Looks Like Peter Laviolette Isn't Going Anywhere Next Season....
4/16/2013 9:51:00 AM
Forget the rumors about Peter Laviolette's being fired after the season.
Without formally announcing it, general manager Paul Holmgren gave Laviolette a strong vote of confidence in Montreal on Monday.
Asked whether he planned to make a coaching change after the season, Holmgren was succinct.
"I haven't even thought along those lines," he told The Inquirer in a phone conversation. "I think it's been a difficult year because of the [injury] situation. We haven't had our whole team all year.
"I don't blame the coaches."
After Monday's morning skate, Holmgren said he expects Laviolette to be his coach next season.
Laviolette, who has two more years on his contract, downplayed Holmgren's comments.
"We have to focus on what we can control, and that's the game tonight," Laviolette said.
"I don't think about that too much," he said when asked whether he felt relieved to get a vote of confidence. "We've got a big game and that's way more important."
The players seemed to like the news that Laviolette will return.
"I like Lavy. I like the way he approaches the game, the way he approaches us to get ready for the game," winger Scott Hartnell said after the morning skate. "I like the person he is. Everyone respects him. It's not his fault the way we've come out and played."