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Peter Laviolette on Tuesday was hired as the new coach of the Nashville Predators, signing a multiyear contract.

Laviolette becomes just the second coach in franchise history, following Barry Trotz, whose contract was not renewed following the 2013-14 season.

"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," general manager David Poile said. "He is a great hockey mind who not only has a winning resume, but has done it with an aggressive 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."

Kevin McCarthy also joins the coaching staff and will serve as an assistant alongside Lane Lambert and Phil Housley.

Laviolette won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has also coached the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, and has a career record of 389-282-63 with 25 ties. The 389 wins place him second all-time among U.S.-born coaches.

"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. "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."

Laviolette has made six postseason appearances, posting a series record of 9-5. He led the Islanders to back-to-back Stanley Cup Playoff appearances in 2002 and 2003, ending a seven-year postseason absence for the franchise, and advanced beyond the opening round three times with the Flyers, including in 10, when he took over midseason and proceeded to lead the team to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Laviolette started the 2013-14 season with the Flyers and was fired after three games. He is currently serving as head coach of the United States' entry at the 2014 World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, his third time in the role.

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can't believe that retread landed another job. he's worse than tortorella.

The Flyers thought so highly of him that they fired him 3 games into the season.

Honestly surprised by this signing by Nashville.

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It was ridiculous when Philly canned him in the first place. 3 games in.

It was also inspired by the Flyers regression in the previous season where they missed the playoffs.

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Is this is first time coaching in the West? I know he coached Carolina and Philadelphia, but am unsure to the rest of his career.

Also, pretty sure he won a cup with Carolina and went to the finals with Philly, all with an offensive style.

Edit: His first head coaching job was with the NYI, where he was there for two seasons and made the playoffs both years (they had previously missed the passed seven years).

In the Cup winning season, he was one vote short of winning the Jack Adams (Lindy Ruff won 155-154).

Answer- yes, first time in the West (even as an assistant).

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I think he has a lot of upside to him. He's done good things with so-and-so teams in the past. And Philly firing him was obviously soothing that was hanging over him from the previous year. I just have a bit of a hard time seeing him as a coach for the Preds. Probably because of their different style a la Trotz, but hope it works out. They do need a legitimate 1C and a top-6 winger to make it to where they are aiming.

Busy off season coming for them, I hope.

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