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NHL notes: Dineen expected to become Panthers coach

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

The Florida Panthers are expected to announce Wednesday that Kevin Dineen is their new coach.

He has spent the past six seasons coaching the AHL's Portland Pirates.

Dineen, who was selected 56th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1982 draft, played 18 years in the NHL, collecting 355 goals and 405 assists in 1,188 games.

The Sun-Sentinel, which disclosed that the Panthers would hold a press conference Wednesday, said John Torchetti, the Atlanta Thrashers associate coach, also was a frontrunner.

Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland also was considered.

Peter DeBoer was fired in April as Panthers coach.

New deal for Berglund

Forward Patrik Berglund has signed a two-year contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

"Patrik took his game to another level this season and followed it up with an outstanding performance in the world championship," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday. "We expect him to be a major component of the Blues."

Berglund, 22, set career highs with 22 goals and 30 assists this past season. He won a silver medal with Sweden at the world championship and was selected to the tournament all-star team.

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