Predators make a change to coaching staff, fire one member

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:10pm
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The Nashville Predators fired associate coach Peter Horachek on Monday.

There has been no official word from the team but the member of Barry Trotz’s staff since 2003-04 was informed of the decision. Hockey analyst Darren Pang reported the firing earlier Monday night via Twitter.

Horachek joined the franchise in 2002-03 as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals. That year he led that team to a 32-27-14-7 record and its first playoff series victory since 1998.

He became an assistant coach for the Predators the following season and was promoted to associate coach in 2011-12, when Brent Peterson moved to a front-office position.

The only other time Nashville made a change to the coaching staff was when Paul Gardner was fired following the 2002-03 season. Horachek was hired as his replacement, and the Predators began a run of seven playoff appearances in eight seasons.

Nashville missed the postseason and finished next-to-last in the Western Conference in the recently completed 2012-13 regular season.

Horachek also coached in the International Hockey League, where he won a championship in 2000-01, and the East Coast Hockey League, where he won a conference title in 2001-02. He also was coach of the Nashville Knights (1990-91).


6 Comments on this post:

By: eamus-catuli on 5/21/13 at 6:24

I really hate to see this but the Preds didn't have a good year on the PK, PP or with shootouts. And Peter was the specialty teams coach - hope he latches on with another organization quickly and I wish him the best of luck.

"Make something idiot-proof and the world will build a better idiot"

By: Sylvan Park on 5/21/13 at 7:17

Sylvan Park

Best Wishes Coach Horachek and thanks for all you do for this organization and the community!

By: fan13 on 5/21/13 at 8:54

hattrick..GOOD LUCK COACH ! you are simply the scapegoat for Trotz. The head coach is responsible for the team play with your assistance. The poor play of the team and it's inability to do well in post season play has been consistent with the tenure of Barry Trotz and you are simply the second scapegoat. David Poille messed up the negotiations with Ryan Suter and his reluctance to deal with that and the tenure of the Head Coach should cause him to be replaced. If these 2 were running a high school team they'd have been replaced 10 yrs and 2 owners ago.

By: sharko20 on 5/21/13 at 9:39

This is nibbling around the edges. Preds will continue to disappoint with Poile at the helm.

By: Predbear on 5/21/13 at 10:00

As the last person said, the blame for this teams failures belongs primarily to Poile. That anyone on the coaching staff had to lose their job considering the lack of scoring talent they have to work with every season is a shame.

By: ancienthighway on 5/21/13 at 11:16

Both Poile and Trotz were needed in the beginning to build the Predators from nothing into a team that could be a contender. They had no money to work with, so developing players in the AHL was essential. There does come a time when that strategy is outmoded and a change is needed. The Preds reached that point log ago. But having a tight wad as owner keep the Preds playing that game.

If the current owners are willing to put up the money to rebuild this time, Poile and Trotz need to update their strategy. Unfortunately, I don't believe either are capable of doing that. I think the team is tire of hearing the same song over and over again and not seeing any progress beyond where they have been. It's time the Preds stop being a development team for the rest of the NHL and become an NHL team. I don't think Poile and Trotz are the people that can make that happen. I'm surprised they still have their jobs after this last season.