MIAMI — Rick Dudley built the roster that helped turn Tampa Bay from also-ran to Stanley Cup finalist. He won’t get the chance to finish transforming the Florida Panthers.
Dudley was fired as the Panthers’ general manager Monday after holding the job for two years in which the team failed to make the playoffs. He was summoned to the office of team owner Alan Cohen for a two-minute meeting, and said he was not given an explanation for his dismissal.
The team said it offered him another job in the organization and scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to announce the hiring of a general manager and head coach.
Club officials have met more than once this month with former Ottawa coach Jacques Martin.
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