Pan­thers fire coach, cite philo­soph­i­cal dif­fer­ences

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Ger­ard Gal­lant wanted the Florida Pan­thers to play one way, and his bosses wanted an­other.

As such, they’re not his bosses any­more.

The Pan­thers cited philo­soph­i­cal dif­fer­ences Mon­day as the pri­mary rea­son why they fired Gal­lant, a coach of the year fi­nal­ist last sea­son who made it through only 22 games this sea­son.

Tom Rowe will es­sen­tially take a hia­tus from be­ing gen­eral man­ager to fill the coach­ing spot for the rest of the year, start­ing with Tues­day’s game in Chicago.

“We wanted to de­velop a team and build a team that was fast, could move the puck quickly, pres­sure the puck in all three zones,” Rowe said.

“Ger­ard and I talked about it. He said he wanted a lit­tle bit more size, and we just de­cided to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Were we on the same page ev­ery day of the week? No ... phi­los­o­phy was dif­fer­ent.”

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