The Florida Panthers have fired head coach Kevin Dineen along with assistants Craig Ramsay and Gord Murphy. They’ve elevated Peter Horachek, who coaches their AHL farm team in San Antontio, as Dineen’s replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: When you can’t fire the players, you fire the coaches. It’s been rumored for several weeks the Panthers could shop some of their veterans, and GM Dale Tallon has reportedly tried to find a trade. Unfortunately, too many teams lack the cap space to make significant moves right now, leaving Tallon without a trade partner.
Besides, the only Panthers most teams have interest in are their promising youngsters like Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad. Tallon has no interest in moving them
The Panthers are a mess right now, and if they’re going to save their season Tallon had to do something. With no season-saving deal to be found, replacing the coaching staff was his only option. Time will tell if it helps.