Loviolette’s deal is believed to be for three years, a source told ESPN.
The 55-year-old Laviolette has 18 years of experience as a head coach and ranks 16th in all-time victories with a career record of 637-425-123. Laviolette won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and most recently coached the Predators, but was fired in January after five and a half seasons with the team. Laviolette led the 2010 Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Laviolette is still contracting with the Predators for next season, making $ 2.5 million, but the Capitals expect that salary to be covered as part of the deal.
Loviolette replaces Todd Rirden, who was fired three days after being eliminated from the playoffs by Washington this summer. Shortly after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, the Capitals hired one of their top assistants, Rirden, after falling into a contract dispute with coach Barry Trotz. – Loss to Trots Islanders this summer.
Reiden has since been hired as an assistant coach in Pittsburgh.
Washington GM Brian McLennan was clear that the top criteria he was looking for in the new coach was experience. According to sources Mike Babcock and Gerard Gallant were two other finalists from Washington. Trots was only one of six coaches in the Alex Ovechkin era with previous head-coaching experience. The other five were crooks.
McLennan said last month that he began focusing on a regression in his team in late December.
“You can start to spoil the style of play,” McClellan told reporters in August. “I think we had a good culture here, and it’s starting to slip away. I think we need to get a hold of it, take it back to where we were. We’ve developed this habit of thinking That when we can play well. Instead of developing good habits, you have to play well and the game will take care of itself. ”
The Capitals face another child, tied to a salary cap, which is expected to remain flat at $ 81.5 million. Goeli Brayden Holtby, who won the cup in 2018, is an unrestricted free agent and could replace 23-year-old Ilya Samsonov in the team. Ovechkin, meanwhile, is set to become a free agent in 2021.