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Trotz looks forward to next coaching gig as teams line up

May 9, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

Barry Trotz AP

Barry Trotz coached the Nashville Predators for 16 seasons before they decided to go in a different direction. It’s the only NHL team he’s ever been the bench boss of, but he’s hoping that changes soon.

“I’m a coach,” Trotz told CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Radio. “That’s what I do and I got lots of juice right now.”

He’s giving consideration to any team that expresses an interest in him and it sounds like that list isn’t short. Washington, Carolina, and Florida have all reached out to Trotz, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. There’s also speculation that he might end up in Vancouver.

It’s likely that he’ll end up with a team that has more top-end forwards than Nashville did in 2013-14 — which admittedly isn’t saying much. It might lead to questions about how, for example, Alex Ovechkin will adjust to a defensive-minded coach, but Trotz would argue against that premise.

“I’ve been labeled as a defensive coach, but we’ve been built in the backend in Nashville,” Trotz said.

He believes that the system he coaches should be reflective of the talent he’s given. He has no problem playing a fast game if the roster warrants it. He pointed to the two campaigns that Nashville had Paul Kariya when the Predators ranked 11th and fifth in goals per game as evidence that his teams can be offensively minded.

We might see another example of that in 2014-15.

  1. hockey412 - May 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    It’s a shame GM’s can’t trade coaches.

    • 7mantel - May 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      Bergeron was trade to NYR’s from Quebec in 87 ,I believe .

      • joey4id - May 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        You are correct.

        Prior to the 1987 entry draft the Quebec Nordiques traded their coach Michel Bergeron to the New York Rangers for the Rangers 1st round pick – 15th overall.

        The Nordiques then used the 15th pick to select Joe Sakic after choosing Bryan Fogarty with their own pick – the 9th overall.

      • 7mantel - May 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Somethings stick for whatever reason ,maybe because i was younger then .lol

  2. 7mantel - May 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    For what he can bring to a team and to keep him away from the EC , I vote for Vancouver !

  3. dsume001 - May 9, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Welcome to Washington Trotz!

  4. titansbro - May 9, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Good coaches tailor their style to the personnel they have. I liked Trotz so I’m eager to see where he goes.

  5. ravenscaps48 - May 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Well, that lines up perfectly for Washington. Trotz, Gretzky as President of Hockey Operations, and Bob Nicholson as GM. LET’S GO CAPS!!!

    • joey4id - May 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Sounds great in theory. Hope it happens because it sure will be fun to watch the influence they will have on the team. However, these men come with a huge cost.

      • ravenscaps48 - May 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Uncle Ted has money. Plenty of it. Let’s just see if he can spend it.

    • esracerx46 - May 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Why people have this infatuation with Gretzky is beyond me. Great players aren’t always good hockey minds. Gretzky failed in Phoenix. Granted it was Phoenix. Not saying he couldn’t do the job, but he wouldn’t be my first choice.

  6. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    i’m trying to recall anything of consequence this guy has accomplished as a coach, a coach who habitually throws his players to the wolves

    using the media to embarrass them into performing, in absence of a coach or an offensive system capable of nhl-grade performance … trotz’s methodology has proven to be highly successful in washington and vancouver, so yeah, i see the fit

    of course any team looking for a twenty year run of mediocrity will be queuing up, so it’s understandable … edmonton, is that kevin lowe on the line

    cbc had us trying to believe that trotz’s early career with the notre dame hounds in wilcox saskatechewan, coupled with napoleon’s great nephew doing missionary work in duck lake sakatchewan, somehow imparts greatness to trotz, and some profound ability as a military strategist

    a true head scratcher … as difficult as it may seem, pierre mcguire has finally been topped for grovelling butt kiss knob polishing man love from cliché starved talking heads

    you rake, i’ll shovel

    • withseidelinn - May 9, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Get your head checked.

    • rsl22 - May 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      He did pretty well with an underfunded club, making the playoffs 7 out of 8 seasons.

    • flash8910 - May 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Easily the most idiotic rant I have read in a long time.

      The guy only took an expansion with very little talent not named Suter and Weber, and made them a consistent playoff team. Have you seen how Columbus is doing? How Atlanta/Winn are doing? How is Florida doing?

  7. rsl22 - May 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Would be great to see him in DC. It’s about time the Caps got a coach with some experience. Of course, it’d be nice to have some defense too.

  8. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 9:46 AM


    is that all you’ve got imbecile …

    you present as another one sentence half-wit wonder, brain-dead twat, capable of lighting up a computer but wholly bereft of cognitive compulsion or presenting reasoned thought producing counter point

    you and your kind are a blight in these boards, the quintessential slobbering juvenile numpties

    wrap your face around this, peasant

    • titansbro - May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      LOOK AT ME I USE BIG WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM


    and the barry trotz excuse parade rolls into view lmao

    the red wings won four cups, lost several finals, and made the playoffs twenty three years running under an array of coaches

    what did trotz do in the same period, other than find his team swept away continually, outside of one year where i recall they advanced past a red wings team with the lousiest goal-tending tandem in league history

    outside of nashville and the managing genius of david poile, trotz would never had enjoyed coaching tenure beyond three years, two the more likely

    see this, it’s the world’s smallest fiddle, crying your tune

    • Idaslapter - May 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      muckleflugga, you are just creepy.

  10. capsnbohs23 - May 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    I can see it now, Trotz comes to DC, gets Ovi to play better D but his point production drops and people start to say he is washed up and no good anymore

    • dirt2013 - May 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Don’t worry because OV will not play defense.

      • capsnbohs23 - May 9, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        well i guess he gets another 50 next season then

      • barkar942 - May 9, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        you mean another minus 50?

  11. greatmiamisportsmind - May 9, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    As a Panthers fan, I was hoping for Trotz or Laviolette. Now that Laviolette has a job, I’m all in on Trotz. He grew Nashville from an expansion team full of cast offs into a decent product today. If he came here, it’s basically an upgraded expansion team with a little higher end talent to work with, but extremely young

  12. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 10:50 AM


    creepy i may be, but you and withseidelinn prove that you and your kind have little in the way of hockey in their experience

    relying rather on voyeuristic need to track legitimate commentary, right or wrong, then deliver personal attack, this while lacking smarts or simple ability to present an idea, put it to risk, then debate the idea itself fairly

    i am canadian and i play hockey and follow it closely at all levels … i’m not sure what shi thole american backwater you call home, but in canada people live and breathe the game, debating and arguing and hurling insults about each-others teams continually … it’s a long-standing tradition, and is nearly art form

    i have to give it to some bostonians, several of whom i’ve actually played with in tournaments … they get it as well as anyone, best seen in an embedded youtube clip featuring a boston fan in mock rage attacking carey price … it was all about humour and mock outrage

    personal attacks in hockey debate occurring in a pub or in a locker room would find some humourless ass such as yourself dragged across a table or the room, after which you’d have your teeth rammed down your throat

    keep that in mind, it may save you some serious disfigurement in your otherwise bleak future

    • zetaone - May 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      I think you have some sort of serious mental condition. You sound like some kind of war vet that carries around a 12″ knife everywhere they go and talks to you uncomfortably close and in a strange voice.

      Seek help. It’s just a game. Not life. At least not for yokels like you.

    • titansbro - May 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      I USE BIG WORDS & I CAN KICK YOUR A**!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. vbcaps - May 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Teddy: dig deep into your pockets and PAY THIS MAN to bring him to Washington.

    Money talks

  14. kingcobraman - May 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    well put mf….

  15. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM


    not bad, an attempt at wit from a wit-starved faceless gnome …

    let me guess … double wide, abused by a priest when you were young but you enjoyed the first real affection you’d ever experienced regardless, drunken lout of a father who beat your idiot in-bred mother because frankly, she spawned a drooling moron such as yourself so she deserves it

    and you have the markings of a low income republican mid-manager type, chronically unemployable because you’re chronically stupid, believing everyone has to be cut from the same dry-ass cloth from which your ugly countenance was haggled

    see, how easy it is to reach down to your level

    you perceive much from the safety of a keyboard, sounding for all the world like every pencil neck swivel-chair hockey hero without the spools to actually strap-on pads and get into the hurly burly of hockey itself …

    i would understand hockey as a game because i play

    had you followed my commentary as you claim, and were you possessed of the wit to understand, you’d know much of what i offer is in fact meant to be absurd, speaking to the absurdities at play in hockey

    you on the other, are the definitive internet jack-ass, offended when somebody outs with something other than the pollution offered-up and appreciated by your kind … beyond hope because there is no hope in the vacuum of empty-headed space

    now, counter with something related to my argument about barry trotz, or admit you’re incapable of anything beyond offering-up the inane and summarily stupid personal attacks prevalent throughout these boards by like-minded idiots

    are you by any chance, american …?

    • cntrice2010 - May 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Dude shut up. I guess you can make the argument that Trotz is overrated but it is completely overshadowed by your idiotic & senseless rants. It’s comical that you go to such great lengths to appear to sound smart on an anonymous blog. Insecure about something buddy?

      You are correct in that Trotz has delivered very little post season success in Nashville during his time there. But your earlier suggestion that his limited success is only the product of David Poile’s GM wizardry is absolutely ridiculous. You don’t keep an NHL job for 17 years if you’re a bad coach – just doesn’t happen. In recent years Trotz just hasn’t had the offensive firepower to compete in the Western Conference. Not to mention, he lost Pekka Rinne for a significant amount of time this year and we all remember when Suter walked and Nashville got nothing in return. (not that I blame Poile for that – he rolled the dice but it just didn’t work out)

      Trotz is a good coach and deserves to be considered the best coach available for teams looking to make a change. But then again you already know that because you’re the self proclaimed ‘zen master’ of the NHL. Because you know, you’re Canadian and everything. (in case you didn’t catch of MF that was sarcasm)

  16. gbart22 - May 9, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I love trotz I hope he ends up in Florida id like to see him build a winner there finally Florida deserves it

  17. deathbyspl - May 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Every Russian player Trotz has ever coached bolted for the KHL. If Caps want to get rid of Ovi, hiring Barry Trotz would be a great decision.

    • 7mantel - May 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Is that true ?

      • deathbyspl - May 10, 2014 at 2:40 AM

        look it up on hockeydb

      • deathbyspl - May 10, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        in all fairness, most of those players never cut it on any other team….but Ovi would be more like Rick Nash at best in a Barry Trotz system rather than a 50 goal scorer.

      • 7mantel - May 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM


  18. pr0jecktpat - May 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    I’d like to see him in Washington, but I’d much prefer them to hire a GM before a head coach.

  19. dhillca - May 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    I can picture him now. Never had friends, computer guy programming in COBOL the last 30 years. Drinks a lot of coke and makes up adventures he has been on.

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