Nashville fired Peter Laviolette on Monday after coaching the Predators in the playoffs in each of the five previous seasons.
Assistant coach Kevin McCarthy has also been fired. Predators (19-15-7) dropped four out of five in Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins. I’m 11th in the Western Conference ranking with 45 points.
There was no word on a replacement for either of the two coaches. General Manager David Poile praised his work in one version.
“Under the leadership of Peter and Kevin, our organization has reached unprecedented levels – from our franchise modification run to the Stanley Cup final to the Presidents’ Trophy and our first two central division titles,” he said. “Their passion for the game, the ability to motivate a team and lead to be the best makes this a difficult decision.”
55-year-old Laviolette went 248-143-60 in 5 and a half seasons with Nashville. Predators lost to Pittsburgh in the 2017 Stanley Cup final, made it to the second round of the playoffs in 2018 and were eliminated in the first round a year ago.
Nashville signed free-agent striker Matt Duchene with a seven-year $ 56 million contract on July 1, but exploded during the first half of this season. He hasn’t won more than two consecutive games from a series of four games in late October.
This marks the sixth change of NHL manager of the season.
Laviolette was only the second trainer in the history of predators. Barry Trotz was behind the bench for the organization’s first 15 seasons.
Before coming to Nashville, Laviolette trained New York Islanders (2001-03), Carolina Hurricanes (2003-09) and Philadelphia Flyers (2009-14). He has 637 wins in 18 years as an NHL coach.
He coached the hurricanes at the Stanley Cup championship in 2006 and reached the Stanley Cup final with Philadelphia in 2010.