DeBoer fired by Panthers after three seasons
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 12:20 pm
Peter DeBoer’s tenure as the Florida Panthers coach has ended after three mostly disappointing seasons, the club announced Sunday.
DeBoer compiled a 103-107-36 record behind the Panthers’ bench and never led the team to the playoffs. The Panthers, who finished in the East basement, have now gone 10 consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance.
"These decisions are always tough to make, but we felt strongly that it was the right time to make a change," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon in a statement. "We need to go in a new direction with a fresh approach and philosophy as it relates to our head coaching position. The entire Panthers organization would like to thank Peter for his hard work and service to this franchise and wish him all the best in the future."
DeBoer addressed his future after his team’s 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
“I was just trying to get a win,” DeBoer told reporters after the game. “We talked about this. I had a lot of time for this to sink in. It’s not like you’re dealing with it overnight. Again, we got the guys ready to play. I thought they played right to the buzzer of the last game.”
The Panthers will also have to figure out if and how they can keep another pillar of the team this offseason as goalie Tomas Vokoun becomes an unrestricted free agent.
-- A.J. Perez and Erin Brown
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