Update (4:15pm): Vignan fills in some of the details, indicating the extension binds Laviolette to the club through the 2020-21 season. Evidently the current contract between the parties was set to expire following the 2018-19 campaign.
The Nashville Predators have extended the contract of head coach Peter Laviolette, adding another two years to his pact, according to a tweet from Adam Vingan, who covers the team for The Tennessean. It’s unclear how many years remained on the current deal, though perhaps it’s fair to assume he was entering the final season.
Laviolette was named head coach of the Predators in May of 2014 and in two seasons has posted a record of 88 – 52 – 24. The 200 points the club has accumulated during that time is the 10th highest team total in the NHL. He replaced longtime head coach Barry Trotz, who was hired by Washington upon his dismissal from Nashville. Laviolette is just the second man to serve in the capacity during the 17-year history of the franchise.
Prior to joining the Predators, Laviolette spent five seasons behind the bench in Philadelphia, leading the Flyers to three postseason berths, including a run to the Cup Final in 2009-10. He guided the Carolina Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup Championship in 2005-06, though the club missed the postseason in each of Laviolette’s other four seasons at the helm. The former defenseman got his NHL head coaching start with the Islanders, spending two years in New York and leading the team to the playoffs in both seasons.
All told, Laviolette has a career head coaching record of 477 – 334 – 25 – 87, winning two division titles, a Stanley Cup and guiding his teams to eight playoff berths in parts of 14 seasons behind an NHL bench.