NHL • The Nashville Predators wanted experience and a proven winner as their new head coach, and general manager David Poile believes that's what they got in hiring Peter Laviolette just the second coach in the franchise's history.
Laviolette has won nine of the 14 postseason series he's coached with the Islanders, Hurricanes and Flyers. He also won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina and coached the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010. The Predators said Tuesday they signed him to a multi-year contract.
The Predators reached the Western Conference semifinals in 2011 and 2012 but missed the playoffs the past two seasons.