney World in their future.

Not that he has any spare time right now.

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