With the NHL Awards being given out in Las Vegas on Wednesday, I had the opportunity to chat with this year's Nashville Predators nominees for 102.5 The Game. Goaltender Pekka Rinne (Vezina Trophy) and Head Coach Peter Laviolette (Jack Adams Award) each fell short of winning their respective awards, but both had tremendous years.
Often the best time to catch a coach or player for an interview is during the offseason, when their minds are not totally focused on the next game or practice. This was certainly the case here, with both giving excellent insight.
- Provides his thoughts on Las Vegas now that he has been there a few times, and the satisfaction of being recognized for getting back to an elite level after two injury plagued seasons.
- Rinne talks about the newly instituted 3-on-3 overtime coming to the NHL in the 2015-16 season.
- I ask for his impressions of young Preds goalie prospect Jusse Saros, a fellow Finn who played with Pekka at the recent World Championships.
Peter Laviolette Interview:
- The Predators bench boss discusses how coaches can try to create a good environment and instill confidence in their players.
- He shares his initial thoughts on the new OT rules, and talks about how coaches will have some work to do on how to approach playing 3-on-3.
- I ask for his impressions of Pekka Rinne's season.
- Laviolette talks about building on a successful first season, and his thoughts on going into year two with a deeper understanding of his personnel.