Wilson hasn’t coached at the NHL level since he was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs midway through the 2011-12 season. The firing came just months after Toronto handed Wilson a contract extension on Christmas Day.
During parts of four seasons in Toronto, Wilson posted a record of 130-135-45 and did not make a post-season appearance.
Before joining Toronto, the 58-year-old Wilson served as the head coach of the San Jose Sharks (2002-2008), Washington Capitals (1997-2002) and Anaheim Ducks (1993-97). He has coached more than 1,400 career NHL games.
The Panthers have yet to fill their head coaching position after the club did not retain interim head coach Peter Horachek, who had a record of 26-34-4 this past season.
“We just felt as a group that it wasn’t quite the right fit with the direction that we’re headed in,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said after the season.