Predators sign Hynes, extension staff coach | Nashville Predators

The game couldn’t have been better against John Hynes in the first three years of his tenure as head coach of the Nashville Predators.

After two seasons shortened by COVID and the first full season of 82 games since 2019, Hynes, who originally signed a three-year contract with the club after taking over from Peter Laviolette in January 2020, has done enough in the eyes of the general manager. David Poile to give the benefit of the doubt after signing a two-year contract extension with the Predators on Thursday.

Assistant coaches Todd Richards, Dan Hinote and Dan Lambert also signed matching extensions.

In 166 games over two seasons, Hynes led the Predators to a 92-64-10 regular season record. And his .554 winning percentage is better than those of his two predecessors – Laviolette (.549) and Barry Trotz (.465) – during their stints with the team.

However, Hynes has just three playoff wins in 14 games, and he failed to get the Predators through to the first round in three tries. With star goaltender Juuse Saros injured, the Predators were swept for the first time in franchise history this year by the Colorado Avalanche.

Under Hynes, Roman Josi (23 goals, 96 points), Filip Forsberg (42 goals, 84 points) and Matt Duchene (43 goals, 86 points) had career seasons in 2021-22, with Josi named runner-up for the Norris Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award.

Some of Nashville’s younger players such as Tanner Jeannot (24 goals, 41 points), Yakov Trenin (17 goals) and Philip Tomasino (11 goals, 32 points) have also proven themselves as young emerging talents capable of fueling the offensive. Jeannot led all NHL rookies in goals and hits (318) and was second in shorthanded ice time (206:06).

The Predators also had the best power play (24.4), most hits (2,470), second most goals scored (262) and eight most wins (45) in the league. franchise history this season.

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