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Sutter, Torchetti replace Baxter, Kingston

Updated: March 6, 2003, 6:40 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Florida Panthers hired former coach Duane Sutter and John Torchetti as assistant coaches Thursday to replace the fired Paul Baxter and George Kingston.

Sutter and Torchetti will join the team in time for Friday's game against the Atlanta Thrashers.

"It was a change that was better made at this time than at the end of the season," general manager Rick Dudley said in a statement. "A change was necessary and this is an ideal time for that process to begin."

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