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Trotz has interest in Capitals, Canucks

May 12, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz looks on prior to the start of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
(January 30, 2013 - Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Former Nashville Predators bench boss Barry Trotz is excited about the prospect of coaching a new team and it sounds like there are multiple suitors out there, but that doesn’t mean he’ll find a new home in the near future.

“I don’t expect anything to happen or really to get going until the end of this month and the first part of June,” Trotz told the Washington Post.

Why? Well, take the Washington Capitals for example. Trotz confirmed that they have reached out to him and there’s some mutual interest, but Washington wants to hire a new general manager first so that he can have the final say on the coaching vacancy.

Trotz also spoke about his interest in the Canucks, per the Metro News, but the situation is the same in Vancouver. It’s probably not coincidental that new Canucks president Trevor Linden said that he wants to hire a new general manager by the end of the month.

Both teams have significant offensive talent, which might concern some due to Trotz’s label as a defensive-minded coach. He recently argued against that perspective and did so again today.

“I think I’m very adaptable. When we had Paul Kariya for a couple years and we were a little deeper at forward we were a pretty high scoring team,” Trotz said. “I’ve played a number of different systems based on our personnel but I like the personnel to dictate the strength.”

The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes have also been listed as potential destinations for Trotz.

  1. valoisvipers - May 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    The dude looks like an undertaker.

  2. joey4id - May 12, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    LOL! Check out this pic of Trotz when he was with the Pats.

    http://www.reginapatsalumni.net/2011/05/ex-regina-pats-barry-trotz-by-ron.html

    • JoeAvg - May 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      WOW! He had a neck then! Wonder what happened?

    • tomas3345 - May 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      lol nice find

  3. barkar942 - May 12, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    So here is a picture of Trotz looking at Ovechkin from the bench after a botched defensive play, and the picture on the front of the Ovi scores on Thomas article is his response to Trotz- back turned and not listening.

  4. capsnbohs23 - May 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Im more worried about the GM search right now, Jay Feaster is a potential candidate which is pretty scary

  5. imleftcoast - May 12, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    I watched a video of Trotz and his son, Nolan. That’s a good man. Todd McLellan would still be my first choice, but Trotz would help re-build some trust with the players in Vancouver.

  6. JoeAvg - May 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    NO TROTZ! Wait for the call from Shero – it’s coming (I hope).

  7. muckleflugga - May 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    according to his physiotherpaist, barry suffered a playing career ending back injury, and in the present, scoliosis and a bit of webbed neck …

    precipitated by hours combing blogs, time better spent studying the scott bowman guide to personality and cup winning methodology

  8. bmoreredfury311 - May 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Need a GM or a Assistant GM from a proven organization first. Then a new coach.

  9. live4hockey - May 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    This a good fit for the Caps. The best option actually, IMO

  10. gbart22 - May 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Was Todd fired in San Jose?

  11. mnwildfan15 - May 12, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    He could be waiting to see if Yeo stays or not first.

  12. mackstrong2013 - May 13, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    Given that Wilson has basically told the world Mc stays if he stays, which he will, time to full court press for Trotz

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