Florida Panthers interim coach Peter Horachek has been relieved of his duties and the team is now looking for a new coach.
Panther’s general manager Dale Tallon told – it’s time to have an experienced coach.Tallon made that clear on Tuesday after Horachek fired from his duties. Like Kevin Dineen, the man he replaced in November, and Dineen’s predecessor Peter DeBoer, Horachek had never been an NHL coach before leading the Panthers.
Tallon added – he was planning on conducting an extensive search and was looking to have a new coach in place before the 2014 NHL Draft in late June at the latest. Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup as coach the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 year and was fired early this season by the Philadelphia Flyers, is on the list of candidates Tallon will be contacting.
The Panthers were 3-9-4 when Horachek replaced Dineen on Nov. 8. They went 18-15-3 in Horachek’s first 36 games but stumbled to an 8-21-1 close and ended up 29th in the NHL standings. Horachek, who ended up with a 26-36-4 record, will not be involved in the organization moving forward.