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Roberto Luongo will make his return to Vancouver on January 8.

Luongo was dealt from the Canucks to the Panthers on March 4 and this will be his first appearance in Vancouver since the deal. It should be interesting to see how much, if any, booing will occur.

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It looks as if Gerrard Gallant will be the Florida Panthers' next head coach.

At least that's according to Sportsnet's Doug MacLean, who said he had not doubt about Gallant's appointment. Reports have Gallant, who was an assistant coach with the Cats' AHL affiliate during the 1999-2000 season, being named as Florida's bench boss in a news conference Monday. Gallant served as the Canadiens' assistant coach this past season and has been a head coach in the NHL with the Blue Jackets.

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The Florida Panthers are expected to name their next head coach before the draft.

As previously mentioned, Panthers GM Dale Tallon has reportedly narrowed the list of candidates to five people. It's believed that former Penguin coach Dan Bylsma, as well as veteran bench bosses Ron Wilson and Marc Crawford are in the running.

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The Panthers have apparently narrowed the field to five for their coaching vacancy.

Former Penguin coach Dan Bylsma seems to be the favourite for the Cats' head coaching job but Ron Wilson, Marc Crawford, Gerard Gallant and Bill Peters also are in the running. Look for a decision to be made by GM Dale Tallon no later than this coming Monday.

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The Florida Panthers have reportedly fired 30 employees with the majority of those being from the team's sales staff.

The Florida Panthers have been losing millions annually and ranked 29th in average attendance in 2013-14, so it's not surprising that the ownership wanted to shake things up. Still, the team's attendance isn't likely to get much better unless the on-ice product starts to improve. Florida has only made the playoffs once since 2000.

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You can Red Wing Assistant Coach Bill Peters to the growing list of candidates for the Panthers' head coaching position.

Florida GM Tale Tallon has been talking to quite a number of inidividuals to fill the Cats' bench boss position. Other candidates besides Peters include, Canadiens' assistant Gerard Gallant, Tom Renney and Marc Crawford. Tallon hopes to have the vacancy filled in the next few weeks and before the NHL entry draft.

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Florida GM Dale Tallon continues to shop the top pick in next month's entry draft.

Tallon is looking for a couple on NHL ready defensemen and is willing to part with the first overall pick in the June draft to get them. Many experts believe the top four picks will be Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart and Leon Draisaitl. Ekblad is a defenseman who may interest Tallon but he may want to stock his roster with players who can contribute now and will therefore continue to talk trade. Stay tuned.

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Former NHL coach Marc Crawford may be on Florida GM Dale Tallon's short list of bench-boss candidates.

Crawford guided the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in 1996 over Florida and has an impressive coaching record of 549-421-103 record with 78 overtime losses over a 15 year career that has seen stops in Colorado, Vancouver, LA and Dallas. Crawford, who coached in Switzerland the last two seasons, admitted to speaking to the Panthers amongst other NHL teams looking for head coaches.

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Florida general manager Dale Tallon is confident that he can bring key players to the Panthers in the off-season partly because he acquired established goalie Roberto Luongo during the season.

With a top-end goalie like Luongo as a key selling point, Tallon is confident players will want to come south and help put the Panthers back on track. "You sell winning, the desire to win,'' Tallon said. "We now have the ability to put the pieces together, and that's what players want. . .I was denied for two years in Chicago. We were an Original Six team, great city. No one wanted to come because the perception was we didn't want to win. That perception has gone away, and it has gone away here. We're going to get guys who want to win.''

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The Florida Panthers ended their abysmal regular season Saturday night with another loss but their goalie stood out.

Luongo steered aside 35 Columbus shots in the Panthers 3-2 loss in Florida. Luongo winds up his season with a 25-23-7 record, a 2.40 GAA and a .919 save percentage. The Panthers, of course, are going nowhere in the NHL's post-season except to the golf course. They have finished out of the playoffs 12 times in the past 13 seasons.