Laviolette likes his opportunity with Predators

Laviolette likes his opportunity with Predators

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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette already has brought the Stanley Cup to the South before and is eager to try to do it again.

Laviolette, who coached the Carolina Hurricanes to the 2006 title and was announced Tuesday as the second coach in Predators franchise history, spoke to reporters Wednesday on a conference call from Minsk, Belarus. He currently is coaching the United States team in the World Championships.

Laviolette brings championship experience to a franchise seeking to return to the playoffs after a two-year absence. Not only did he win a Stanley Cup with Carolina, Laviolette reached the finals with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

Nashville has never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs in its first 15 seasons of existence.

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