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Nashville Predators Hire Peter Laviolette as Head Coach

The Nashville Predators hired former Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on May 6.

May 6 2014, 9:35pm CDT | by

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Nashville Predators Hire Peter Laviolette as Head Coach

Nashville Predators Hire Peter Laviolette as Head Coach
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The Nashville Predators hired former Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on May 6. 

The Predators' official website broke the news

"Nashville Predators president of hockey operations / general manager David Poile announced today that the club has hired 2006 Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette as the second head coach in team history and signed him to a multi-year contract. 

"Also joining the coaching staff is Kevin McCarthy, who will serve as an assistant alongside Lane Lambert and Phil Housley." 

Poile said Laviolette's hiring bodes well for the Predators' long-term future, per the same update. 

"Having reached the peak as a Stanley Cup champion, Peter knows the intensity and urgency it will take to help our team reach its ultimate goal. He is a great hockey mind who not only has a winning resume, but has done it with an agrressive offensive philosophy while also excelling in helping young players reach their potential.

"We look forward to Peter instilling his culture in Nashville immediately following his duties coaching the United States at the 2014 World Championship."

On the other hand, Laviolette told the Predators' official website he loves the team's current foundation. 

"I love the nucleus of the team, staring on the back end with two of the best players at their positions in defensemen Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne, in addition to a solid group of dependable veterans and talented, rising talent. 

"My challenge will be to impart a system that enables our young forwards to thrive and reach their offensive potential. Being a perennial Stanley Cup contender requires buy-in, passion and commitment from every player on the roster. 

"I can't wait to get to Nashville and get started on our journey." 

The Tennessean's Josh Cooper stresses Poile wanted to employ a patient approach in hiring his new head coach, but several coaching vacancies with other teams prompted him to act swiftly in locking up Laviolette. 

"Predators general manager David Poile said he wanted to take a patient approach to his first coaching search since hiring Trotz going into the franchise's inaugural season, but openings with other teams forced his hand to make a move and hire Laviolette. 

"'The timing was right, the person was right, so we sped up our process,' Poile said. 

"Poile said he wanted a coach who put a team on the ice with a more up-tempo attack. He also said that Laviolette's history of developing young forwards -- specifically Eric Staal and Claude Giroux in Philadelphia -- helped make his decision. 

"Laviolette also has a track record of turning teams around, and the Predators missed the playoffs the past two seasons."

Nashville announced on April 14 it would not bring back Trotz, the franchise's first head coach it hired in its inaugural 1998 NHL season. 

The Predators offered Trotz a different job within the organization but expressed a desire to continue coaching, per NHL.com. 

Now, he's a hot commodity with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes all having coaching vacancies and zeroing in on him, notes USA TODAY's Kevin Allen. 

Laviolette has amassed a 167-122-28 (.570) record in stints with the New York Islanders, Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers, per Hockey-Reference.com. 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

 

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