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Report: Panthers hire Sabres assistant coach Dave Barr

Minnesota Wild v Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 17: Assistant coach Dave Barr of the Minnesota Wild watches the the pre game warmup prior to the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks on October 17, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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Dave Barr has gone from an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres to the Florida Panthers coaching staff, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

This news follows a major organizational shake-up in the front office for the Panthers, and after the club fired assistant coach John Madden.

Barr was named as an assistant coach with the Sabres last June.

During the regular season, the Sabres had the 12th best power play in the league at 18.9 per cent.

From the Buffalo News:

Barr, who joined the Sabres after four seasons as an assistant in New Jersey, is reunited with an old friend. Barr and Panthers coach Gerard Gallant played parts of five seasons together in Detroit, from 1987 to 1991. Gallant was looking for two assistants after firing John Madden during an organizational shakeup, and the Sabres were aware Barr was a candidate.