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Kevin Dineen Fired As Florida Panthers Coach

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that head coach Kevin Dineen, assistant coach Gord Murphy and assistant coach Craig Ramsay have been relieved of their coaching duties. Goalie coach Robb Tallas, video coach Jason Cipolla and strength and conditioning coach Craig Slaunwhite will remain on the staff.

“After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” said Tallon. “We have not met the expectations that we set forth at training camp and it is my responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure that our club performs at its maximum potential. We thank Kevin, Gord and Craig for their hard work and dedication to our organization and the professionalism that they displayed throughout their tenure.”


added 11:38am,

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that Peter Horachek has been named the club’s new interim head coach. In addition, the team announced that both Brian Skrudland and John Madden will join the Panthers staff as assistant coaches.

“Peter is a bright hockey mind who brings to our club a wealth of coaching knowledge,” said Tallon. “He is a focused, determined and demanding coach who has experienced great success at all levels of competition. Both Brian and John are proven winners who won multiple Stanley Cups and are individuals that our players know very well. With these additions, we are confident that we have a staff that will work tirelessly to bring continued success to our organization.”

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via Craig Custance tweet,

Along with the promotion of Peter Horachek to interim coach, Panthers announce new staff includes Brian Skrudland and John Madden.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/08/13 at 11:03 AM ET


This news just solidifies the fact that anytime a GM says the coach is fine, they should go a head and start packing their bags.

Posted by HOCKEY30 on 11/08/13 at 11:26 AM ET


Tallon was hampered by the previous owners cash problems and couldn’t get premium UFAs during the summer. He brought in some good guys on the cheap; Winchester, Boyes and Gomez have played well. The defense is real weak, that has been the real problem. They can’t get the puck out of their own end. The new owner wants results, can’t blame him and Dineen pays for it.

Posted by Puckbubba on 11/08/13 at 01:40 PM ET

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