Jan 30, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Florida Panthers head coach Peter Horachek looks on the behind the bench during a break in the action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Florida 6-3. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers fire Peter Horachek

For the second time in six months, and third in three years, the Florida Panthers are looking for a new head coach. The team announced on Tuesday that interim head coach Peter Horachek has been relieved of his duties, and will not return behind the bench in Sunrise, Fl next season.

“Peter worked very diligently since taking over as interim head coach in November, but at this time we feel that a fresh approach and a new direction is needed behind our bench,” said Panthers GM Dale Tallon in a statement released by the team.  “We will immediately begin an extensive search for a new and experienced coach for our franchise, who will guide the Panthers to future success.  We once again thank Peter for all of his hard work and service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

In 66 games as Florida’s bench boss this season, Horachek went 26-36-4. When a new coach is hired, it will be the fourth since 2011 for a franchise that is not only unstable off the ice, but on it as well.

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