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Panthers’ front office upheaval continues with firing of scouting director

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Round One

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: Director of scouting Scott Luce of the Florida Panthers smiles before day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Florida Panthers made quite a leap forward in 2015-16, yet many of the architects of their transformation are either being moved to new positions or fired altogether.

The latest to get fired is Scott Luce, a scouting director who first joined the Panthers way back in 2002.

This report surfaced from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and was confirmed by new GM Tom Rowe by way of George Richards of the Miami Herald.

It sounds like this might come down to “creative differences.”

Other members of the front office are expected to take on larger roles, though Rowe may also hire a replacement for Luce’s duties.

The executive is expected to draw considerable demand from around the NHL.

To recap, the Panthers changed at the top, with Rowe taking over the GM position while Dale Tallon moved on to a president-type role. Florida also parted ways with assistant coach and former player John Madden.

The Panthers will look different on the ice with new duds in 2016-17, and may sport a few philosophical changes that may not be as apparent to the naked eye.

Perhaps we’re in for an intriguing off-season of moves?