Change behind the bench for the Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers reportedly fired two of their assistant coaches.

Change behind the bench for the Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers reportedly fired two of their assistant coaches.

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That's what the NHL Network reported on Sunday. Former Swedish defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, who played more than 1,000 games in the National Hockey League, would see his partnership with the Panthers come to an end. He was hired in November 2020.

Derek MacKenzie also reportedly lost his job as an assistant coach. A former pivot in the NHL, he was the captain of the Florida team from 2016 to 2018.

It is not yet known if goalkeeper coach Robb Tallas, whose contract expires this summer, will be back with the Panthers.

It is also unclear whether general manager Bill Zito will offer a contract to interim head coach Andrew Brunette, who was a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy, awarded to the best driver on the circuit.

The Panthers had their best regular season in history, winning the Presidents' Trophy by virtue of a 58-18-6 record. They were, however, swept in the second round of the playoffs by their great rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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