Peter Horachek Hired as Florida Panthers Head Coach

Doug Pensinger

Congratulations go out to Peter Horacheck, longtime Nashville Predators assistant coach, who takes over this morning as head coach of the Florida Panthers, following the dismissal of Kevin Dineen and his staff. George Richards of the Miami Herald has the story:

Dineen was replaced by Peter Horachek, a former Nashville assistant who has been coaching Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio. Horachek will be assisted by former Florida center John Madden and former Florida captain Brian Skrudland.

Horachek is on his way to Ottawa and is expected to run this afternoon's practice in advance of his NHL head coaching debut tomorrow afternoon against the Senators.

Recall that Mike Santos, formerly part of the Nashville front office, is the Panthers' assistant GM. If Florida shakes up their roster, are there deals to be made with the Preds? You've got to wish the best of luck to Horachek, whose firing last May came as a surprise, followed up shortly thereafter by the hiring of Phil Housley.

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