The Kevin Dineen era in Florida Panthers history has ended.
General manager Dale Tallon fired Dineen on Friday, hours after the Panthers lost their seventh straight game. Assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsey were also relieved of their duties.
Peter Horachek will take over as interim coach. Horachek has been serving as coach of the Panthers' AHL affiliate in San Antonio.
The Panthers are currently 3-9-4 this season and sit in seventh place in the Atlantic Division.
“After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” said Tallon. “We have not met the expectations that we set forth at training camp and it is my responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure that our club performs at its maximum potential. We thank Kevin, Gord and Craig for their hard work and dedication to our organization and the professionalism that they displayed throughout their tenure.”
Dineen led the Panthers to the NHL Playoffs in his first year as coach in 2011-12. The team failed to reach the postseason at the end of the 2012-13 season.