March19, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen during the 2nd period against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Panthers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers Fire Head Coach Kevin Dineen, Assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay

The Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today via the Official Florida Panthers website that Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen, assistant coach Gord Murphy, and assistant coach Craig Ramsay have all been relieved of their coaching duties.

Dineen has been serving as the Panthers head coach since June 1, 2011. Murphy, who was entering his fourth year as assistant coach this season, has been in the position since July 6, 2010. Prior to joining the Panthers, he spent 7 years as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ramsay, who was entering his third season as assistant coach, has served in that position since July 7, 2011.

In a statement to NHL.com, Tallon explains the reason for the coaching change.

“After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” Tallon said. “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.”

The coaching change doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the Panthers recent record. So far this season, they have gone 3-9-4 in the 16 games they have played thus far, earning a mere 10 points so far this season. The Panthers currently sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference just above the Philadelphia Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres.

According to NHL.com, the Panthers have named coach Peter Horachek as the club’s interim coach. Horachek has been coaching the Panthers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

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