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Dineen on Florida firing: ‘Let’s just leave it where it is for now’

Nov 30, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

Kevin Dineen AP

Kevin Dineen was fired by the Florida Panthers back on November 8, and after losing his first NHL head coaching job, he’s still not ready to discuss what went wrong.

Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel was there as Dineen revisited the Panthers training facility to watch his son’s junior team play in a tournament and found him less-than chatty.

“Let’s just leave it where it is for now,” said Dineen.

Dineen added that he would talk publicly about the firing after Christmas. He was replaced by Peter Horachek who has gone 4-5-1 since taking over the Panthers.

It’s tough to fault Dineen for not wanting to talk about things now. It was his first job and having things not go right can make things difficult to discuss. On top of that, he’s also going to want to find another team to get back to coaching some day. If he was unhappy with how things went with the Panthers, speaking up too soon could’ve been counterproductive.

  1. 950003cups - Nov 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen. May I introduce to you, the next head coach if the New Jersey Devils!

  2. spizzjr - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Nope next coach of the New York islanders

  3. c9castine - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    id hire Laviolette if i were Garth Snow

  4. steelers88 - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I don’t think Dineen deserved to be fired by Florida. In my opinion he was just used as a scapegoat for the players playing bad. Kevin Dineen was the one that got the Panthers to the Playoffs for the first time in 12 years. He also had a pretty young team this year and they are still growing as NHL players. I just think that they should have given him more time.

  5. spizzjr - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I hope garth fires himself

  6. canada2014gold - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Panthers will click soon enough. There is some strong players coming. How’s bujistad doing? He was supposed to be the next lindros

  7. dolphincult - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Smart play Dineen. let it cool and don’t come off sounding bitter or u might blackball yourself with your own comments.

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