Our friend Dave Boehler of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Lane Lambert has been hired as an assistant coach by the Nashville Predators.
The Admirals have scheduled a press conference for tomorrow afternoon.
What to say…..what to say…… I feel like I’m writing a eulogy.
This news is not all that surprising. Many of us had a feeling this day would happen sometime this summer. And we can’t be happier for Lane. We weren’t sure whether he’d be a head coach somewhere (I don’t know if he was in talks for the Florida job before it was filled or not), or whether he would step right into the vacated assistant spot with Nashville.
Why this makes sense: Lane has helped helped develop so many of the players already contributing on the active Preds roster. Familiarity has to be an asset. And it’s not like Lane is coming from a free-wheeling run-and-gun type system. Lane knows the Predator way better than anybody else outside of the organization. He will be a great fit.
I know I speak on behalf of Sutty, Jason, and Eric Kent when I type this: Coach Lambert has been great. From a media standpoint, we will miss the heck out of him. We are thankful for the time he has given us, his thoughtful answers, and the look he would always give us when some new guy would come into the locker room and ask a dumb question. And from a performance standpoint, the way he was able to get the most out of his players was outstanding. I know fan opinion of the coach varies quite a bit, but I am of the opinion that these were four great years for the organization, and whoever they hire to replace him will have ginormous shoes to fill.
Word is that the next Admiral’s coach will NOT be announced at this press conference tomorrow…and that’ll give us some time to speculate and take wild stabs in the dark about who the candidates are….but that’ll wait for another post.
Best of luck, Coach.
Feel free to leave your best wishes in the comments. I don’t know if he reads us or not, but he knows we exist, and your wishes may get back to him at some point.
Do you have a favorite Lane Lambert moment?