Three years after John Hynes was chosen as his replacement as head coach of the Nashville Predators, it appears Peter Laviolette is returning the favor.
Both Laviolette and Hynes were in consideration for the head coaching job with the New York Rangers, and it as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported, it’s looking like Laviolette will get the job. Washington Hockey Now’s Jared Serre has more details here.
There is word this afternoon the NYR and Peter Laviolette are gaining momentum. Nothing is done until it’s done, but, barring a swerve, looking like Laviolette as next Rangers head coach.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 12, 2023
The Predators have 10 players set to hit restricted free agency including key players like forward Cody Glass and defensemen Alex Carrier and Jake Livingstone.
Nashville Hockey Now‘s Nick Kieser spoke to a couple of agents and looked at where the Predators stand with contract negotiations with a few of their RFAs.
The same is true for NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman and Mike Morreale, who in their latest dueling mock draft, were divided between forward and defense.
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(Photo: Peter Laviolette. Credit: John Russell/Nashville Predators)