Predators coach Laviolette gets contract extension

The Nashville Predators added two more years to coach Peter Laviolette’s contract, GM David Poile announced Saturday.

Peter Laviolette guided the Nashville Predators to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs’ second round in 2015-16. It was the furthest the franchise has ever gone in the post-season.

His reward? How about a multiple-year contract extension?

Predators GM David Poile announced the two-year deal on Saturday for Laviolette, the coach he hired to replace longtime bench boss Barry Trotz in 2014. The deal keeps Laviolette under contact with the team through the 2020-21 campaign.

Laviolette has reached the playoffs in each of his two seasons with the Predators, accumulating 200 points thanks to an 88-52-24 record. He was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2014-15. 

Laviolette is entering his 15th season as an NHL head coach. He’s amassed a 477-334-112 career record with the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Predators. He won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and reach the final with the Flyers in 2010.

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He’s now charged with taking the Preds to the next level. And they could be primed to do just that.

The Predators have been pegged for a second-place finish in the Central Division, according to THN’s Yearbook. The team’s score/venue adjusted 5-on-5 Corsi was 52.73 percent, good for fourth in the league. They also added P.K. Subban, a positive possession player, to the mix in a blockbuster trade from Montreal for former captain Shea Weber in June.

The Subban-for-Weber swap was the only significant change to the team. The Predators’ offense (2.73 goals for average, tied for 12th), defense (2.6 goals against average, 14th), power play (19.7 percent, 10th) and penalty kill (81.9 percent, 12th) all ranked in the top half of the league.