SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) â€” The Florida Panthers have parted ways with interim coach Peter Horachek.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon made the announcement Tuesday, saying the dismissal was effective immediately. Horachek replaced Kevin Dineen as Panthers’ coach on Nov. 8, and Florida went 26-36-4 under him.
Horachek had been the coach of Florida’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio before being summoned to lead the Panthers.
Florida finished with the second-lowest point total in the NHL this season and missed the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons. The Panthers last won a playoff series in 1996, the year they lost to Colorado in the Stanley Cup finals.
The Panthers have had seven different coaches in their last 10 seasons, with Dineen the only one in the group to take Florida to the playoffs.
“Peter worked very diligently since taking over as interim head coach in November, but at this time we feel that a fresh approach and a new direction is needed behind our bench,” Tallon said. “We will immediately begin an extensive search for a new and experienced coach for our franchise, who will guide the Panthers to future success.”
Florida ranked 29th in the 30-team NHL in goals scored this season, was last in the league with a 10 percent power-play success rate â€” the worst percentage posted by any team since 2000-01 â€” and finished 27 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.