With the Panthers finally back on the ice for a stretch of games, Panthers coach Mike Johnston was emotional after he spoke with players and staff on Monday.
Johnston, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, is in the final year of his contract.
The Panthers will need to find a way to fill some holes and find some wins before they can lock down a playoff spot for the first time since 2006.
Johnsons emotional moment with the players comes as the Panthers are set to play a home-and-home series with the Los Angeles Kings.
Panthers head coach Mike Yeo is a part of the Kings coaching staff.
He also has an impressive record as a coach in the National Hockey League.
Johnson also spoke to the media after practice and said the team is still working on the back end of the season and getting some healthy pieces in.
He said the Panthers have a lot of work to do.
“The bottom line is we’re not done.
There are still a lot more games to go, and we have to get better,” Johnston said.
“We’ve got a lot to get right.
We’ve got to get to the point where we can win hockey games.
I think we’ve done that.”
Johnston spoke to reporters on Monday after practice.
Johnesons team is currently 8-3-0 and is sitting in first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-1-0 record in its last nine games.
Johnnsons team has played five of its last six games in the West and is in third place in a division that includes Vancouver, Edmonton and San Jose.
John Johnston is a former assistant with the Arizona Coyotes and was the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks during their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2005.