Panthers fire coach, cite philosophical differences
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.”