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via the Nashville Predators,
As the Nashville Predators continue to make their push for their first Stanley Cup, General Manager David Poile made it clear he doesn't want anyone else behind the bench guiding them there.
Poile announced a two-year contract extension for Head Coach Peter Laviolette during the team's annual Skate of the Union address on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena, a deal which will keep Laviolette in Nashville through the 2019-20 season.
Laviolette, who is beginning his third full season with the Preds, enters 2016-17 just 77 games shy of the 1,000 games coached mark, a milestone only 26 others have reached entering the season, and only 23 victories shy of the 500-win mark, a mark attained by just 23 other coaches entering 2016-17.
A native of Franklin, Massachusetts, Laviolette was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in his first season with the Predators and guided the club to Game Seven of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the further Nashville has ever advanced in the postseason.
Laviolette has also been the head coach of the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers during his time in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Hurricanes and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010.
from Adam Vingam of The Tennessean,
T: Will there be an effort to reduce Shea Weber's minutes?
L: "Certainly, ideally you'd like to bring those minutes down a little bit if you could. Sometimes in the course of the game, it becomes a little bit challenging. I do think that we have the support and the depth to try to accomplish that this year, to see if we can't bring it down a little bit. One of the strengths on our team is defense, the depth of our defense. There's guys that still probably don't get the minutes or the situational play that they should, and that's got to be the challenge of the coaching staff, to make sure that these guys are getting the minutes, that they do get distributed a little bit more, that (Mattias) Ekholm's getting a little bit more and (Ryan) Ellis is getting a little bit more and Seth Jones is getting a little bit more and maybe Shea and Roman (Josi) come down a little bit. When you get into the game and the situational play, I think (assistant coach) Phil (Housley) does a pretty good job of putting players on the ice that give us a chance to be successful. ... I think Phil did a good job, but I think if we can try and watch that probably a little bit, we will."
T: Even after missing three weeks because of a knee injury, Pekka Rinne started 64 games last season. Preferably, how many games would you like him to start?
L: "I think a lot of it goes to the scheduling and where we're at, how Pekka's feeling, how the team's playing. There's a lot that factors into it. I don't think we're going to go into it and say we want Pekka to play 62 games this year. He'll probably be in that ballpark....
From the NHL:
Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames, Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers are the three finalists for the 2014-15 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 24, during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:
from Eric Stromgren of the Tennessean,
Predators coach Peter Laviolette gave an earful to linesman Don Henderson as he left the Bell Centre ice after a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Tuesday night.
Laviolette was venting about Craig Smith's tripping penalty on Lars Eller 2:34 into overtime, which turned into a four-on-three power play and the game-winning goal from P.K. Subban in the final game before the NHL's All-Star break.
"I don't think the last penalty was a penalty at all," Laviolette said. "Our guy had a heavy stick. There was no tripping."
continue for more on the game...
Here is a short video of Laviolette walking off the ice and giving it to the officials and at one point you can hear him say "Montreal typical"...
Below, although not a great view, you can see the OT penalty called against the Predators....
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notebook is quite good, and it includes another take on Phil Kessel's worth, a note about the "analytics department" teams' coaching records (with an emphasis on "coaches," plural), and a great quip from Randy Carlyle about the coach-critiquing business, but given Carlyle's status and the Maple Leafs' desire to hire a head coach after this season, this seems like the most appropriate place to start:
[Mike] Babcock is a pending free agent who wants big money and a big opportunity to win wherever he ends up coaching next hockey season — assuming he leaves Detroit, which isn’t in any way certain.
The Leafs can offer up money. They can’t guarantee contender status.
That leaves the Leafs open to playing a different waiting game of sorts. Rather than wait for the available free agent, they will monitor the list of those who potentially could be out of work at season’s end.
High on their list of candidates are Todd McLellan in San Jose and Dave Tippett in Arizona. Should either of those coaches be let go, the Leafs would likely act quickly. The same is certainly true in St. Louis, should Ken Hitchcock’s Blues be eliminated again in the first round of the playoffs and a change be made there. And the least likely candidate is Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim, a Leafs lover who has had a history of terrific regular seasons and not-so-terrific post seasons.
This much is obvious: The Leafs had little interest in Barry Trotz and Peter Laviolette, who have gone into Washington and Nashville and made an immediate impact. The internal belief was Randy Carlyle was equal to, if not better than, either of those coaches.
Should the Caps and Predators qualify for the post-season and the Leafs fall short, that decision by club president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis will have proven, if it hasn’t already, to be incorrect.
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from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
The new Predators coach is scheduled to be on the main stage at the Music City Sports Festival to talk about his plan for returning the team to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season....
After missing the playoffs for two straight seasons — and having the same coach since the beginning of the franchise — the Predators had turned stale.
Attendance remained steady for the most part, but the franchise would be on the brink of irrelevancy with another non-playoff year.
Laviolette needs to sell his vision hard this weekend, and do it with both gusto and bravado. He is known as a stirring speaker, and he'll need to deliver a haymaker Sunday.
Fans need to come away from his appearance and simply say "Wow."
Nashville, Tenn. (May 6, 2014) – 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.
from USA Hockey,
Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.) has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Minsk, Belarus, May 9-25. Team USA is the defending bronze medalist in the event.
Laviolette has previously represented the United States in international competition on numerous occasions in several different capacities. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and was the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Torino, Italy. Prior to that, Laviolette was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men's World Championship in back-to-back years (2004, 2005), leading the United States to the bronze medal in 2004.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Forget the rumors about Peter Laviolette being fired after the season.
It sounds as if the Flyers’ fiery coach is staying.
Without formally announcing it, general manager Paul Holmgren gave Laviolette a strong vote of confidence in Montreal on Monday.
Asked if he planned to make a coaching change, Holmgren’s reply was succinct.
“I haven’t even thought along those lines,” he told The Inquirer. “I think it’s been a difficult year because of the (injury) situation. We haven’t had our whole team all year.
“I don’t blame the coaches.”
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
General manager Paul Holmgren said he is not thinking about making a coach change, and he criticized the Flyers’ “compete” level during an impromptu news conference at the team’s practice facility in Voorhees on Thursday.
At first, Holmgren gave coach Peter Laviolette a seemingly lukewarm endorsement.
Asked if Laviolette was on the hot seat, Holmgren said, “I don’t think so.”
Holmgren later added: “I haven’t even thought about” making a coaching change and that he was “not at the point” of making a major trade.
from the Flyers’ website,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they agreed to terms with head coach Peter Laviolette on a multi-year contract extension, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“We are thrilled to have Peter continue his work with our group as we push to compete for the Stanley Cup,” Holmgren said. “Peter has done a terrific job for us and is very deserving of this extension.”
Laviolette was named the 17th head coach in Flyers history on December 4, 2009. Since joining the club, he has had one of the most successful runs of any Flyers head coach in the last 25 years.
NEW YORK (April 2, 2012)—Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato have been fined $10,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their actions late in NHL Game #1185 at Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 1, the National Hockey League announced today.
A little pushing match as the teams left the ice tonight after the first period.
added 12:41am 12/22/11, from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
“It’s disrespect of our building. Just let our team off,” Ott said. “He obviously thought he has a higher power than everybody else and a little bit more arrogance. Of all the coaches in the whole NHL, that’s probably the first time I’ve seen that.
“I would never do that if I was in Philadelphia in their building and had to walk through their lineup. Just let us go and show a little respect, that’s all.”
“I really think that the captain should be somebody who represents the leadership on the team and not a popularity contest, not a point or production thing. It’s somebody who has the makings of captain from what they say, how they act and how they train; their relationship with the coach and the organization….”
-Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette in what he is looking for when naming the next Philadelphia captain. More from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers.
I thought I might have been able to avoid it; but merely halfway through the offseason, a dry island iceberg has reared its ugly head ever-so-slightly above the surface, smoldering enough to catch the eyes of a Philadelphia Daily News gossip reporter. His accounts yesterday have simultaneously rejuvenated belief in the unsinkable team the Flyers apparently had over a month ago, while also fanning the foolish notions of alcoholism burning deeply below the surface and beyond sight.
I only intend to touch on it once, because quite frankly what’s done is done and a lot of opinions are bound to stay unchanged, but the team did what they felt they had to do to take that final step as an organization. It isn’t the end of the world, and it has more to do with a few drinks and numbers on a corkboard. Simply put – they were hockey moves.
I think our goaltending was pretty consistent throughout most of the year. There were some games in the playoffs where the team and the goaltending didn’t get the start we were looking for. I think all those things will get sorted out this summer. But down the stretch and in the playoffs it was a little inconsistent for us for where we needed to be, but for the most part our goaltending was solid all year
-Peter Laviolette, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. More on the Flyers goaltending from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
From the hard times that we went through, we built the team to where we were almost invincible to adversity,” Laviolette said. “The amount of times that things were on the line and the fans seemed to get behind that, really get behind that. You could feel it. At least I could. You go through situations and you learn a lot about your team, and I think what we learned is that we’re OK with that.
“Not that we wanted to be put in those situations. This year I want a better path.’‘
Notice, he didn’t say easy. Just better. The team added depth on the blue line to help Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen , said goodbye to an expensive, oft-injured star in Simon Gagne, and replaced him with a cheaper suspect star in Nikolai Zherdev. Citing no upgrade in goaltending, the Hockey News ranked them fourth in the Eastern Conference behind Washington, Pittsburgh and New Jersey….
“I’ve learned, I’ve learned,” Laviolette said. “You can forget about last year. This group, whatever steps out on that ice, whatever steps into that locker room, they’ve got to figure out how to come together on the ice. It’s a huge part of winning….
Transcript of media Q & A…
Q. Peter, Ville Leino said in there the problem in the first period, he said, wasn’t that we weren’t ready, we were over ready. We were just so nervous out there. How did you see it?
COACH LAVIOLETTE: It was clearly something. I guess if it was nerves, it was nerves. But we got outworked pretty good. We got out battled. They were quicker to loose pucks. Quicker on the forecheck. I thought we were okay.
We survived probably the first six or seven minutes and they didn’t score. I thought that was the worst of it. Then things settled down for quite some time. Then they capitalized on some opportunities.
Q. Peter, were you disappointed in not seeing a call there at the end on the high stick on Danny?
COACH LAVIOLETTE: Yeah, I was. It’s a penalty, possibly a major.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
Much like Bill Barber and John Stevens in Philadelphia, Laviolette had proven himself in the American Hockey League, by winning a Calder Cup with the Providence Bruins, and had served one year as a Bruins assistant under Mike Keenan.
At 36, he was ready to take on his dream job as head coach of the team he grew up worshiping, but the Bruins handed him his walking papers.
“My allegiance hasn’t been in Boston since they fired me,” Laviolette said.
In fact, Laviolette was not fired by the Bruins, he just wasn’t retained. The club went outside the organization by hiring Robbie Ftorek, and Laviolette bolted for the head-coaching job on Long Island.
“I’m not being disrespectful of Boston, but that’s the nature of coaching,” Laviolette said. “When I was coaching the Islanders, I couldn’t care less about Boston.
“But those days are gone. I’m not a kid anymore, and Bobby Orr doesn’t skate on the ice out there. Those days are gone….
“I’m very disappointed in the penalties we took.
“They were lazy penalties. Too many hooks and hold ups. We need to let our legs do the work and keep our sticks on the ice.
“I’m also disappointed there weren’t more infractions the other way.”
-Flyers coach Peter Laviolette after defeating New Jersey in overtime. More on the Flyers from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files.
“You can talk the talk; ultimately, though, it comes down to how you walk. And they walked with a pretty good swagger and a pretty good pace tonight. We played like it was just another game.”
-Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette after losing to Atlanta yesterday. More from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
What he wasn’t happy with were some of the calls that went against his club, including a high-sticking penalty on Simon Gagne, wiping out a Mike Richards goal that would have made it a 2-0 game in the first period.
“Going back and looking at that game, there are just too many penalties that never happened,” said the head coach. “On that play in particular, Simon Gagne didn’t high stick anybody. So, it turns around and goes the other way.
“Scott Hartnell did not, in my opinion, interfere with the goaltender (at 7:44 of the first period). I don’t know if it’s a reputation from the past, but you know we want to play tough, physical…we don’t need to go to the box. But, we’re still going there, and our players aren’t taking penalties.”
“I want players playing hard. I want them running out the door to play the game hard in a system that attacks the puck in all three zones. If you can get a team that works hard, if you can get a team that’s disciplined - not only from the penalty box but disciplined in their life, disciplined in the system that you put in on the ice - if you get a team that cares about each other, there’s nothing that you can’t do. I truly believe that.”
-Peter Laviolette, new Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. More from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News.
from Chip Alexander of Canes Now,
While saying the decision to fire Peter Laviolette as the Hurricanes coach was made by general manager Jim Rutherford, team owner Peter Karmanos said today he approved of the move.
“I didn’t like our coach,” Karmanos said. “His public persona and his private persona were two different things.”
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Peter Laviolette and in a unique about face, have replaced him with former Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice.
Sources say Maurice will remain on as head coach at least until the end of the season, at which point the position will be re-evaluated leaving the Hurricanes the freedom to head in a different direction, or sign Maurice to a long term contract.
added 10:10am, from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes have fired coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.
The team has called a press conference this morning to announce the coaching change.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Laviolette’s uncertain position ranks among the five most significant coaching crises in the Hurricanes’ time in North Carolina—this week’s Tuesday Top Five.
5. NOVEMBER 2008: After consecutive embarrassing losses, Rutherford on Thursday issued a scathing critique of the team’s work ethic. In the end, that’s an area for which the coach bears final responsibility. Coming off last season, when the Hurricanes missed the playoffs because of poor play this time of year, Rutherford made it clear he would not countenance a repeat performance.
The Carolina Hurricanes are shaking up Peter Laviolette’s coaching staff.
The Hurricanes announced Monday that one of Laviolette’s assistants and the coach of their top minor-league affiliate are switching jobs. Tom Rowe is leaving Albany to become an assistant with Carolina, and Jeff Daniels is leaving the NHL club to take over as coach and general manager of the River Rats.
Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said the switch gives Daniels a chance to run his own team while the addition of Rowe infuses the Hurricanes’ coaching staff with fresh ideas.
General manager Jim Rutherford said Friday that the team would retain the coach who in 2006 led the Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup. Speculation swirled for the past month about Laviolette’s future after Carolina missed the playoffs in both seasons after its championship run.
From Luke Decock at the News & Observer,
Where did all the goals go?
“Am I satisfied with one goal [Wednesday] night? No,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Do I think we’re going to score one goal consistently game after game? No. I don’t think it’s a fluke that we’ve put in the goals we have since the year started. All teams go through it.”
There are no excuses now: With Scott Walker back, all 13 Carolina forwards are healthy for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals. They’re just not producing.
Rod Brind’Amour has three goals in the past seven games. Matt Cullen, Jeff Hamilton, Eric Staal, Cory Stillman, Ray Whitney and Justin Williams have combined for seven. Carolina’s defense, meanwhile, has chipped in only three goals all season.
from the News & Observer,
As of Wednesday morning, three of the NHL’s top 10 scorers were Hurricanes, as were six of the top 30, three of the top 21 in goals and three of the top 10 in assists….
“It’s the style that we play,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “There’s an identity we’re looking for and it’s about the puck and about offense. Another number that ties into that is goals against and goals for.
“The separation there is I think highest in the league. You’re trying to establish a defensive game as well, but with the offense sometimes one has to give. I’m glad to see that separation growing.”