Firing Gallant a Bad Precedent

Well, after a week that felt like an eternity, the Florida Panthers are off and running under new Head Coach Tom Rowe. By now, you are no doubt familiar with the rather unceremonious departure of Gerard Gallant, along with Assistant Coach Mike Kelly. The rationale and motivations for the move have been infinitely sliced and diced since, and no matter how anyone feels about it, life...
Via The Hockey Writers
20 hours ago

Condon, Senators blank Panthers 2-0

Offensive struggles continue to hamstring Cats Mike Condon made twenty-four saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 2-0 win over the Florida Panthers at Canadian Tire Center on Saturday night. The loss dropped the Cats record to 1-2-1 on its current six-game road trip that still has stops to make in Boston and Philadelphia. Ottawa scored twice in a 19-second span of the first period...
Via Little Box Cats
22 hours ago

WATCH: Don Cherry sounds off on Florida Panthers firing Gerard Gallant

Don Cherry has never been afraid to share his opinions and he didn’t hold back while discussing the Florida Panthers firing Gerard Gallant. The firing took the NHL by surprise and completed what many believe was the Panthers’ move to a more analytical system despite the fact Gallant was a Jack Adams finalist last season. How did Cherry feel about the decision? He wasn’t a...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

LBC GameDay Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators

3 of possible 4 points in past two has new coach Tom Rowe on early positive track Panthers (12-10-2 26P) at Senators (14-8-2 30P) . WHEN: 7:00 p.m. ET - LBC GameThread right here at 6:30ish WHERE: Canadian Tire Centre - Kanata, ON ON THE TUBE: FOX Sports Florida, CITY, TVAS ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM, 640 WMEN GOODIES: Panthers Holiday Plan deal (more) SOCIALS...
Via Little Box Cats
1 day ago

Panthers adjust to new coach with Senators awaiting

OTTAWA -- When the Florida Panthers visited Canadian Tire Centre on Nov. 19, they left with a healthy 4-1 victory. Since then they have grabbed seven of an available 12 points around the firing of coach Gerard Gallant. Under his successor, Tom Rowe, the Panthers (12-10-2) have lost a 2-1 shootout in Chicago and scored a 2-1 overtime victory in Detroit. So far, life is moving...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

THW Live: Goldstein on Gallant’s Florida Vacation

The first team to make an in-season coaching change in 2016-17? The Florida Panthers, who relieved Gerard Gallant of his duties less than a full season after he guided them to 47 wins, 103 points and an Atlantic Division regular-season title a year ago. Jack Eichel has returned from his severe ankle sprain and the Buffalo Sabres are already benefitting from having him in the lineup...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 days ago

Panthers Looking to Take Big Step Forward

Will coaching change get the team to the playoffs? It's a story so weird, even non-fans of hockey are aware that it happened. The Florida Panthers literally dumped coach Gerard Gallant on the side of the road after a 3-2 loss in Carolina to the Hurricanes. The news broke when Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly were spotted waiting for a taxi outside of PNC Arena after the game...
Via Little Box Cats
2 days ago

Gallant Wasn’t Panthers’ Problem

By now, you’ve probably seen the pictures. The image of the Panthers firing Gerard Gallant and leaving him behind on the road is going to linger over that franchise for a while. — Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) November 28, 2016 In the evening hours of Sunday, November 27, Gerard Gallant stood outside the PNC Arena. Baggage in tow, the now-former head...
Via The Hockey Writers
3 days ago

Blackhawks fans engage in makeout session behind Joel Quenneville (vid)

A couple of Chicago Blackhawks fans seated behind their favorite NHL team’s bench couldn’t keep their eyes focused on the on-ice action and instead engaged in a pretty hot-and-heavy makeout session. And Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, separated by a mere foot or two along with some plexiglass, was none the wiser. The very-public-display-of-very-intense-affection occurred...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo was a good sport after getting roasted in shootout

Roberto Luongo is a funny personality in the NHL. He always knows how to keep everything light-hearted and frame it all as a game. After getting taken down in a shootout Tuesday during a 2-1 loss to the Penguins, he was able to bring a little self-deprecating humor to Twitter. Artemi Panarin turns him absolutely inside out. John Buccigross, the Sportscenter anchor and noted hockey...
Via Puck Drunk Love
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Now with new coach, Panthers feel determined to get better

CHICAGO (AP) -- New Florida coach Tom Rowe met with captain Derek MacKenzie and the rest of the Panthers' leadership on Monday. He talked to the whole team on Tuesday.Rowe knows Gerald Gallant is well-liked in Florida's locker room, and he wanted to be as transparent as possible on why the coach was let go just 22 games into the season."I came in and I told them, I said `Listen,...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Making sense of Florida Panthers firing Gerard Gallant, which NHL coach could be next

The Florida Panthers stunned the hockey world on Sunday amid reports of head coach Gerard Gallant being fired. Coming off a surprise 47-win, 103-point season and a Jack Adams nomination in 2015-16, Gallant’s job appeared safe. But despite the relative absurdity of firing a coach coming off a great season (and currently one game over .500 this season), there is a method behind...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers fire head coach Gerard Gallant

From being a Jack Adams award finalist to fired in less than a year, Gerard Gallant may have had one of the worst swings in NHL coaching history. He just took a moribund franchise to the playoffs for the first time in a decade plus and he has now been shown the door by the Florida Panthers. What exactly did he do to deserve such a firing? To put it simply, Gallant was in the wrong...
Via Puck Drunk Love
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers reportedly relieve coach Gerard Gallant of duties 22 games into season

A person familiar with the decision says the Florida Panthers have fired coach Gerard Gallant.The move was made Sunday night after the Panthers' 3-2 loss at Carolina. The Panthers fell to 11-10-1 through 22 games, good for only 10th in the Eastern Conference.Tom Rowe, who was promoted to general manager before the season, will assume the coaching duties, said the source who spoke...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

AP Source: Panthers fire coach Gerard Gallant

A person familiar with the decision says the Florida Panthers have fired coach Gerard Gallant. The move was made Sunday night after the Panthers' 3-2 loss at Carolina. The Panthers fell to 11-10-1 through 22 games, good for only 10th in the Eastern Conference. Tom Rowe, who was promoted to general manager before the season, will assume the coaching duties, said the source who...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers honor Jose Fernandez with helmet decals

Jose Fernandez’s impact went far beyond the baseball world. The Florida Panthers will honor Fernandez during their season opener against the New Jersey Devils by wearing custom No. 16 decals on their helmets. Fernandez wore number 16 during his four seasons in the big leagues. Tonight, we honor José. #JDF16 — Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) October...
Via The Comeback
October 13, 2016  |  Discuss

The Florida Panthers are using Uber to try to get more fans to actually come to games

Attendance can be the bane of a professional sports teams existence in a sun belt market. When you have sun and good weather, it is tough to find an excuse to head to a game. It becomes amplified times ten when you’re a fledgling hockey team in a warm weather market like the Florida Panthers. Sometimes for the Panthers, trying to get fans to come out to their games has been an...
Via The Comeback
October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

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