Tag:Peter DeBoer
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Report: Dineen in as Panthers coach

Former NHL forward Kevin Dineen, who has spent the last five season coaching the AHL’s Portland Pirates, has reportedly been hired to fill the Florida Panthers' vacant head coach position.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Tuesday afternoon that Dineen will replace Pete DeBoer, who was let go at the end of the regular season. The Sun-Sentinel reported that a news conference will be held at the BankAtlantic Center on Wednesday.

Dineen played 19 seasons in the NHL with four different organizations. His best season came in 1988-89 with the Whalers when he scored 45 goals and had 44 assists for Hartford.

The Panthers are entering what is sure to be a busy few weeks that began with re-signing Jack Skille earlier this week.

-- A.J. Perez

Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 12:20 pm
 

DeBoer fired by Panthers after three seasons



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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