NHL’s Florida Panthers Fire Coach Dineen Following 3-9-4 Start

The Florida Panthers fired head coach Kevin Dineen and assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay after starting the season 3-9-4.

The National Hockey League team says Peter Horachek will take over as the Panthers interim coach and Brian Skrudland and John Madden will join the team as assistants.

“After 16 games, it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said in a press release on the team’s website. “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.”

The Panthers are seventh in the Eastern Conference’s eight-team Atlantic Division with 10 points. Dineen has coached the Panthers since 2011.

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