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Poile: Letting Trotz go was ‘toughest decision I’ve had to make in my 30 years’

Apr 14, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

After 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators, Barry Trotz won’t be the head coach anymore.

Predators GM David Poile announced this afternoon that after two consecutive seasons out of the playoffs, Trotz’s contract would not be extended past this season and they will seek out a new coach for the first time since the Predators were founded in 1998.

Poile was emotional making today’s statement:

Trotz was offered a position with the organization’s hockey operations department but after being the only head coach the team has had, he may want to take a break from things in Nashville. Trotz will also likely have a host of suitors this summer with coaching vacancies possibly opening up in Vancouver and Toronto.

During Trotz’s tenure in Nashville, the Predators made the playoffs in seven of his 15 seasons behind the bench. The Preds reached the Western Conference semifinals in back-to-back seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Since then, the Preds have fallen back to the pack and amassed 88 points this season, good for sixth place in the Central Division. The 38 wins the Predators earned this year were the fewest in an 82-game season since 2003-04. Coincidentally enough, that was the first season Nashville made the playoffs.

  1. billiam55 - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    its a shame when the coaches get the blame for a GM’s mess. good luck to you trotz. im sure youll get plenty of offers this summer

    • stcrowe - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Something tells me he will have a coaching position before we get to summer. Teams will want to lock him up pretty quickly.

    • trbowman - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      It often happens but Poile hasn’t done that bad of a job. Fleecing McPhee for Forsberg. Building up his defense corps.

      Trotz is a great coach, don’t get me wrong…sometimes a change is needed though. Worked out well for Philly and they let go a good coach too. Hell, maybe Laviolette will head to Nashville?

  2. ripaslapper - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Trotz is all class and did a tremendous job during his tenure and is well respected by his peers. Shouldn’t take long before he is picked up.

  3. crazemastercraze - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Flyers, Canucks and Canes. These are the teams that should be going after him big time

    • joey4id - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      How do justify replacing Berube?

    • esracerx46 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      With the job Berube did in Philly, I think its his job. I owe Flyers fans an apology. I was adamant they had no chance in making the playoffs yet under Berube they had a hell of a turn around.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Would Trotz really work much better than Torts in Vancouver? It’s obvious that roster isn’t built for reliable two-way hockey, they’re too old to change, and that’s what Trotz demands. Philly is out of the question as Berube has pushed all the right buttons. The Canes are a possibility. If I was the Oilers GM I’d give him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Trotz knows how to work with a rebuilding team and he might be able to work some desperately needed defense into that organization. Sorry Dallas Eakins but a coach like Trotz could bring the Oilers back to respectability.

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    edmonton

  5. krebsy34 - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    It’s not going to feel right. Like when Lindy left the Sabres. Though just like when Lindy left the Sabres, teams will come calling and if he still wants to coach he will. Even if it’s a rival. I mean the Stars Lindy? jkjk Hope it works out for him where ever he lands.

  6. slysipops - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    good guy …lot of class ! maybe he’ll just decide to hang it up and enjoy life ?

  7. djshnooks - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Billiam55…you’re right, just like Lindy Ruff getting booted before Darcy Regier.

    Although I’m very happy with Ted Nolan and Tim Murray right now as our leaders.

    As for the Stars, they were never a “rival” of Buffalo, per se…but I get the joke/point.

  8. gbart22 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    It’s hard to blame trotz for gong backwards when you lost rinne for most of the season. They still were competitive night in night out and were over .500 again in a tough division and conference. How did that coaching change work out in buffalo? To me they were worse and where is Lindy? In the playoffs. If I were the panthers, islanders, oilers or even Toronto though they won’t do it because they want a more offensive minded coach I’d grab him now. He’ll have those lesser teams back in the playoffs and being competitive in no time and if you’re Toronto who has a team that could easily be in the playoffs they’d be wise to grab him like the blues did Hitchcock

  9. jeffr85392 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Somebody is going to hire Barry Trotz and be much better off for doing it.

  10. dontbsuchapuss - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Sad when you blame a coach for their players failures get rid of their union and agents and start paying them on performance and watch the game change. But in fairness preds never really spent money for the elite players but I think he did well with what he had to work with.

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