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Florida Panthers fire Kevin Dineen, assistant coaches


The Florida Panthers have made changes behind the bench.

Kevin Dineen has been relieved of his head coaching duties, along with assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay. Goaltender coach Robb Tallas, video coach Jason Cipolla, and strength and conditioning coach Craig Slaunwhite will remain with the Panthers.

According to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, Peter Horachek will be the team’s interim head coach, with former Panthers Brian Skrudland and John Madden coming in as assistants.

The Panthers currently sit 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 3-9-4 record, and they’re in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, though four of those have come in overtime or a shootout.

Dineen is the second NHL coach fired this season, joining former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.

A change in philosophy and direction was needed, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a press release.

“We have not met the expectations that we set forth at training camp and it is my responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure that our club performs at its maximum potential. We thank Kevin, Gord and Craig for their hard work and dedication to our organization and the professionalism that they displayed throughout their tenure.”

Dineen was in his third season as the head coach in Florida, finishing with a 56-62-28 record in 146 games.

As a rookie head coach in 2011-12, Dineen led the Panthers to their first playoff appearance since the 1999-2000 season, earning the only division championship in franchise history. They fell to the New Jersey Devils in the first round, though it came in double overtime in Game 7.

However, the Panthers couldn’t regain their form after that, and now Dineen has paid the price with his job.

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