WASHINGTON, DC (7News) — The Washington Capitals and head coach Peter Laviolette have agreed to mutually part ways, the team announced Friday. Laviolette, whose contract expires on June 30, will not return as the Capitals head coach next season.
Laviolette was the 19th head coach in franchise history and led the club to a 115-78-27 record from 2020-23.
"We are grateful for Peter's leadership and dedication to our organization for the last three seasons," senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan said. "Peter is a first-class individual who has represented our club with integrity and guided our team through many difficult circumstances in his tenure as our head coach. We wish him all the best moving forward.”
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Laviolette has coached the Islanders, Hurricanes, Flyers and Predators. He won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina and was the runner up in both 2010 with Philadelphia and 2017 with Nashville.