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Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (55) / 1/26/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
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Peter Horachek has been named Toronto's interim head coach.
He was serving as an assistant coach under Randy Carlyle, who was fired on Tuesday. Horachek was the interim bench boss of the Florida Panthers for the last 66 games of the 2013-14 season. Player development manager Steve Staios will help the coaching staff in games and at practice. Jan 7 - 11:16 AM

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The Florida Panthers have fired head coach Peter Horachek.

Horachek only ended up spending part of one season with the Panthers. The team went 26-36-4 under his guidance. "Peter worked very diligently since taking over as interim head coach in November, but at this time we feel that a fresh approach and a new direction is needed behind our bench," GM Dale Tallon said.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Florida GM Dale Tallon will soon have to make a decision to remove the interim tag from Peter Horachek's title as Panthers' coach, or hire a new bench boss for his team.

The decision will apparently be made by early next month and will not be impacted by the firing of assistant GM Mike Santos, who brought Horachek into the Panthers' organization. Horachek guided the Panthers to a 26-36-4 record but was limited to a roster of rookies and many AHL players for the last quarter of the season.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 10:32:00 AM

The Florida Panthers were awarded the first overall selection for this June’s NHL Entry Draft, winning the selection lottery on Tuesday night.

Florida owned the NHL's second worst record in 2013-14, compiling a 29-49-8 record while earning 62 points. The Panthers had an 18.8% chance at winning the top pick, pushing aside the league-worst Buffalo Sabres, who had a 25% chance at drawing the number one selection. GM Dale Tallon now has a lot of options going into the off-season, with around $30-million of spending money at his disposal and a choice between the top three prospects Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 08:23:00 PM

Florida GM Dale Tallon plans to be active this off-season.

"I'm disappointed in the year; I'm disappointed in a lot of things," he said. "I'm moving forward. We're going to fix it. We've got great support now from [owner] Vinnie Viola and we're going to move forward and add the pieces to help these kids get to the level that we need to get them to." He has a shopping list that includes two veteran NHL defensemen and a "sniper" for the club's forward group. There's also a chance that interim coach Peter Horachek will be brought back for next season.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Sunday will be Tim Thomas bobblehead day for the Florida Panthers.

That's kind of awkward given that they traded Thomas away on Wednesday. Still, they apparently have enough of them to give away to 7,500 fans anyways. He had a 2.87 GAA and .909 save percentage in 40 games with Florida.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 09:33:00 AM

The Florida Panthers have converted just nine percent of their power play chances this year.

The NHL record for worst power play percentage is owned by the 1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning, which posted a 9.35 percent success rate. The Panthers will look to shape up the league's worst power play in the last two months of the regular season.
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 09:42:00 AM

The Florida Panthers will play their last 24 games in the next 45 days.

Interim coach Peter Horachek has a plan in mind to help his players get through this grueling schedule. "The biggest thing is managing energy and practice time," he said. "It's too many games, but they decided to do it and everyone's in the same boat. You lose practice time, you lose that edge and sharpness. A lot of times in pregame skate now you might have to work on something."
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 07:47:00 AM

The Florida power play has been horrid recently.

In the Cats' 3-2 loss to Carolina Saturday night, their PP was 0-5. That makes 32 chances since the team has scored with the man advantage dating back to December 28th against Detroit. Florida's power play is the worst in the NHL by a large margin at 9.3 percent effeciency. You can't win games if you can't score with the man advantage and Florida coach Peter Horacek is considering his options. "Maybe we need to look at some different people or something,’" coach Horachek said. Well that's an understatement.
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 10:00:00 AM

The Florida Panthers will host the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

That confirms a report that came out on Monday. They previously hosted the event in 2001.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 10:08:00 AM

According to a source close to the team, the Florida Panthers will host the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

An official announcement is expected on Tuesday. The Panthers served as the host back in 2001 when they selected Stephen Weiss with the No. 4 pick.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 06:57:00 AM

The Panthers own the 30th-ranked power play this season.

Florida has gone 0-for-17 in the last six games. "We definitely need to get our power play going," said forward Tomas Kopecky. "We have to go back to basics, shoot the puck, have the guys in front, nothing fancy. Simplify things and it will turn eventually. Right now, special teams wins hockey games." The Cats have scored just 15 times on 148 opportunities this season.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 10:07:00 AM

Florida Panthers coach Peter Horachek was very hard on his team after their 2-1 overtime loss to New Jersey on Saturday.

"We didn't deserve anything; we got a point we didn't deserve," Horachek said. "They outplayed us much of the game. We had scoring chances but were terrible in our own zone. We gave up a lot of chances. A lot of guys weren't playing, didn't compete. We scratched a point out of it. Tim Thomas played well, kept us in it." Florida has lost six of its last nine contests since they enjoyed a five-game winning streak. They're a long shot to make the playoffs at this point.
Sun, Jan 12, 2014 10:28:00 AM

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has been told he can start spending to the cap ceiling.

Florida has a ton of cap space, so this gives Tallon a lot of flexibility going forward. He will likely be aggressive on the free agent market, but luring players to Florida might be difficult given their lack of success recently or historically. Instead, they might have more luck acquiring talent via the trade market.
Sun, Jan 12, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Florida has struggled mightily on special teams this season.

Their power play is 28th overall in the league after it went 2-for-3 against Ottawa on Tuesday night. The Panthers' penalty kill, which is also ranked 28th in the NHL, has been hurting the team of late. The club has surrendered eight power-play goals over 22 opportunities in their last six contests and at least one in each game.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 09:22:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Bozak
2Nazem Kadri
3Peter Holland
4Mike Santorelli
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Daniel Winnik
3David Booth
4Trevor Smith
5Josh Leivo
RW1Phil Kessel
2Joffrey Lupul
3David Clarkson
4Leo Komarov
5Richard Panik
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Cody Franson
3Jake Gardiner
4Morgan Rielly
5Stephane Robidas
6Roman Polak
7Petter Granberg
8Korbinian Holzer
9Stuart Percy
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer