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NHL notebook: Predators hire Laviolette as coach

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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9:57 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators wanted experience and a proven winner as their new head coach, and general manager David Poile believes that's what they got in hiring Peter Laviolette — just the second coach in the franchise's history.

Laviolette has won nine of the 14 postseason series he has coached with the Islanders, Hurricanes and Flyers. He also won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina and coached the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.

The Predators announced Tuesday they signed him to a multi-year contract.

“My challenge will be to impart a system that enables our young forwards to thrive and reach their offensive potential,” Laviolette said. “Being a perennial Stanley Cup contender requires buy-in, passion and commitment from every player on the roster. I can't wait to get to Nashville and get started on our journey.”

Coaches nominated

Mike Babcock of the Red Wings, Jon Cooper of the Lightning and Patrick Roy of the Avalanche are finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

The NHL Broadcasters' Association voted for the top coach after the regular season. The winner is announced June 24 in Las Vegas.

Babcock led the Red Wings to a 93-point season and their 23rd consecutive playoff berth, the longest active streak in North American pro sports.

Cooper is in his first full season as a head coach. He guided the Lightning to second place in the Atlantic Division a year after they were 28th in the overall standings.

Roy, in his rookie season as a coach, helped Colorado finish third in the overall standings after placing 29th overall the year before.

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