Panthers part with assistant GM Santos

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The Florida Panthers decided to fire assistant GM Mike Santos on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald’s George Richards. The Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the same.

Richards reports that the Panthers said Santos’ firing won’t affect interim head coach Peter Horachek’s status with the team, which is relevant since Santos played a big role in hiring him.

It sounds as if the team will fill Santos’ role – at least for the moment – by committee.

This was his second run with the Panthers organization, as GM Dale Tallon hired him back on July 1, 2010 from the Nashville Predators organization (where Santos become more familiar with Horachek). The timing of the move might seem odd, but Tallon apparently did so to give Santos more time to find another gig.