Florida Panthers fire head coach Kevin Dineen, assistants

The Florida Panthers fired head coach Kevin Dineen (above) and assistant coaches Gord Murphy and...

The Florida Panthers fired head coach Kevin Dineen (above) and assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay. (Reuters)

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:04 AM ET

OTTAWA - The Florida Panthers will have a new look behind the bench in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.

Head coach Kevin Dineen, a former Senators winger and Ottawa native, was fired Friday morning along with assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay after the club’s 3-9-4 start.

The Panthers are No. 14 in the East.

Peter Horachek, head coach of the Panthers’ AHL affiliate in San Antonio, will take over behind the bench. He is scheduled to be on the ice this afternoon at 2 p.m. EST when Florida holds its practice at the University of Ottawa.

Scouts Brian Skrudland and John Madden have been installed as assistant coaches.

"This is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make," general manager Dale Tallon said on a conference call Friday morning. He added he's been "stewing with this for a long time."

Dineen will be offered the chance to stay with the organization.

"This is the first of many changes we're making," Tallon added.

As QMI Agency reported last month, the Panthers have offered pretty much every player on their roster – with the exception of its young players – up for trade.

Horachek is being brought in on an interim basis.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

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