Florida Panthers fire assistant GM Mike Santos

Joel Auerbach

Tallon: "We need to go in a different direction"; Horachek next?

The Panthers parted ways with assistant general manager Mike Santos on Tuesday, a decision which will be felt all the way to San Antonio, as Santos held the role of general manager for the AHL Rampage as well.

The Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel have this one pretty well covered, and to say a move this close to the top of the pyramid is a shocker may be stretching things a bit. Santos had an affinity for mining his old stomping ground in Nashville of castoffs and reclamation projects, and that well has run dry. Interesting tidbit via Harvey as the news was beginning to flow:

So there's that.

Anyway, Dale Tallon assured that interim coach (and Santos recruit) Peter Horachek's future with the club will not hinge at all on Tuesday's decision.

Yeah, not really buying that one, but he's got to say it for the sake of professionalism. So the search begins for a replacement, preferably with a splitting of duties between the NHL and AHL levels.

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