Today it was announced by Darren Pang on Twitter that Nashville Predators’ associate coach Peter Horachek had been fired. This comes as a huge shock to some as Horachek has been a staple in Nashville hockey for a very long time. Many may remember Peter as being the go to guy when Brent Peterson had to step down after battling Parkinson’s disease, but some may remember him as the former coach for the Nashville Knights (Pensacola Ice Pilots) hockey team of the ECHL.
Horachek has been living in Franklin, Tennessee and had been interviewed previously for head coaching jobs by both the Florida Panthers, and the Predators’ newest rival the Dallas Stars. A lot of people speculated he could potentially wind up in Colorado, but now his coaching future is really up in the air. What is even more surprising is, we don’t know exactly why this move was made. Did management go to Barry Trotz and say “someone has to be accountable for this year.” Did Trotz think Horachek was in line for another job and dismissed him so he would take the job? Only time will tell.
What can be said though, is since they started working together both Barry Trotz and Peter Horachek have made a very good team. It seems year in and year out the Nashville Predators are in contention for a playoff birth, with exception of a rare couple of seasons much like this one. I wish the best for Horachek, and I know the community and the team will miss him greatly. However, hockey is a business, and just like in any other sport when you don’t have success you’re liable to be put on the chopping block.
There are no leads as to who could potentially come in and coach for the Predators. Could we see a connection happen again between Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz? It would be hard to believe Ruff would take an assistant coaching job, but Trotz and him have coached together for the Canadian men’s national team, and if Ruff doesn’t get a job offer from elsewhere he might be game to come in for a season or two. That kind of experience would be unmatched, and put the Predators’ in a very enviable position…however, it could also put a lot of pressure on Trotz. A former Jack Adams’ award winner is coming to coach with you after you were the fourth worst team in the NHL, no pressure.
For now, this is all speculation. All we really know is, Horachek is gone and the organization has lost a very stand up individual.
Best of luck Peter.