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Predators’ coach Trotz rips Kostitsyn, Smith

Apr 29, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

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Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz had a strong critique of two players – Craig Smith and Sergei Kostitsyn – during his Sunday press conference.

“We expected production from Sergei and Craig Smith and we got none,” Trotz told the Examiner.com.

“Both those guys, we were looking at them to be top-six, top-seven forwards and we got no production. Craig Smith and Sergei were on power plays all year. I did it to try to get them going. I tried different things to get those guys going.

“I knew that we needed them because we score by committee and we had some committee members that didn’t get ‘er done.”

The 26-year-old Kostitsyn, who has one more year left on his two-year $6 million contact after this season, had just three goals and 15 points in 46 games.

Smith, 23, experienced a downturn in his second NHL season, scoring only four times and 12 points.

Those two players were part of the overwhelming problem, and that was the Predators, ravaged by injuries, had trouble scoring goals.

They finished at the bottom of the NHL, along with the Florida Panthers, in goals-for per game at 2.27.

  1. jonkchar - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    im sure they’re frustrated, but that seems a bit much

  2. contraryguy - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Coach Trotz is lucky to have a job. 14 years, playoffs for about half those years; never won his division, never got past conference semis. Complain if you want, Barry, but the bucks stops at your desk.

  3. 2qswing - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Time and place coach. even if you want to move them you just diminished their value to the entire league with your big mouth

    • metaligoat - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      he’s not saying that because he wants to move them. he’s saying it to light a fire under them so they go into the offseason with something to think about. maybe putting a chip on their shoulders will get them working harder and working through the offseason so they can prove him wrong. i’m not saying it will necessarily work, but that’s why you say something like that.

  4. President Charles Logan - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    just a glitch , the preds will be back and improved next season … and trotz is just calling it like it is , it’s refreshing actually

  5. cameltoews - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    A bit of a hypocrite president Charles Logan. You say tired act for Torts but when your coach acts exactly like Torts it’s a breath of fresh air…..I understand people’s hatred for the guy. I’m a ranger fan and I’m starting to get tired of him. But, like trotz here, torts always always tells is like it is.

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