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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
So Barry Trotz is out as the Nashville Predators’ head coach after 15 seasons at the helm, the longest-tenured coach in the league finally paying the price for two consecutive playoffs absences. What Trotz could have done differently to keep Pekka Rinne healthy is a question for another day, but the overriding sense was that the Predators were going to make a coaching move after this year unless they miracle playoff run.
The name most closely linked to Nashville is that of former Philadelphia Flyers’ coach Peter Laviolette, with whom David Poile, the Nashville Predators’ president of hockey operations and general manager, has a good relationship with through their USA Hockey backgrounds.
Trotz immediately goes to the top of the list of possible replacement for other teams that did not immediately fire coaches Monday morning. Could he be a fit in Vancouver, for example, if the Canucks ultimately decide to part ways with John Tortorella? Trotz has all of Tortorella’s experience, but a far greater ability to work with players and get the most out of them. If the plan in Vancouver is to retool rather than rebuild and hope the Sedins bounce back in a meaningful way, then Trotz could be a good choice.
Nashville, Tenn. (April 14, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager announced today that Barry Trotz’s coaching contract will not be extended and that the organization will immediately begin a search to identify a new head coach for the 2014-15 season. Trotz has been offered a position within the organization’s hockey operations department and will consider his options before making a decision on the position.
from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,
The only head coach in Nashville Predators history so far will not be back next season.
Barry Trotz will not return for a 16th season with the team, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Trotz has been with the Predators since the franchise's first game in 1998, hired by general manager David Poile to steward a rag-tag group of players plucked in the expansion draft mixed with younger prospects.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
It seems illogical, but the Coyotes playoff odds have been boosted more when the team has been off the ice than on it.
Timely losses by the Dallas Stars during the pursuit of the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference have kept the Coyotes not only afloat but feeling in control of their fate.
But, as per usual, that optimism took a hit when the Coyotes actually played and now they will need some help to still be in the hunt come this weekend.
After a 2-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena to increase their losing streak to six games, the Coyotes remain in ninth with 87 points. That keeps them only two points shy of the Stars for eighth, but a win by Dallas today over the St. Louis Blues would eliminate the Coyotes and erase all meaning in Sunday's regular-season finale at home against the Stars.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
That Clune, an experienced fighter, took on an inexperienced player who has barely any track record with fisticuffs didn’t sit well with some of the Capitals even though they acknowledged Wey wasn’t ambushed into fighting.
“They had a little tangle before the fight and they were talking to each other a bit and Weysie seemed to be a willing combatant,” Troy Brouwer said. “But at the same point guys who are known to be fighters, they have to have enough respect to pick their spots to know when guys are able to fight fighters.”
Said Oates: “I’m surprised the guy would do that but they had contact, they kind of looked each other in the eye and Patrick also didn’t back down. Got to give him credit for that.”
more including Oates saying it appears Wey will be okay. No concussion test was given last night but he did not return to the game..
Watch the fight below...
Jones left the game near the end of the first period.
The Predators announced he is out with an upper-body injury.
from John Manasso of FoxSports Tennessee,
When Predators general manager David Poile traded the organization's longest-tenured player -- and leading scorer among its forwards -- at the NHL trade deadline a few weeks ago, he said he wanted the team's forward corps going forward to have a different look.
What did he mean by that?
"The quick translation is we have to score more goals," said Poile, whose team ranks 24th in the NHL in goals per game at 2.40 but who has one of the higher-scoring defense corps. "It's just been frustrating. The year is probably going to be remembered that (goalie) Pekka Rinne missed three-quarters of season (with a hip infection). If we would have had him, where would we have been? Where would we be in the standings? Where would our goals be?
"There's no question we need to score more goals. I like a lot of our forwards. I like a lot of what they do but right now the finish isn't there. That's something that can we change with this present group or do we need to change at least some of the group? Again, as I said at the Legwand trade -- Legwand was our leading scorer -- I'm not putting it on David Legwand, but it's not working. We have to have some changes."
Featuring Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz.
via Jimi Russell at the Nashville Predators site,
After missing 51 games due to an infection in his surgically repaired hip, goaltender Pekka Rinne will start for Nashville on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rinne recently completed a two-game conditioning stint with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals (Feb. 28-March 3). The Kempele, Finland won both outings, turning away 33-of-35 shots against to post a .99 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
In his last five NHL games prior to his injury, Rinne was 3-1-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage – turning away 120-of-128 shots in those contests. The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist is just five wins shy of surpassing Tomas Vokoun's mark in all-time wins (157; Vokoun, 161), and has been among the League’s elite since becoming a full-time starter in 2008-09, ranking first in shutouts and among the Top 10 in wins, save percentage and goals-against average prior to his injury.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
I know Weber’s the face of the Predators, but I also know if the future Hall of Famer Pronger can be traded, so can Weber.
I also know Oilers president of hockey ops Kevin Lowe LOVES Weber. Weber is in his prime, he’s 235 pounds, only Zdeno Chara shoots the puck as hard, and Z stands in front of the net on the Boston powerplay now.
So Weber, who probably has at least seven more years as an elite defenceman, currently pounds it better than anybody else.
If you were the Oilers and Weber was in play, what would you be willing to give up?
Would you consider trading Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Weber? I can’t fathom the Predators not asking for either Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall, who might get 80 points this season, in any package for Weber.
Would that be a non-starter for the Oilers or is Weber, in his prime, too good to pass up, no matter the cost?
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