Coaches don’t last very long with the Florida Panthers. This morning, the club fired head coach Kevin Dineen in its first attempt to revive a (3-9-4) beginning to the 2013-14 NHL season. Dineen becomes the fifth Panthers’ bench boss to inherit relief of his duties over the last 10-years. Maybe it’s not the coach?
Dineen’s coaching record in Florida is a modest (56-61-28) given the hand he was dealt. To his credit, he stands alone as the only coach to lead the organization to a playoff birth since the year 2000. As you can see, Dineen is not the first to struggle behind the Panthers’ bench.
Panthers GM, Dave Tallon, explained his reasoning behind Dineen’s termination:
“After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction. 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.”
Assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsey were also fired by the Panthers.
The Panthers have named Peter Horachek interim head coach. Horachek has paid his dues in the organization as coach of the club’s AHL affiliate the San Antonio Rampage.