Paul Maurice finalizes Florida Panthers coaching staff

The Florida Panthers, with some leftovers, will have a new coaching staff this coming season.

Before the Panthers announced that Paul Maurice would replace interim coach Andrew Brunette, it was learned that Derek MacKenzie and Ulf Samuelsson would not be returning as assistants.

Jamie Kompon, who has spent the past seven years as an assistant under Maurice in Winnipeg, will join the staff as planned.

Also joining survivors Tuomo Ruuto and Robb Tallas is Sylvain Lefebvre and Myles Fee.

Kompon, 55, not only coached with Maurice and the Jets, but was also an assistant under Joel Quenneville in Chicago from 2012 to 2014 and Darryl Sutter in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2012 – winning the Stanley Cup in consecutive years. first with the Kings and then with Chicago.

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Lefebvre, 54, had spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls before leaving to join Brad Larsen’s new staff in Columbus in 2021.

A few months after joining the Blue Jackets, Lefebvre left in September after do not get vaccinated against Covid-19.

“It’s just not possible to do your job because of NHL protocol, so we needed a new coach,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said at the time, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“We had to move on. … You can’t get near the players, 12 feet, if you’re not vaccinated. You can’t travel on the plane, you can’t be in the locker room, you can’t be in the coaches office.

It’s unclear if Lefebvre has been vaccinated — or if it will even be required by the NHL this coming season.

The The NBA will not have a vaccination mandate for players and coaches this year, which means the NHL could follow suit.

Lefebvre, who was a defenseman who played 945 NHL games, was previously AHL head coach with Laval, St. John’s and Hamilton, while also serving as an assistant with the Avs and their AHL team in Cleveland. .

He was part of the 1996 Colorado team that defeated the Panthers in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Fee, 41, will be the team’s new video coach after spending the past three seasons in that role with the Buffalo Sabers. He served as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL for three seasons.

Speaking of the ladies, Geordie Kinnear will return as coach after signing a new three-year contract with the Panthers.