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Panthers fire coach Peter DeBoer

Updated: April 11, 2011, 5:07 PM ET
Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Peter DeBoer took over as coach of the Florida Panthers three years ago with a sparkling resume from junior hockey, fully expecting that he could bring the downtrodden franchise back to the playoffs.

He was wrong.

The Panthers fired DeBoer on Sunday, one day after the team finished its 10th straight season without a playoff appearance. Florida's 72 points were worst in the Eastern Conference and the third-fewest in the 30-team NHL.

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