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Trotz says goodbye to Nashville with full-page ad in newspaper

Apr 20, 2014, 8:27 PM EST

After 16 seasons as Nashville Predators head coach, the team parted ways with Barry Trotz after missing the playoffs for a second straight season in 2013-14. Considering how rare it is to see a coach last that long in the modern NHL, it’s no surprise that Trotz has deep ties with the community. He showed as much on Sunday.

Predators play-by-play guy Pete Weber shared an image of a full-page ad Trotz paid for in The Tennessean to thank Predators fans and the Nashville community overall:

CBS’ Eye on Hockey transcribed Trotz’s message so you don’t need to squint:

I came to Nashville in 1997 as a young NHL coach, but found a family and a home. This community welcomed me, my family and the Predators with open arms and, over the last 16 years, together we have experienced so many great moments creating a special bond between the team, the players and the fans.

It has been an honor to coach the Nashville Predators for the last 16 seasons. Special thanks to the absolutely first class ownership group, David Poile, who I am thankful for giving me a chance and allowing me to work along side him. I am forever grateful. Thank you to the hockey operations staff, the front office, and most importantly, to the fans of Smashville for making Bridgestone Arena such a great hockey environment.

My wish is that this community continues to support those individuals and organizations such as Best Buddies and My Friends House that are near and dear to my heart. Thank you to the ownership for your generous donation this week to the Best Buddies of Tennessee program. This epitomizes your character and commitment to this organization. This community is a wonderful place to live and work and my family will always be grateful for the hospitality we have received and the friendships we have formed that will last a lifetime! We’ve been blessed.

Thank you Smashville!

Classy stuff from Trotz, which is far from surprising.

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  1. lowenni - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Feel bad for the guy. He did some great stuff for the team and has helped mold a lot of Nashville players into top performers in this league. Nashville’s woes are much more because of their GM Poile’s inability to bring in a forward scorer than it is of Trotz’s defensive system. The guy’s a great coach and a great person and I doubt he’ll be jobless for much longer.

  2. pwshrugged - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    If Minnesota continues to get spanked by Colorado and makes an early first-round exit, I think he’d be a no-brainer hire for the Wild if they decided to part ways with Yeo. That’s a pretty clear upgrade… I’ve not been impressed by Yeo, not in the least.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Let’s add fuel to that fire, the Preds owner when Trotz was hired…

      Current Wild owner Craig Leipold…

  3. bag217 - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    100% class act. Won’t be unemployed for long.

  4. blackhawksdynasty - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    I like it. Classy gesture.

  5. drewzducks - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Gotta love Trotz. Can’t wait to see Torts’ full page farewell ad to Vancouver. It will consist of 2 letters, with the first being “F”.

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      While Torts and I don’t exactly text every day, I would think that his farewell ad in the paper will include seven letters and a selfie reminiscent of a classic Johnny Cash photo involving a certain finger.

  6. kevt197 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Class act. always had a lot of respect for this guy. and this is coming from a Red Wings fan.

  7. paulerhythm - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    A class act all the way. It was time to go as Trotz is more a teacher and the team doesn’t need a teacher any more. Who’s available to lead this team to the next level?

    • mcphillthy - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      In my opinion peter laviolette would make a fantastic coach for this team. This team is built so well for his system….

  8. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Pure class, all day everyday.

    I feel bad for Trotz but I can’t argue with Poille wanting to move on as 16 years is a long time. I almost feel as if he had this idea before the season because everyone knew this team would struggle offensively.

    Poile has been a great GM when it cones to drafting d-men & goalies but he has really struggled to find talent up front & that’s on him, not Trotz. He better get some help up front or this team will be even worse than last year’s.

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    like others have said, total class act. Whichever team snatches this guy up is gonna be a winner. Imagine if he goes somewhere that actually has some legitimate talent up front? He always found a way to win with defense and goaltending but just never had a sniper to put his clubs over the top. He and Tippett are probably the best in the league at squeezing every ounce of talent out of a roster.

    • ithacamike - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      uh, Washington?

  10. zico25 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    I’ll be the first to suggest that if(more likely when) the Penguins falter in these playoffs, Trotz being available could exacerbate the firing of Dan Bylsma. Ray Shero was the Assistant GM under Poile in Nashville. There is a connection between the two.

  11. slysipops - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    WOW …classy guy …… not many of those around today !

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