By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Nashville Predators hired John Hynes as head coach on Tuesday. One day earlier, the team fired former head coach Peter Laviolette.
Besides Laviolette, the team also fired associate head coach Kevin McCarthy. Hynes was fired in December by the New Jersey Devils.
“John Hynes is a bright young coach and great leader who has a track record of both effectively developing young players and successfully motivating veterans,” Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile said. “We love his coaching resume and are confident that he has learned from every stop during his career, and has the best skill set to get the maximum potential out of our team.”
Hynes departed the Devils following a 9-13-4 record through 26 seasons. In his four-plus seasons in North Jersey, he guided the franchise to the playoffs once.
He coached the team to a 44-29-9 record during the 2017-18 season. The team then lost in the first-round of the playoffs.
Besides being the Devils head coach, he had a successful tenure as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins head coach. He went 231-126-27 during his five year tenure, including five playoff appearances.
During his tenure there, the Penguins lost in the Division Final once, twice in the Conference Semifinals, and twice in the Conference Finals.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to join an organization with a history of success, a team with immense talent and a phenomenal fanbase,” Hynes said. “This organization has a strong foundation, from its ownership and executives to the entire front-office staff, and I’m excited to come in and try to maximize this team’s abilities.”
He took over a team that was 19-15-7 before his arrival. Hynes coached the Predators in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
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