By Zack Myers, CNN • Updated 15th October 2016
Romeo Romero, CNN • Updated 15th October 2016
(CNN) — It hasn’t been a good week for hockey.
First, the NHL issued an indefinite suspension to player Slava Voynov after he was arrested and charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his wife, then former St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock resigned from his post after five years on the job.
And now there’s another.
This time, it’s the Florida Panthers, who coach Bob Boughner will take over with the team mired in a dismal 2-8-0 start to the season. Boughner was best known as an assistant with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, but says he’s enjoyed his time in Florida.
“It’s been a challenging season so far,” Boughner said in a team release. “There’s no doubt that I hope that changes are made, and that both sides are working toward a positive outcome.”
The Panthers are coming off an 8-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, their seventh straight defeat.
“I spoke to Bob today,” said general manager Dale Tallon. “I really respect the role Bob has played for us since joining our organization and want him to focus on coaching these games rather than responding to the external pressure. I know that the players will rally behind him and follow him closely.”
Quenneville finishes 18-24-15 in two seasons as the Panthers’ coach.
“I want to thank the Panthers organization for an opportunity to coach this team,” Quenneville said in a team release. “We shared a lot of great memories and pride together, and I will cherish every memory that we shared in our time together.”