After a lengthy search, the Florida Panthers have their next head coach.
The team announced Saturday it has hired former Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Gerard Gallant to serve in the role. He will be formally introduced Monday at 11 a.m.
"He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach," general manager Dale Tallon said. "Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team."
This is the second time Gallant has been part of Florida’s organization. He served as an assistant for the Louisville Panthers (AHL) during the 1999-2000 season, at the time the club’s minor-league affiliate.