As the Nashville Predators continue to make their push for their first Stanley Cup, General Manager David Poile made it clear he doesn't want anyone else behind the bench guiding them there.
Poile announced a two-year contract extension for Head Coach Peter Laviolette during the team's annual Skate of the Union address on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena, a deal which will keep Laviolette in Nashville through the 2020-21 season.
Laviolette, who is beginning his third full season with the Preds, enters 2016-17 just 77 games shy of the 1,000 games coached mark, a milestone only 26 others have reached entering the season, and only 23 victories shy of the 500-win mark, a mark attained by just 23 other coaches entering 2016-17.
A native of Franklin, Massachusetts, Laviolette was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in his first season with the Predators and guided the club to Game Seven of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the furthest Nashville has ever advanced in the postseason.
Laviolette has also been the head coach of the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers during his time in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Hurricanes and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010.