Head Coach John Hynes receives extension from the Nashville Predators
Ricky Gray | May 20, 2022
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Added to his own agreement, his assistant coaches will stay with the team as well.
After being eliminated quickly in the NHL playoffs, the Nashville Predators have decided to extend HC John Hynes. The extension isn't very long though, only going through the 2023-2024 season.
He'll be keeping his assistant coaches with him per the new extension. They'll look to build on the current success they've had, but hopefully have a better showing in the postseason through the next few years.
Predators General Manager David Poile announced the extension on Thursday, stating: "I believe John and his coaching staff are the right move to lead us back into Cup contention, and I will do everything in my power to give him the necessary tools to accomplish that goal."
Hynes was hired back in 2020, taking over as Nashville's third head coach. Through his time with the Predators, Hynes has only won three playoff games.
Most believed that this Predators lineup would perform much better during the postseason. They had Roman Josi, a Norris Trophy finalist, and Matt Duchene, who set the franchise's single-season, goal-scoring mark. However, they were quickly swept by the Colorado Avalanche.
Hynes has stated that they plan on cleaning up penalities during the offseason: "We've all got to be better to get to a level where that series can be much more competitive than it was."
The Predators organization will also look to keep Filip Forsberg, who had one less goal than Duchene.
Forsberg scored 42 goals in 69 games through the 2021-22 season and becomes a free agent this season.
In regards to Forsberg, Poile said: "We are going to continue working to try to find that right deal that works for both sides, and we know that he can be a big piece of where we are trying to go."