Brunette Wants To Come Back As A Panthers Trainer, GM Isn't Ready To Commit

Brunette Wants To Come Back As A Panthers Trainer, GM Isn’t Ready To Commit

Sunrise, Florida – Andrew Brunet has said he hopes to remain coach of the Florida Panthers next season after leading them to the President’s Cup this season, but general manager Bill Zito said he is not yet ready to make that commitment.

Brunet became coach on October 29. He replaced Joel Quinville, who resigned after being involved during an independent investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks for allegations of sexual assault of former player Kyle Beach by then-video coach Brad Aldrich in 2010.

The Panthers finished 58-18-6 for 122 points, the best record in their history, and Brown was selected as one of three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, which is given to the best coach in the NHL.

The Panthers beat the Washington Cpaitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs to take their first win in the series since 1996. But they were swept away by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round, a streak that ended with a 2-0 loss in Game Four. on Monday. Brunet said the defeat did not rattle his feelings about his desire to remain as a coach.

“I love this team,” he said Wednesday. “But I understand business and it is what it is, and I can only control what I can control. What I did is on the table, and if what they want to do is move on…and I understand either side of the equation. But it was a fun ride. I enjoyed both minute of it.”

Zito said he would prefer a more cautious approach to decision-making.

“I said early in the season that I would wait until the end of the season and make a decision and evaluate,” Zito said. “Everything is still fresh and raw, we are going to take some time here, and let all emotions settle. We will make a thorough and rational call, make a decision – make the process and come to conclusions for the right reasons.”

The Panthers went 51-18-6 in the regular season under Brunette, after a 7-0-0 start; His first job was as an NHL coach.

“There are all kinds of little things that you learn,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have had such a great year. And when things don’t go well, I think I’ll learn to trust my instincts, and maybe shut out the noise for everyone else. And I’m a little frustrated in myself for some of the little things there, and I’ll be better anywhere and any Time as a coach in general.

“But I think you learn a lot and more about how to manage situations in the actual game itself. I felt managing the game, and I felt good. I just think there are other things that I need to manage a little bit better.”

Besides his coaching decision, Zito said he will need some time before speaking to the roster.

This will include deciding whether to return the unrestricted pending signature to the free shipping agent Claude Gero And the Joe Thornton.

Giroud also said he needs some time before trying to put together a team for the 2022-23 season. The 34-year-old earned 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) for Florida after earning him in a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 19, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 Stanley Cup games.

He has 923 points (294 goals, 629 assists) in 1,018 NHL games across 15 seasons.

“Obviously there are a lot of things to worry about,” Gero said. “And decisions have to be made. And I mean, it’s a tough question because the season ended a few days ago. In terms of thinking about what they want to do and what I want to do, there is a lot of conversation to have.”

Thornton is the 12th leading scorer in National Hockey League history with 1,539 points (430 goals, 1,109 assists) in 1,714 games over 24 seasons. The 42-year-old has scored 10 points (five goals and five assists) in 34 games this season, his first for the Panthers. He was wearing a 4 against lightning game and had no points.

One thing Zito confirmed on Wednesday is that he will be talking about the contracts of the players who will each head into the final year of their contract next season. That group includes forward Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman Mackenzie and jealous.

“Yes, we’ll have those this summer for sure,” Zito said.

2022-05-25 23:56:39

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