Posted: April 15, 2:43 p.m. CST
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that Paul Gardner will not return as an assistant coach for the 2003-04 season.
He has been offered a position as a professional scout within the team's hockey operations department.
"This was not an easy decision," said Poile. "I believe in order for the team to continue moving forward, a new perspective on the coaching staff and with the players is needed. Paul has been a valuable member of my hockey department for 13 years, dating back to my time in Washington. He was an integral member of the Predators' start-up and we look to utilize his experience and knowledge in other areas."
Gardner joined the Predators on August 6, 1997, spent the 1997-98 season scouting in preparation for the team's first campaign and then spent five seasons as the team's assistant coach.
Poile and coach Barry Trotz have begun a search for a second assistant coach.
Brent Peterson will return for his sixth season as an assistant coach for Nashville in 2003-04.