The Florida Panthers have fired head coach Bob Boughner after two years on the job, the team announced on Sunday. "We made a tough decision today and have relieved Bob Boughner of his duties as head coach," general manager Doug Tallon said in a statement.
"We didn't meet expectations this season and share responsibility for that fact. After careful evaluation, we have determined that this is a necessary first step for our young team and we will seek to identify a transformative, experienced head coach with (a) Stanley Cup pedigree to lead our team going forward." The Panthers were 79-62-22 in Boughner's two seasons at the helm, missing the playoffs both times. This season was the 16th time in 18 seasons that Florida missed the playoffs.
Boughner's assistant, Paul McFarland, also was fired. The Panthers and Tallon will hold a news conference on Monday to address the decision and the team's outlook for the future.
--Field Level Media
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