The Nashville Predators announced on Tuesday that Peter Laviolette has been hired as the team’s new head coach, according to a report from USA Today.
One of the focus points for the team this offseason was to figure out how to generate more offense, and hiring a coach who had that in mind was part of the thought process during the hiring process.
“I love the nucleus of this team, starting on the back end with two of the best players at their positions in defenseman Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne, in addition to a solid group of dependable veterans and talented, rising young talent,” Laviolette said in a team release. “My challenge will be to impart a system that enables our young forwards to thrive and reach their offensive potential.
That nucleus includes a top goalie in Pekka Rinne, as well as a strong defense. If Laviolette can get the offense on track, the Predators could be a dangerous squad.
The 49-year-old Laviolette won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, and led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010, only to lose in six games to the even more offensively-tilted Chicago Blackhawks. Five of the six games saw one of the two teams score at least four goals, with 47 goals in total being scored between the teams.