The Capitals reportedly hired Peter Laviolette Tuesday morning to replace Todd Reirden as the team’s new head coach in Washington.
Laviolette, who most recently served as the head coach of the Nashville Predators, brings 18 years of NHL head coaching experience with him after stints in New York, Carolina, Philadelphia and Nashville. He has led three teams to the Stanley Cup Finals–the Predators in 2017, the Flyers in 2010 and the Hurricanes in 2006–and has one Cup to show for with Carolina.
Capitals play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati joined The Team 980’s Kevin Sheehan Show Tuesday immediately after the announcement to discuss the hiring of Laviolette. Sheehan assumes that the Caps were going to hire a veteran and experienced head coach as opposed to someone who is not proven.
“Absolutely,” Beninati adamantly states. “Brian MacLellan, Caps General Manager, made that a point of emphasis in the exiting press conferences of Todd Reirden, and true to his word, he’s gone out and grabbed what he feels is the best the candidate available and now we’ll get into seeing how Peter Laviolette will bring his coaching style to D.C. and create the identity that he sees serving the Caps best.”
“We need an experienced coach,” MacLellan had previously said of the coaching search. Beninati deems that Laviolette is the guy that will turn things around in Washington.
“Peter has a reputation for being a tremendous ‘turnaround coach’,” Beninati states. “Where ever he goes, things turn around quickly for the better. He’s brought three different teams to a Stanley Cup Final. Not many guys have done that.”
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