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Nashville Predators have benefited from change in leadership
Nashville Predators have benefited from change in leadership

With Barry Trotz as their coach, the Nashville Predators were always pesky, competitive, and solid defensively. He had stood behind their bench from their birth as an expansion team in 1998, a constant presence while the NHL's coaching carousel careened around him. But in time his defense-first approach became an endpoint, not a beginning. When the Predators missed the playoffs last spring for the second straight season and General Manager David Poile decided not to renew Trotz's contract, Poile went to the opposite end of the spectrum for a new coach and turned to Peter Laviolette's offense-first philosophy. "If you're going to make a change you want to do...

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