Peter Laviolette out as Predators head coach

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 00:01:23-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Nashville Predators announced Monday evening they have fired head coach Peter Laviolette and assistant head coach Kevin McCarthy.

Laviolette led the Predators to 248 wins since taking over before the 2014 season, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.

"Under the leadership of Peter and Kevin, our organization reached unprecedented heights - from our franchise-altering run to the Stanley Cup Final to a Presidents' Trophy and our first two Central Division titles," said Predators GM David Poile.

The Predators had their best record in franchise history under Laviolette in 2018, winning the Presidents' Trophy.

"Their passion for the game, ability to motivate a team and drive to be the best makes this a difficult decision," said Poile, "On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Peter and Kevin for all their contributions to the Nashville Predators over the past five-and-a-half seasons."

Nashville entered this season with high hopes, but a slow start has found the Predators out of the playoffs and near the bottom on the Central Division, which the Predators won just two years ago.

Laviolette was a finalist for NHL Coach of the Year in 2015.

No word yet on who will take over coaching duties.