The team has announced Peter Laviolet as the new coach of Washington Capitals.
Laviolet’s contract is believed to be for three years, a source told ESPN.
The 55-year-old Laviolet has 18 years of experience as head coach, ranking 16th in all-time victories with a career record of 637-425-123. Laviolet won a Stanley Cup with Hurricane 2006, most recently coaching the Predators, but was sacked in January after five and a half seasons with the team. Laviolet led the 2010 Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Stanley Cup Final.
“We think he’s a great communicator who motivates our players to play with passion, structure and discipline, while also helping our young players reach their potential,” Capitals GM Brian McLellan said in a statement. “Also, he’s a man of high character, who has a lot of respect for his coaching pedigree, and all of them make him the perfect man to lead our team to the Stanley Cup.”
“I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to lead this hockey club,” Laviolet said in a statement. “It’s a successful organization with a lot of expectations. I want to train these great players and bring my experience and vision to the team.”
Laviolet is set to make $ 2.5 million with the Predators next season, but the capitals are expected to bear this salary as part of the deal.
Laviolet replaces Todd Reardon, who was sent off three days after being knocked out of the Washington playoffs this summer. Shortly after winning the 2018 Stanley Cup, the Capitals hired one of their top assistants, Ryder, after a contract dispute with coach Barry Trots. However, the capitals were knocked out in the first round in the first two seasons of the Riordan, with the Trotsky Islanders losing the game this summer, including five.
Riardan was hired as an assistant coach in Pittsburgh.
McLellan made it clear that the main criterion he was looking for in a new coach was experience. Sources said Mike Babcock and Gerard Gallant are the other two finalists in Washington. Trots is the only one of the six coaches Alex Ovechkin The era of former head-coaching experience. The other five were rookies.
McLellan said he noticed a slowdown in his team in December last month.
“You can see the style of play is deteriorating,” McLellan told reporters in August. “I think we had a good culture here, and it’s starting to slip. I think, we need to grab a hold of it, we need to bring it back to where it was. We have developed a habit of thinking we can play well. Instead of developing good habits, games should take care of themselves.”
Capitals are facing another office season in which they are stuck in the payroll range, which is expected to spread to $ 81.5 million. Goalie Braden Holtby, Who won the cup in 2018, is an unrestricted free agent who can walk away when the team turns 23 years old. Ilya Samsonov On the web. At the same time, Ovechkin is set to become an agent in 2021.