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Panthers coach Peter DeBoer fired after 3 years

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Panthers coach Peter DeBoer has been fired after his team finished last in the Eastern Conference.

Florida snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in their season finale Saturday.

General manager Dale Tallon said in a statement Sunday "we need to go in a new direction with a fresh approach and philosophy."

DeBoer coached the Panthers for three seasons. They just missed the playoffs his first year but have fallen in the standings since.

The team says it will have no further comment Sunday, but Tallon will meet with the media Monday.

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