Nov 21, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Florida Panthers head coach Peter Horacheck on the bench in the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Chris Austin-USA TODAY Sports

Peter Horachek Fired as Florida Panthers Coach

The Florida Panthers will be looking for a head coach during the offseason after relieving Peter Horacheck of his coaching duties Tuesday.

Former Nashville Predators assistant coach Peter Horachek received his first opportunity to be a interim head coach of an NHL program when he took the job with the Florida Panthers. However, Horacheck did not have a solid team to work with and the only top spot the Panthers earned was the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.

“We probably need someone with more NHL coaching experience heading down the road,” Florida General Manager Dale Tallon told The Miami Herald. “The past few coaches we’ve had have had no NHL coaching experience and as a group we needed to find someone with more coaching experience. We’re going to identify the guys who are available and find the guy who has the most experience probably.’’

Not surprisingly, the Miami Herald also reports that former Nashville head coach Barry Trotz is at the top of the list for Florida. With Trotz’s experience, this is an option for the Panthers.

Will Florida be the next spot for Trotz? We’ll have to wait and see. Trotz is the only coach available right now who could decide his own destination. Washington seems like a better fit for him, and after the season ends we will know more of what is available.


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