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From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,
There could be a good reason the Panthers have been so patient in selecting a new head coach: One of their leading candidates is still working.
Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Andre Savard, who has been an NHL head coach and general manager and is a close friend of Panthers GM Jacques Martin, has emerged as a top candidate for the Florida vacancy, according to several league sources.
Savard was also rumored earlier this month in a report from Bruce Garrioch (previously cited here on KK). Other names in the mix include former Panthers coach Doug MacLean, current NYR assistant Perry Pearn, Pat Quinn, Pat Burns, Joel Quenneville and AHL Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth.
The Florida Panthers announced Friday that Jacques Martin has reached an agreement to remain with the team as the club’s general manager through the 2011-2012 season.
from Bruce Garrioch at Off the Posts,
The talk is Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin is going to turn to an old friend for the coaching post in the Sunshine State.
Sources told me today that Pittsburgh Penguins assistant Andre Savard has emerged as one of the top candidates for the vacant coaching post with the Panthers.
a little more...
from the Palm Beach Post,
Two promising and qualified candidates for the Panthers’ coaching job emerged this week when former Toronto coach and general manager Pat Quinn and current New York Rangers assistant coach Perry Pearn expressed interest in the job.
Quinn and Pearn both told The Palm Beach Post that they have enjoyed a close working relationship with Panthers GM Jacques Martin and would relish the challenge of ending the team’s eight-year playoff drought.
From the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with RW Wade Belak and C Kamil Kreps. In addition, the club has agreed to terms with D Luke Beaverson on an entry level contract.
from the Palm Beach Post,
The only man who has coached the Panthers to a victory in the playoffs is interested in returning to his old job.
Doug MacLean, who guided the Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final in his first season and also made the playoffs in his other full season in Florida, said today he would like to return to coaching and hopes to talk to General Manager Jacques Martin about the Florida vacancy.
from the Miami Herald,
Jacques Martin told the South Florida media Tuesday afternoon he would return to the Florida Panthers as its general manager.
Martin spoke publicly for the first time since owner Alan Cohen revealed that Martin would not be serving as Panthers coach in 2008-09. Martin had been the Panthers’ coach the past three seasons and had served as both general manager and coach for the past two.
‘‘My intentions are to remain as general manager of the Panthers,’’ he said. ``It’s important to let you know that today. I’m excited to continue my work with the organization.’‘
from the Palm Beach Post,
As another day ticked by Monday without a decision from Jacques Martin about his future, some NHL sources believe Martin is buying time while investigating the possibility of finding a coaching job somewhere outside Florida.
Majority Owner Alan Cohen gave Martin the nebulous deadline of sometime this week to accept his offer to stay with the Panthers as general manager, but Justin Copertino, the team’s communications manager, said there was no firm deadline.
“It’s not even 10 days since the last game of the season,” Copertino said. “I think Alan is willing to give Jacques however much time he needs.”
from Ethan Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,
Yet it is reasonable to wonder whether Martin, who didn’t work out as the last coach, is the ideal guy to pick the next one.
Will he recognize that a still-young team could benefit from a young, energetic voice? A communicator? Someone with a style and philosophy quite unlike his own? And if he does hire such a person, who works so differently, how will they work together? Will they co-exist? Clash? Will Cohen regret the creation of another unconventional and potentially uncomfortable structure?
We’ve seen this show before, after all.
So Panthers fans have just cause for concern whenever Cohen makes a move, even if he seems to have just cause to make it.
If Martin stays on as GM, I wonder if Pat Quinn would be considered for the coaching job.
from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Just got off the phone with Joe Nieuwendyk who resigned from his post with the Panthers on Wednesday….
Today, Joe was nothing but complimentary about the Panthers. Here are some of the things Joe told me today. As always, more tomorrow in The Herald…
“It’s true I have decided not to return next season. I’m going to step back and decide what me and the wife are going to do. There are some personal reasons involved. I’m not going to comment about a blog that says I’m not happy with Jacques. These guys gave me an opportunity to stay in hockey. I’ll always appreciate that….”
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