Gerard Gallant, fired last Sunday as coach of the Florida Panthers, reached out Thursday to defend a team employee.
“I know everyone has seen the photos of me getting into the cab,” he said via text. “(Panthers manager of team services) Stiles Burr is a good, solid kid. What happened is getting blown out of proportion. They called a car service, but I did not want to wait.”
Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly, both let go after that night’s loss to Carolina, left in a taxi — photos that became a viral sensation and angered many in the hockey community. Gallant declined to answer any further questions about what happened, indicating he simply wanted to clear up what happened post-game.