Florida Panthers have an interest in Trotz, DeBoer to coach the team

for every Frank SeravalliThe Florida Panthers have actively interviewed a number of coaches including Pete DeBoer, Travis Green, Rick Tocchet, Paul Maurice and two-time Jack Adams Award winner Barry Trotz.

This is all while Andrew Brunet, and 2022 Championship runner-up Jack Adams, awaits a decision from the Panthers about his future.

As for former Florida coach Joel Quinville, NHL commissioner Gary Pittman told ESPN he’s not sure he’ll be allowed back now.

“I don’t know,” Bateman told ESPN’s Jeremy Young on Friday’s episode of The Point.

On ESPN, Bateman Quinville said He expressed a general desire to return to the NHL, but not for a specific job.

“He indicated that, in due course, he would like to be in the match again,” Bateman said. “I don’t think this is the right time. But we will see what happens in the future.”

Trotz was the most sought-after coach on the market after New Yorkers let him go for “New Voice” and promoted assistant coach Lyn Lambert.

He led the Islands to the Eastern Conference Finals in consecutive years from 2020-21 before Covid, a lengthy road trip to the season opener and a slew of injuries derailed the 2021-22 season in New York.

Trotz also won the Stanley Cup with Washington Capitals in 2018 and was instrumental in helping Alex Ovechkin become a more well-rounded player.

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Trotz hails from Manitoba and has been offered a free beer for life to return to his home province to train the Winnipeg Jets. He has also turned down a $7 million offer from the Philadelphia Flyers as he appears to be very selective about his next destination.

One of the factors he was waiting for was the Florida decision.

Of course, Trotz will have a decisive influence on the leopards.

He developed both the Islanders and the Capitals into a more complete defensive team, a trait the Panthers lost during the 2022 qualifiers (although attacking was a bigger problem against the Lightning).

Trotz’s development of Brock Nelson into a 30-goal scorer and a reliable two-way forward could also bode well for Anton Lundell.

Another advantage of the Panthers can be his good friend Mitch Korn.

Korn Trotz has followed every destination he’s reached since the two began with the Nashville Predators expansion, and the veteran goalkeeping coach has racked up plenty of success stories including Dominic Hasek, Thomas Faucon, Becca Rehn, Braden Holtby and Ilya Sorokin.

Spencer Knight could join that list.

According to Newsday’s Andrew Gross, Korn is considering his future – which includes retirement – but following Trotz to his next destination in the NHL isn’t out of the question.

This could also play a role in why the Panthers have not made a decision on the future and expiring contract of longtime goalkeeper coach Rob Talas.

Talas kicked off the Panthers’ comeback in Debor’s time behind the bench in Florida.

DeBoer’s first coaching job in the NHL came with the Panthers in 2008 as Florida made him the 10th coach in franchise history after a very successful run with the OHL Kitchener Rangers.

In his first season with the Panthers, he nearly ended the team’s long drought after the season ended but Florida missed the playoffs by a point.

Despite the Panthers tied with Montreal on points and overall victories, the Canadians won the tiebreak with a three-of-four win over Florida that season.

A year later, the tiebreak rule was changed with Montreal having seven wins in 2008-09 while Florida had three; Penalty wins are counted towards their total number of wins leading up to the start of the second tie-breaker (head to head).

The new rule states that “the tiebreak between teams with the same points total in the standings will go to the club with the most wins in regulation and overtime – no longer including a penalty shootout victory in the decision.”

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Jack Martin, right, general manager and former coach of the Florida Panthers listens as Pete DeBoer is introduced as the team’s new head coach at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise on June 16, 2008. — AP Photo/J. Pat Carter

Things went from there, although few blamed DeBoer; Cost-conscious Panthers had a roller coaster for the 2009-10 season.

In what will be DeBoer’s last in Sunrise, new GM Dale Tallon has given up much of the slate on Deadline Trade — not to mention trading Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell before he even started — to build for the future.

Talon DeBoyer was fired the day after the 2010-11 season.

“I’ve never been fired before,” Debor said that day. “Strange feeling.”

DeBoer landed in New Jersey where he defeated the Panthers in the first round of the 2012 playoffs and led the Devils to the Stanley Cup Final that year.

He also coached the Sharks to the Cup Final with Joe Thornton and was recently fired by the Vegas Golden Knights after they went to the West Final last season.

Bill Zito, Panthers general manager, is still in the interview process, and a Brown return is definitely out of the question.

Trotz seems to be the big fish he’s after.

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