Peter Laviolette back behind NHL bench with Nashville Predators

Peter Laviolette back behind NHL bench with Nashville Predators

Peter Laviolette is back where he belongs: coaching in the NHL. On Tuesday, the Nashville Predators announced the hiring of Laviolette, becoming only the second person to hold that title in franchise history.

This is Lavy’s first head-coaching job since he was fired as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers back in October, and I know what you’re all wondering.

Does this in any way affect the fantasy that the Predators will trade All-Star defenseman Shea Weber to the Flyers?

In all seriousness, there’s not much of a Philly angle to this story beyond Disgraced head coach in Philly gets another shot. Laviolette earned the rather dubious distinction of becoming the earliest mid-season firing in NHL history when the orange and black made the move to replace him with Craig Berube just three games into the 2013-14 campaign. The Flyers were 0-3-0 at the time.

Largely as a result of that embarrassing situation, Laviolette never received a proper sendoff.

Lest we forget, this is the same man who took over for John Stevens in December of '09 and wound up leading Philadelphia within two wins of the Stanley Cup. The same man who needed to be restrained by Berube or he would’ve climbed into the Pittsburgh Penguins bench to attack head coach Dan Bylsma. The guy who we learned could string together a series of curse words that would motivate a locker room like no other thanks to HBO’s 24/7 series during the lead-up to the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

While his departure was actually slightly past due, I’ll look back on Laviolette’s tenure as Flyers head coach fondly. After all, the team he signed on to coach in ’09 and led to an Atlantic Division championship in ‘10 was not the same one he missed the playoffs with in ’13 or was relieved from in October.

It’s nice to see Laviolette back in the NHL—and in the Western Conference, where the damage he does to the orange and black can be contained.

>> Predators hire Peter Laviolette as new coach [AP]

The Phillie Phanatic got an awful makeover

The Phillie Phanatic got an awful makeover

The 2017 Philadelphia Phillies look quite a bit different than the team that trotted out on the field last season.

One constant, however, is the Phillie Phanatic who brings his A-game every single year for most of our lives.

His consistency is remarkable.

Until now!

In a new promo video, the Phanatic attempts to get a makeover at the hands of shortstop and stylish dude Freddy Galvis.

The only problem is: if you're going to give the Phanatic dreadlocks -- and really, this sounds like a great idea to me -- you have to give him GREEN dreadlocks.

You'll notice they give him a 'fro at the end which is greeted with approval and it matches.

Carson Wentz talks Derek Barnett, that Cowboys hat and crazy Eagles fans

Carson Wentz talks Derek Barnett, that Cowboys hat and crazy Eagles fans

Carson Wentz has had a whilrwind few days in Philadelphia as the city hosts the 2017 NFL draft.

He took some time between posing for selfies with Eagles fans and messing with Dallas Cowboys fans and hitting trick shots on live TV to talk about his busy week with CSNPhilly's Danny Pommells.

Obviously that pesky Cowboys' fan was a topic of interest.

"He was coming up and was getting booed. I was like, 'I can't take this picture.' So I nicely took his hat off and set it down and took the picture. He was cool with it. It was all in fun," Wentz said.

Carson also spoke about the record-setting Philly crowd and impressive atmosphere on Day 1 of the draft

"It was crazy. I didn't know what to expect being at the Draft Experience. The fans just kind of all circulated, it was nuts. That's Eagles fans. So much passion."

As for the Birds' first round pick Derek Barnett? Wentz had to look him up just like many Eagles fans.

"I watched some film of him. He's a dynamic player. He can really turn that corner and bend around that corner. I'm happy he's on our team I'll tell you that."

"I've heard he's a hard-working kid so that will serve him well," Wentz said.

The NFL Draft Experience continues on Friday and Saturday and is free for all fans.