Kevin Dineen has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Florida Panthers, the team announced Friday. Also ousted are assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsey.
The team has named Peter Horachek interim head coach, with former Panthers Brian Skrudland and John Madden joining the staff as assistants. Horachek was the head coach of Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.
“After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” said general manager Dale Tallon. “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.”
Email I’ll get three weeks from now: Flyers GM Ron Hextall has issued the following statement: The Flyers have promoted Phantoms head coach and former Flyer head coach Terry Murray to be the 19th head coach in Flyers history. Joining Murray behind the bench will be former Flyers Kevin Dineen and Gord Murphy, and former Flyer head coach Craig Ramsay (Rammer, as we call him around here). Ian Laperriere will become an advanced scout for the team. Craig Berube will stay on with the organization as an assistant to special advisor to the GM, Paul Holmgren. Thank you.