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Video: Poile likes Lavy’s ‘fun way to play’

May 6, 2014, 5:26 PM EDT

Nashville general manager David Poile met with reporters today after naming Peter Laviolette the Predators’ new head coach. Here are some highlights from the presser:

— Poile wanted four things in a new coach:
1. A good person.
2. Someone that brought a “little bit different style of play” compared to longtime predecessor Barry Trotz (translation: more up-tempo, offensive-oriented).
3. Someone with a track record of winning in the regular season and playoffs.
4. Someone that had won a Stanley Cup, which Laviolette did in Carolina (2006).

— The hiring process was sped up after other coaching vacancies sprung up around the league. (Florida, Washington, Vancouver, and Carolina all need new head coaches still.)

— Poile liked that Laviolette’s teams have generally been high-scoring, and he credited the coach for the development of young forwards like Eric Staal, Justin Williams, Matt Cullen, Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Matt Read, and Wayne Simmonds.

— With the Preds’ already-strong goaltending and blue line, plus Laviolette’s more offensive system (that’s also a more “fun way to play”), Poile thinks Nashville can be a “lot better” next season.

— Poile admitted the Preds still need a “big-time forward,” so expect them to take a center or winger with the 11th pick in the upcoming draft.

  1. djshnooks - May 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Excellent hire. If Buffalo didn’t keep Nolan, I wanted them to go after Laviolette.

    He truly is a great hockey coach…give him some offense and they’ll be a great team.

  2. blackheart78 - May 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    And somehow David Poile will still figure out a way to draft a defenseman with the 11th pick. To get an upgrade at forward your going to have to give up something to get something or actually spend a couple bucks and get someone who isn’t a career 3rd liner. Lavy is a good coach. I am just not sure he is going to have the forwards to execute his system. Should be interesting an interesting 14/15 season in Nashville.

  3. lesleyvissersfacelift - May 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Happy to see Poile has two eyes in that video.

  4. gbart22 - May 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Eh. Everyone loves offensive coaches until the team gives up too many goals on a consistent basis and never ends up winning anything though to be fair to lavs hasn’t had a goalie like rinne to work with so maybe it will work out differently. But there is a reason he is on to his fourth team in ten years.

  5. flyinhighwithvick - May 7, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Now trade Weber to Philly for LeCavalier and the Schenns.

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