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:
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.
On Frozen Pond. George Richards breaks the news.
Harvey Fialkov from the Sen-Sentinel.
Jame’s O Brien from Pro Hockey Talk.
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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