After firing coach Bobo Boughner after just two seasons behind the bench, the Florida Panthers soon set up a three-way trainer who won the Stanley Cup for Joel Quenneville as his successor, the source told by knowing the conversation for ESPN.
Panthers have been asked for permission from Chicago Blackhawks to talk to Quenneville. Chicago dismissed him on November 6, 2018. He was the longest NHL coach at the time he was shot after training Blackhawk since 2008. He is the second winner in NHL history, collecting 890 wins with St. Louis, Colorado and Chicago; only Scotty Bowman (1.244) has more.
The Panthers offered Quenneville a multi-year contract worth more than $ 6 million a year with bonuses. Currently, Mike Babcock of Toronto Maple Leafsa is the NHL's Cheapest Coach at $ 6.25 Million (US) a year.
There is reason to doubt that Quenneville could be interested in Florida business despite the lack of Panther's success on ice after having played only twice since 2001 and missing three consecutive seasons: General Director Dale Tallon was the man who hired Quenneville Chicago.
Boughner was fired after completing the 36-32-14 season on Saturday night. Panthers finished at the fifth place in the Atlantic Division and 12 points from the last place on wild cards.
Panthers dismissed Assistant Coach Paula McFarland.
"Today we made a tough decision and released Bob Boughner from the post of chief trainer," said Panther CEO Dale Tallon in a statement. "We did not meet expectations this season and shared the responsibility for this fact. After careful assessment, we found that this is a necessary first step for our young team and that we will try to identify a transformative, experienced trainer with Stanley Cupa, We are grateful to Bob, Paul and their families on their efforts and their commitment to the Panthers organization and wish them a lot of luck in their future endeavors. "
It is unnecessary to say that Quenneville has a pedigree Stanley Cupa, who leads the victories in Chicago 2010, 2013 and 2015.
Boughner, former NHL defender, got the job of Panthers after the team broke out with Gerard Gallant and finished the 2016-2017 season. With temporary coach Tom Rowe. Boughner, 48, did not have the previous coach experience at NHL. Twice he won the Memorial Cup as a Windsor Spitfire coach at OHL.
Gallant landed with expansions Vegas Golden Knights and took them to Finale Stanley Cupa in the first season and another season-up.
Boughner went 43-30-8 in the first season but failed to score one point.
This season, Panthers lost a great season from Aleksandar Barkov, who had a club record with 96 points. The Panthers had three goalscorers of 30 goals, but they ended up with a minus-13 difference, which was the result of a 891th-minute savings score, which was the 30th in the NHL. But this extra story can be one of the paradigms that are changing in franchise history. Not only are they in the Quenneville race, but there are also speculation that free Columbus Blue Jacket agents – ahead of Artem Panarin and goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovsky – could finish at Panthers. Panarin, for example, has a residence in Miami.