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Peter Horachek promoted to Associate Coach by Nashville Predators

After being considered for head coaching opportunities in Florida and Dallas, Peter Horachek has been promoted to Associate Coach by the Nashville Predators, the position held by Brent Peterson for many years. Here's an excerpt from the Preds' statement:

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Predators Assistant Coach Peter Horachek has been promoted to Associate Coach.

Horachek has been a part of the team's coaching staff since the 2003-04 season, helping the Predators to Stanley Cup Playoff berths in six of his first seven seasons. Horachek has also helped the Predators reach the 40-win mark in each of the last six seasons, while amassing the League's sixth-highest win total (272) since 2005-06.

"Peter has brought great energy, passion and knowledge to our coaching staff for the last seven seasons," Poile said. "He has played a significant role in our overall success, including the development of so many homegrown players. He is very deserving of this promotion.

We shouldn't be too surprised, as Horachek basically takes a step up the coaching ladder and Lane Lambert comes aboard as an assistant. The outstanding question going forward is who will take over the head coaching duties in Milwaukee, which we all know is a critical position within the overall operation. Aaron Sims looked at some of the options there on MilwaukeeAdmirals.com, but it would appear that the field is pretty wide open.