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Wilson interviews for job as Panthers coach: report

Thursday, 06.05.2014 / 4:11 PM / News

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Wilson interviews for job as Panthers coach: report
Ron Wilson reportedly interviewed with the Florida Panthers for their vacant coaching position.

Veteran NHL coach Ron Wilson has interviewed with the Florida Panthers for their vacant coaching position, according to a report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Wilson, 59, hasn't coached since he was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 2, 2012, late in his fourth season with the team.

In 18 seasons coaching the Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and Maple Leafs, he is 648-561-91, with 101 ties, in 1,401 games. He's been to the Stanley Cup Playoffs eight times, including to the 1998 Stanley Cup Final with the Capitals.

The Panthers have been searching for a coach since the end of the regular season, when interim coach Peter Horachek was let go after going 26-36-4 in 66 games after taking over for Kevin Dineen, who was fired 16 games into the season.

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I've got a lot of experience and there's a lot of young guys. It's even making me excited a little more. It's kind of a new life. At my age, I feel like I know a lot of things what to do, but I just cannot do it anymore. It's a lot easier to tell them what to do because they've still got the legs and hands to do it. I just know things, but I cannot do them anymore.

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