Struggling Panthers Fire Head Coach
Sunrise, Fla. — In Kevin Dineen’s first season with the Florida Panthers the team won its first division title and ended a playoff skid that had lasted more than a decade. A year and a half removed from one of the franchise’s highest points, Dineen was fired.
The Panthers dismissed him Friday, with the team off to a start that mirrored last season when Florida finished at the bottom of the NHL. The move comes one day after a 4-1 loss at Boston extended the Panthers’ losing streak to seven games and left them 14th in the 16-team Eastern Conference.
When the Panthers play at Ottawa today, it will be Peter Horachek — the former coach of the team’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio — behind the bench. Former players Brian Skrudland and John Madden will serve as Horachek’s assistant coaches.
Oilers Add Goalie
Edmonton, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers said they have a verbal agreement in place to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract.
The Philadelphia Flyers bought out of the final seven years of Bryzgalov’s $51 million, nine-year contract during the offseason and the 33-year-old Russian goalie attended training camp with the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers.
Maple Leafs 2
Devils 1 (so)
Toronto — Former UNH standout James van Riemsdyk scored on a low wrist shot in the shootout to give Toronto a win over New Jersey.
Cory Schneider stopped Toronto’s Mason Raymond and Phil Kessel before van Riemsdyk’s goal. Adam Henrique then fired wide for the Devils.
Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier bested Michael Ryder and Travis Zajac had Bernier beat but hit the post.
Schneider made a great save on Kessel on a Leafs 3-on-1 in an exciting overtime to help force the shootout.
Kessel scored a beauty on the power play at 8:12 of the third period to open the scoring.