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Panthers Hires Quenneville as Head Coach

The Florida Panthers have announced that they hired former Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville.

On Sunday, the Panthers relieved Bob Boughner from head coaching duties. Boughner, 48, coach two seasons for the Panthers with a 79-62-22 record, missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs both times. This season, Florida finished with a 36-32-14 record. They missed the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference being 12 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Quenneville, 60, is the second-winningest coach in NHL history, totaling 890 wins with St. Louis, Colorado and Chicago. He won all three of his Stanley victories with Chicago in 2010,2013 and 2015, turning Chicago into a dynasty. He is one of 11 coaches in NHL history to win three Stanley Cups.

Quenneville will reunite with general manager Dale Tallon, who was general manager for Chicago from 2005 to 2009. Tallon was not there when Chicago won those titles; he was fired less than a year after hiring Quenneville. Earlier this season, Quenneville was relieved from his head coaching duties for Chicago and was replaced by AHL coach, Jeremy Colliton. The Flyers tried to hire Quenneville in December to replace Dave Hakstol but ended up hiring AHL coach, Scott Gordon.

Panthers Off-Season Plans

Sergei Bobrovsky (left) and Artemi Panarin (right) were linked to the Florida Panthers before this seasons trade deadline. (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Quenneville will have a strong offensive talent with Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Mike Hoffman and Vincent Trocheck. Florida hopes to make a big splash when free agency starts on July 1. Earlier this season, Florida was linked to Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky before the trade deadline. Both players are due to be free agents this summer. Quenneville impressive resume can convince these top players to join Florida. Don’t be surprised that Florida will be pushing to get these players signature. This is will be one of the most important off-seasons in team history. They hope to make a big push in the 2020 NHL Playoffs.

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