The Peter DeBoer era is over in the Sunshine State.
The Florida Panthers fired their coach Sunday after a dismal season which saw them finish dead last in the Eastern Conference standings with a
30-40-12 record. The Panthers closed out the season with a 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals Saturday but it wasnĻt enough to save DeBoer's job.
"These decisions are always tough to make, but we felt strongly that it was the right time to make a change," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said on the team's website. "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 was hired by the Panthers three years ago after putting together an impressive resume in junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers and Plymouth Whalers. But his magic didn't make the move to south Florida - in three seasons with the Panthers he was 103-107-36.
The Panthers never made the playoffs under his command and haven't been to the post-season in 10 years.
DeBoer was the second NHL coach to be canned over the weekend. The Ottawa Senators gave Cory Clouston his walking papers Saturday.