NHL: Kevin Dineen fired as Florida Panthers coach

Last Updated: 09/11/13 8:29am

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Kevin Dineen: Out in Florida after awful start to the season

Kevin Dineen: Out in Florida after awful start to the season

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The Florida Panthers have fired coach Kevin Dineen after making a poor start to the 2013-14 season.

Dineen had been with the Panthers since 2011 but a seven-game losing streak and overall record of 3-9-4 forced general manager Dale Tallon to make a move.

Peter Horachek has been placed in temporary charge, assisted by Brian Skrudland and John Madden.

Dineen's first season ended in a Southeast Division title, but the Panthers sunk to the bottom of the standings last year with an NHL-worst 15-27-6 record.

And little had improved at the start of this season, with the Panthers sitting on a league-worst minus-25 goal differential.

Tallon said: "After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction.

"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 our club performs at its maximum potential."

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