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Predators hire Peter Laviolette as new coach

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The Nashville Predators have hired Peter Laviolette, who becomes only the second head coach in the franchise's history.
   Laviolette, who signed a multi-year contract, will take over in Nashville once he finishes coaching the United States at the 2014 World Championship.
   Laviolette said in a statement he loves the Predators' nucleus starting with defenseman Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne.
   Laviolette has been a head coach over 12 seasons starting with the New York Islanders between 2001 and 2003, Carolina from 2003-09 and Philadelphia from 2009 until October.
   They worked with Barry Trotz, the only other coach for this franchise.

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