History is not on his side
Since becoming the general behind the bench of the Nashville Predators in 2014, Laviolette has led the franchise farther than ever before. That success culminated in a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. It was the third time Laviolette made it to the Finals as a coach (2006-won, 2010). He has been a fantastic coach in the National Hockey League. However, he has one flaw: he can’t repeat his success.
Peter Laviolette has coached the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Nashville Predators in his 15 year NHL coaching career. There has been only one time during any of his stints where his team achieved a higher point total than the season before (excluding lockout-shortened seasons). That was the 07-08 Carolina team. That year, the ‘Canes posted 92 points after an 88 point season. Other than that instance, he has brought diminishing returns year-over-year. Just look at his time holding the reins for the Nashville Predators.