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Panthers fire Gallant, name GM interim coach

Panthers fire Gallant, name GM interim coach

The Florida Panthers fired head coach Gerard Gallant on Sunday after a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes dropped the team to 11-10-1 on the season.

General manager Tom Rowe has been named the interim coach.

allant was named head coach of the Panthers in 2014 and finished second to Barry Trotz in the Jack Adams Trophy voting last season after leading Florida to an Atlantic Division championship with 103 points. That was the most successful regular season in the history of the franchise. He lasted just 22 games into his third season as a Panthers team with high aspirations currently sits in 5th place in their division and two points out of the final wild card spot.

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The way things unfolded on Sunday were a bit bizarre. After falling to Carolina, Gallant spoke to the media following the game and was then told afterward that he had been fired. With Florida on its way to Chicago for a game against the Blackhawks on Tuesday, Gallant was left behind and forced to wait for a taxi to take him to the airport after the team departed.

The Panthers will now look to Rowe to lead them back into playoff contention.

Rowe was a Washington Capitals draft pick in 1976 and played 191 games for the Caps in his NHL career. He helped lead the Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006 as an assistant coach. He has also served as a head coach in the AHL, but left his position as head coach of the Portland Pirates in 2016 to become the associate general manager of the Panthers. He was promoted to general manager prior to this season.

Washington has won both meetings with the Panthers this season. The two teams will play again in the regular season finale on April 9.

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

The Capitals re-signed one of their lone remaining restricted free agents, but it's not the big-name you were waiting for. Madison Bowey signed a two-year deal with Washington in a deal that will carry a $2 million cap hit, the team announced Thursday.

Bowey, 23, did not start last season with Washington, but was called up and made his NHL debut on Oct. 14 due to an injury to Matt Niskanen. He played in 51 games last season and tallied 12 assists.

With Bowey's signing, Tom Wilson remains the team's only remaining restricted free agent.

More on this story to come.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Checking in on Hershey

In the present, the Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions. But what does the future hold?

The voice of the Hershey Bears, Zack Fisch, joins JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir to talk all things prospects!

Who stood out at development camp? How will Pheonix Copley look as backup? Which Hershey prospects could push for a spot in the NHL? All that and more on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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