It’s official: Florida Panthers name Joel Quenneville as new coach

The Florida Panthers announced Joel Quenneville as their next coach on Monday morning, capping a wild 36 hours that included their season ending Saturday night and coach Bob Boughner being fired Sunday morning.

Quenneville will be introduced at noon on Monday, when a news conference was scheduled for Panthers vice president of hockey operations and general manager Dale Tallon to discuss this just-finished, disappointing season.

Instead, a quick pivot to hope for next season will be made with Quenneville on board. Tallon said in a statement on Sunday he wanted a “transformative, experienced head coach with Stanley Cup pedigree to lead our team going forward.”

Quenneville, 60, fits that mold as he’s won three Stanley Cups and ranks second in league history with 890 career wins. He was a highly-sought coaching free agent since being fired by the Chicago Blackhawks early this season after holding that job since 2008.