In making his first hire, Nashville Predators general manager-in-waiting Barry Trotz wanted someone he was not only familiar with but somebody he could trust. Enter Andrew Brunette — a member of the Predators roster during their inaugural season who scored the first-ever goal in franchise history.
Nearly everyone who’s either played with, for or under Brunette speaks highly of him, including his former Predators teammates from that expansion 1998-99 season. Two of those teammates, Cliff Ronning and Jayson More, spoke to Nashville Hockey Now about what kind of teammate Brunette was and what kind of coach he will be.
After meeting the Nashville media on Wednesday afternoon, Brunette appeared on NHL Network shortly after to discuss reuniting with Trotz and coming back to coach the team he played for during its inaugural season.
What exactly can be gleaned from Brunette’s hire? The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun lists a few things he learned about the Predators and their new head coach.
With Brunette now in charge, former Predators head coach John Hynes finds himself unemployed. But that may not be for long. According to Mollie Walker of the New York Post, the New York Rangers have requested permission to interview Hynes. Another former Preds coach, Peter Laviolette, was the reported frontrunner for the job before Hynes became unemployed.
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