Pete, Not Even The Hockey Gods Could Save You. Source: Sun-Sentinel

That Didn’t Take Long. Florida Panthers Fire Pete DeBoer!

Today’s music selection is Land Of Hopes and Dreams by Bruce Springsteen.  Obvious choice.

Less than 12 hours after winning their final game of the season by shutting out the Washington Capitals 1-0, the Florida Panthers have fired head coach Peter DeBoer. DeBoer who had one year left on his 4 year contract compiled a record of 103-107-36, as the Panthers failed to make the playoffs in any of those seasons, and this year set the record for playoff futility for not making the post season for the 10 consecutive time.

While I am not claiming to be Carnac The Magnficent:

I Really Had No Idea!

I had sent out a message on Twitter asking when we would find out the fate of the Panthers coaching staff.  This was at about 10:50 A.M.  Less than 10 minutes later, the Florida Panthers made the announcement.  I am not psychic.

And with that the search for a new head coach begins. Dale Tallon may have had his mind made up about this a long time ago, which is one reason that the move may have happened so quickly after the season. However with a “Blueprint” of what needs do be done, this move is all part of the plan to change the culture and future of the Florida Panthers organEYEzation.

Many will say that DeBoer wasn’t given anything to work with during his time here, and while that may be partly true, the team’s performance became progressively worse in each season.  This year was the worst finish in the history of the franchise as they finished last in the Eastern Conference.  A spot that will guarantee them the ability to have one of the top picks in this year’s draft.

I’ll have more analysis on this move over the next few days, as we all will make assumptions of who’s next, who we want and who we don’t want.    For more immediate analysis and commentary I’ve attached some links from others that you can read:

On Frozen Pond.  George Richards breaks the news.

Harvey Fialkov from the Sen-Sentinel.

Jame’s O Brien from Pro Hockey Talk.

TSN reports.

Here’s Pete’s final press conference after last night’s victory. On Frozen Pond.

I’ll have more on this later and during the week.

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  • SLAPSHOT1106

    PDB deserved better talent to work with, but the time is right for a change… Let Tallon have his own guy. I’m sure Tallon probably knew this before this year he was eventually going to make a coaching change. The rebuild process is a bit longer than most would like, but it’s the proper way to do it… Sell off your aging vets, acquire youth through draft picks, and build for the future…

    Grabner was an unfortunate loss, but let’s hope they learned from it. If it wasn’t for us carrying so many aging vets through pre-season, combined with not enough injuries to give Grabner a spot, we never would’ve been in the spot to have to decide to reassign him… Maybe Tallon learned from this and was even more of a reason he was so aggressive moving aging vets at the trade deadline, and even trying to move more… I think he wanted to move T-Vo too, but they waited too long and other younger goalies(Bobrovsky, Neuvirth, Crawford, Niemi, Quick, Reimer,etc) proved they could produce, thus minimizing the demand for experienced, probably over-priced goalies….

  • Frank Rekas

    Slap Shot: while it may be very true that Pete wasn’t given the tools he needed, and that Dale may have had his mind made up a long time ago, i agree….a time for a change.

    Every general manager wants to pick his own guy. No offence to Pete, he walked into a mess when he got here, and while it’s going to get cleaned up, he won’t benefit.

    We’ll see a completely different roster next season. The rebuild, because calling it anything else but would be false, is underway.