WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette as coach Tuesday, turning to an NHL broken-down who obtained the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and saw a a hit elope with Nashville pause alongside with his firing in January.
Laviolette replaces Todd Reirden, who turned into once fired final month after a 2d consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs.
Laviolette, 55, has 18 years of skills as a head coach. He most lately coached the Nashville Predators but turned into once brushed off in January after 5 1/2 seasons with the team. On the time, the Predators had dropped four of 5 video games and frequent supervisor David Poile acknowledged several players — and the team — had been taking half in a long way underneath expectations.
Laviolette also led the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Stanley Cup Final. He also beforehand coached the Recent York Islanders.
“Peter is a a hit NHL head coach who has obtained a Stanley Cup and brings a wealth of skills to our team,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan acknowledged in a observation. “We feel he’s a great communicator who will encourage our players to play with passion, constructing and self-discipline, whereas helping our young players reach their ability. As smartly as, he’s a high-character particular particular individual that is extremely revered for his instructing pedigree, all of which accumulate him the ideally suited particular person to manual our team to compete for the Stanley Cup.”
Laviolette will more than likely be the seventh coach since Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin entered the NHL. Pushing apart Reirden final month turned into once an acknowledgement that the longtime assistant wasn’t able to build up the most out of a team built to proceed contending for championships with Ovechkin, centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, wingers Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie and defensemen John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov in the prime of their careers.
Ovechkin has one twelve months left on his contract and several varied high players are signed prolonged elope.
Laviolette ranks 16th in all-time instructing wins with a profession narrative of 637-425-123. He also has coached the U.S. on the area championships several occasions.
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