Report: Capitals to name Peter Laviolette as new head coach

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Report: Caps to name Peter Laviolette as new head coach originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington” data-reactid=”14″>Report: Caps to name Peter Laviolette as new head coach originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Capitals will hire Peter Laviolette as the new head coach to replace Todd Reirden, according to multiple reports on Tuesday. Laviolette was among the three front-runners for the job along with Gerard Gallant and Mike Babcock.” data-reactid=”15″>The Capitals will hire Peter Laviolette as the new head coach to replace Todd Reirden, according to multiple reports on Tuesday. Laviolette was among the three front-runners for the job along with Gerard Gallant and Mike Babcock.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="As a head coach, Laviolette has won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes and led two other teams to the Cup Final. His overall career record is 637-425-25-123. He has a reputation as being a tough coach on the players, seemingly fitting the type of coach general manager Brian MacLellan was looking for when he said he wanted someone who could "push some buttons" with the players.” data-reactid=”20″>As a head coach, Laviolette has won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes and led two other teams to the Cup Final. His overall career record is 637-425-25-123. He has a reputation as being a tough coach on the players, seemingly fitting the type of coach general manager Brian MacLellan was looking for when he said he wanted someone who could “push some buttons” with the players.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It's a move that makes a lot of sense, especially considering the other two finalists. Laviolette is the same style of coach as Babcock, but comes without the same level of controversy. He also has had the same level of success as a head coach, but with rosters that have not featured as much talent as Babcock's Detroit Red Wings team. Gallant is also seen as more of a players’ coach than Laviolette and has never lasted more than three seasons at any of his three stops as a head coach.” data-reactid=”21″>It’s a move that makes a lot of sense, especially considering the other two finalists. Laviolette is the same style of coach as Babcock, but comes without the same level of controversy. He also has had the same level of success as a head coach, but with rosters that have not featured as much talent as Babcock’s Detroit Red Wings team. Gallant is also seen as more of a players’ coach than Laviolette and has never lasted more than three seasons at any of his three stops as a head coach.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Washington will be Laviolette's fifth team as head coach. His deal with the Caps is for three years&nbsp;and will pick up all of the $2.5 million remaining in the final year of his deal with the Nashville Predators.” data-reactid=”22″>Washington will be Laviolette’s fifth team as head coach. His deal with the Caps is for three years and will pick up all of the $2.5 million remaining in the final year of his deal with the Nashville Predators.

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