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New Coaches, Deal for Anthony

Hulton_2 The Panthers made a few moves today.

First, Anthony Stewart has agreed to take his qualifying offer. It's a one-year deal, although there is still a chance the Panthers could sign him to a multi-year deal.

Also, the Panthers added some staff. The coaching staff is set now, with Mike Kitchen and Pierre Groulx being joined by former junior coach Jim Hulton.

Hulton has had a number of coaching stops in the Ontario Hockey League, most recently coaching the Toronto St. Michaels Majors. Prior to that, Hulton coached at Royal Military College and was also coach at Kingston and Missassauga. Hulton and new coach Peter DeBoer have a long history together, and coached together with Team Canada at the world juniors.

Florida also has a new video coach, bringing in Jamie Pringle from Hockey Canada. Pringle and Hulton are pals.

The bad news is,  Guy Charron is officially out with the Panthers after a number of years of service. Guy is under contract for next season, so if he doesn't land a new gig (I'm thinking he'll be fine) he's still getting paid. So that's cool. Good luck, Guy.

-- Happy Birthday to loyal OFP reader Laura B. Hope you enjoy your day...