The Florida Panthers are getting more serious in their pursuit of a new head coach.

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin told L.A. Lariviere of TVA Sports the Panthers have asked for permission to speak with current assistant coach Gerard Gallant about their open top job.

Over the weekend we shared a report saying the Panthers were interested in Gallant as well as Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Bill Peters. Gallant has head coaching history after leading the Columbus Blue Jackets for parts of three seasons from 2004-2007.

The Panthers’ closer look at Gallant may have a bit to do with his history with star young player Jonathan Huberdeau.