New coach, 4 teammates as Predators report to camp
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators made the biggest change in franchise history during the offseason. Now it's time for the Peter Laviolette coaching era to kick into high gear.
The Predators reported Thursday for training camp with Laviolette in charge after being hired in May to replace the only coach Nashville ever had in Barry Trotz, now with Washington. They also have four new players in James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy and Ollie Jokinen.
Captain Shea Weber says they have to make the new people feel comfortable and help fit in right away. Trotz was fired in April after 15 seasons with the former expansion franchise and was the only head coach Weber has ever had in the NHL. Weber said the change is exciting.