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NHL: Panthers hire Gallant as coach

on June 23, 2014 10:30 AM

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Gerard Gallant and Jonathan Huberdeau had a wildly successful coach-player relationship at the top level of junior hockey.

The Florida Panthers hope they will again in the NHL.

Gallant was hired Saturday to coach the Panthers, a move that reunites him with Huberdeau, a young forward who is considered one of the franchise’s biggest keys to rebuilding. Gallant replaces Peter Horachek, who had the interim title for most of last season after replacing Kevin Dineen.

Gallant spent parts of three seasons as the head coach in Columbus before being fired in November 2006 and has been an NHL assistant with the Blue Jackets, the New York Islanders and most recently the Montreal Canadiens.

He is Florida’s eighth coach in 11 seasons.

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