Florida Panthers Fire Interim Head Coach Peter Horachek

April 29th, 2014 by Patrick Clarke Leave a reply »

The Florida Panthers announced on Tuesday that interim head coach Peter Horachek will not return to the team in 2014-15, according to a press release on the team's official website. 

Horachek was given the interim tag and took over head coaching duties in November after Kevin Dineen was fired in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. The Panthers finished the season 26-36-4 under Horachek to conclude the year with the second-worst record in the NHL.

What's more, Florida ranked 29th in the league in goals per game (2.3) and goals against (3.2). Even worse, the Panthers ranked dead last in power play percentage (10.0) and penalty kill percentage (76.0).

Executive vice president and general manager Dale Tallon explained the decision to move in a different direction, via the team's official website:

Peter worked very diligently since taking over as interim head coach in November, but at this time we feel that a fresh approach and a new direction is needed behind our bench. We will immediately begin an extensive search for a new and experienced coach for our franchise, who will guide the Panthers to future su ...

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