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Report: Dineen in as Panthers coach

Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 6:57 pm

Former NHL forward Kevin Dineen, who has spent the last five season coaching the AHL’s Portland Pirates, has reportedly been hired to fill the Florida Panthers' vacant head coach position.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Tuesday afternoon that Dineen will replace Pete DeBoer, who was let go at the end of the regular season. The Sun-Sentinel reported that a news conference will be held at the BankAtlantic Center on Wednesday.

Dineen played 19 seasons in the NHL with four different organizations. His best season came in 1988-89 with the Whalers when he scored 45 goals and had 44 assists for Hartford.

The Panthers are entering what is sure to be a busy few weeks that began with re-signing Jack Skille earlier this week.

-- A.J. Perez

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Report: Dineen in as Panthers coach

Had some good AHL coaching years.    Didn't see this move coming with all the other connections to Tallon on the market, Dale prefers his buddies over skill and/or experience, don't know the connection.   My guess is they couldn't pay the top candidates market value, and Dale's buddies, Torchetti and Haviland (among a few others) were probably worth more.   Dineen was an awesome Whaler, has his number retired and I think he had a few good years in Phi under his old man.   Hung around the league for a long time, good coach/mentor type most of his career when he was a player.  

Should be good having a guy like that with all the new kids, got arrested a couple years ago, alcohol related but don't remember the specifics, but I don't think it was anything he should have been tasered for.    Expert in handling arrests, should have to deal with a few with all the kids running around Miami with more money than they know what to do with.    That's another coaching hire out of the way for next year.    Glad Haviland is still in Chicago.    Always liked Dineen, hope Tallon doesn't set him up to fail like he did with Yawney a few years ago, probably killed Yawney's chances of getting a top spot for a long time yet.

Busy week for Dale, traded Frolik for his no.7 overall pick near-bust and signed him for 2 years.    Wouldn't be surprised to see Tallon move the roster a little more the couple weeks before the draft.  

I'm sure Panther fans are dancing in the streets.   In the meantime, good luck to the former Whaler great.

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