It was buried on their website but the Nashville Predators issued a statement Tuesday afternoon on the decision to fire associate coach Peter Horachek.
The statement, from general manager David Poile: “We thank Peter for his contributions to our organization during his time here. He has been a dedicated coach who brought passion to his role each and every day. We wish Peter the very best in his future endeavors and made this difficult decision at this time to allow him to pursue other opportunities.”
The statement appeared nowhere on the front page of predators.nhl.com and the headline under the "Predators News" section said only "Statement from David Poile" but made no reference to Horachek.
The team added that a replacement would be hired “in the near future” but that it would have no further comment at this time.
Horachek, a member of Barry Trotz’s staff since 2003-04 and the head coach at Milwaukee for a season prior to that, was fired Monday.
He is only the second assistant in franchise history to be fired. He was promoted from Milwaukee when Paul Gardner was let go following the 2002-03 season.