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Panthers won't retain interim coach Horachek

<p>The Florida Panthers will not retain interim head coach Peter Horachek.</p>

Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Florida Panthers will not retain interim head coach Peter Horachek.

Horachek took over behind the bench last November after Kevin Dineen was fired following a 3-9-4 start. He guided the Panthers to a mark of 26-36-4 over the final 66 games and the club finished only ahead of Buffalo in the Eastern Conference.

"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 general manager Dale Tallon in a statement Tuesday. "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."

Horachek was in his first season coaching the Panthers' American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, when he was promoted.

Prior to his position in San Antonio, Horachek spent nine seasons (2003-13) with the Nashville Predators, serving the last two years as associate head coach.

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