The Nashville Predators are not going to sit back and see what happens. The Predators have made their second big move of their offseason. Nashville missed the playoffs for the first time in four years, and that doesn’t seem to be sitting well with ownership group. While some teams in the NHL may view Nashville as a smaller market, they are showing they will not play by small market rules.
Nashville’s first move was to fire assistant coach Peter Horachek, who has been with head coach Berry Toltz for nine years. This marks only the second time in their tenure that the Predators have made a coaching change. Nashville has hired retired NHL defenseman Phil Housley. Housley has been coaching USA Hockey over the past several years, and has seen his share of success behind the bench. He brings Stanley Cup experience and a hard nosed approach. I’m sure fans of the Predators will relate to his hard-working approach.
Nashville didn’t stop there. To get their players in better condition, and to help make sure that the players can keep up top physical shape Nashville has also fired their head Athletic Trainer. Dan Redmond has been with the club for 13 years, and has been part of over 1,500 games for the club. The Predators have not named his replacement yet.
It would seem that Nashville is sending the rest of the Organization a message this off-season. With the NHL realigning next season Nashville will need to find a way to improve in every part of the game. Next season the Predators will be in a Division with Chicago, Colorado, Minnesota, St. Louis, and Winnipeg. That grouping had four playoff teams in this year’s Playoffs. The Predators will have a hard road in front of them, but they seem determined to get things right and work toward not repeating this year’s short comings.