Fantasy Impact of the Panthers letting go head coach Peter Horachek
In a not so surprising move, the Florida Panthers have relieved head coach Peter Horachek of his coaching duties. Horachek took over for Kevin Dineen just 16 games into the season on an interim basis, so the Panthers likely viewed him as someone to just get them through a poor year.
Florida went 26-36-4 under Horachek and missed the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 seasons. There will be a nice consolation prize for the Panthers and the new coach coming in with the team holding the No. 1 draft pick this summer.
How this will impact the Panther players at this point is hard to say until a new head coach is named. You always like to think a coaching change should help fantasy numbers, but so much will depend on the style of play they will employ. Let’s say it’s Barry Trotz hypothetically. He’s a defensive guru that may help Florida get more wins, but that isn’t necessarily ideal for the individual numbers of the skaters. However, someone like Roberto Luongo would benefit a great deal.
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We don’t know who the coach will be, but we do know this. The Panthers have ranked 30th and 29th in goals against over the past two campaigns, meaning one would think Dale Tallon would likely want to bring in a defensive-first coach. The new coach would also probably favor the youngsters as opposed to veterans if the Panthers are in a rebuild mode.