National Hockey League notebook: Ex-Pirates coach removed by Panthers

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In hindsight, the Florida Panthers had too many cooks in the kitchen, trying to run a team that ended up being one of the NHL's most disappointing in 2016-17.

"I am confident that we have the necessary talent throughout our organization to win the Stanley Cup", owner Vincent Viola said in a statement.

Rowe previously served as the Panthers' general manager and interim head coach, taking the latter post after firing Gerard Gallant in November. That "new" general manager is Dale Tallon, the Panthers president of hockey operations who served as the team's general manager from 2010-2016.

Tallon was Florida's general manager for six years before Rowe got the title last May. Finally, after years of mediocrity, they put together a winning, exciting team to watch, under Dale Tallon's expert guidance.

Florida Panthers interim head coach Tom Rowe, center top, looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Sunrise, Fla. And head coach Gerard Gallant - who was well-liked in the locker room and led Florida to its best regular-season ever in 2015-16 - was sacked after 22 games and replaced by Rowe, a former Portland Pirates coach.

That was the clear goal this season, and Florida fell way short. But the results didn't change all that much, with a 24-27-10 record under Rowe, and the Panthers finished well out of the playoffs after winning the Atlantic Division past year. We're definitely going to be back.

"So we live and learn, and still have a lot of great things going on with the company and we're looking forward". Rowe took over after Gerard Gallant was sacked in November. The next coach will be the Panthers' 15th in 23 years.

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