Nashville Predators hire Peter Laviolette, he becomes 2nd head coach in franchise's history


NASHVILE, Tenn. - Peter Laviolette is the new head coach of the Nashville Predators.

The NHL team announced today that Laviolette has signed a multi-year contract.

In October, Laviolette was fired by the Philadelphia Flyers after the team started the season with three straight losses.

Laviolette, who started his NHL head coaching career in 2001 with the New York Islanders, guided the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup win in 2006.

He also led the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup final, where they lost to Chicago.

Laviolette succeeds Barry Trotz, who was fired last month after 15 seasons as head coach of the Predators.