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Video- Barry Trotz Says His Goodbyes To Nashville

Watch part of the press conference below, via the Tennessean...

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What’s Next For Barry Trotz?

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.

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The Nashville Predators Announce Barry Trotz’s Coaching Contract Will Not Be Extended

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.

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Report- Barry Trotz Will Not Be Back As Head Coach Of The Nashville Predators

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.

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Video- NHL Life Episode 7: A Coach’s Life

Featuring Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz.

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Is Barry Trotz On The ‘Hot-Seat’?

from Patrick Helper of Predlines,

My question is this. If the Predators miss the playoffs again this year, could it be the last time Predators fans see Trotz behind the bench?

I’m not calling for his head. I’m not trying to start an anti-Trotz movement. I’m simply saying that after last years miss, and the changes that were made to the coaching staff and training staff; there is a possibility that Barry takes the fall if the Predators miss again....

Look at it this way, if Lindy Ruff can be fired, why not Barry Trotz? I can’t help but think it may be Win or Go Home.

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Afternoon Line

“I know some guys are playing over their heads, some guys quite clearly can’t play at this level, that’s plain and simple. We’re going to sort that out and go from there. Some guys, I’m not happy with their game. They have to give us more. And I can go top to bottom. There’s some guys in that locker room who can give us a lot more, and that’s the part that bothers me.”

-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Nashville Predators via Josh Cooper of The Tennessean.

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Evening Line

“As I said, our best players have to be our best players and they weren’t in the first two games,” he said. “For spurts they were, more so in the first game than the second one. We’re going to need production from everyone in the lineup. Our top players have to be our top players and so far, that’s not the case. We’re getting beat with our own formula: good goaltending, a healthy dose of team defense and a healthy dose of work ethic and we’ve got to get back to our game a little bit.”

-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Nashville Predators.  More on the Preds from John Manasso at NHL.com,

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Did You Know?

from Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal,

(Barry) Trotz is one of just four coaches in expansion-team history to have a record better than .500. (His all-time points percentage is .534.) Tom Coughlin, who coached the Jacksonville Jaguars for their first eight years, is his closest competitor, going 68-60 (.531) and twice reaching the conference-title game.

Because expansion teams usually struggle at first, their initial coaches typically don’t last long. More than 79% were dumped within their first four seasons. Trotz, who is in his 13th, is the only one to last a full decade.

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Tootoo Tackled His Demons

From Ken Wiebe via Slam Sports:

The end result saw Tootoo enter the NHL’s substance abuse program last December and emerge with a clearer mind and an improved game.

“He’s got his life in order,” said Predators head coach Barry Trotz. “He’s had a lot of demons and a lot of things that get in the way. If you’re your life and your head is not clear, then it’s just full of clutter. You don’t have the motivation, you don’t have the instinct, all of those things. He couldn’t grow as a hockey player anymore.

“When he came back, I thought he had the best stretch of his career. Not only is he still a force with the physical contact and as a tough, game-changing type of guy. But those skills that we knew he always had, are starting to come to the forefront. He’s capable of producing a lot, he’s capable of being a higher contributing guy in our lineup and he wants to do that. He’s very proud of the fact he had to change his life and it’s not really easy.”

So what was it that led the 28-year-old Tootoo to realize that he needed to get help?

“There comes a point in life where you have to take a few steps back and reevaluate your whole situation,” said Tootoo, whose older brother Terrence committed suicide in August of 2002.

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Evening Line

“I watched the film and then I slept like a baby — I woke up every two hours and cried.”

Nashville coach Barry Trotz, reflecting on his team’s game last night.

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The Trotz Standings

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Trotz spent much of our conversation talking about the NHL’s looney-tunes points system that makes it virtually impossible for teams to gain ground in the standings during the second half of the season.

“At the end of the year, I’d love to see the games sorted out and the standings re-jigged to reward teams that won in regulation,” said Trotz, noting he’s brought it up with his GM, David Poile, in the past. “He just kind of looks at me and says, ‘Well, some teams will wind up with 150 points if we do things that way.’ And I say, ‘Who cares? If you’re a team like Detroit that wins a lot in regulation and you recognize and reward them for that, that just means they’re really good.’ ”

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Trotz Throws His Hat Into The Ring For Team Canada Coach

from Scott Taylor of the National Post,

When Steve Yzerman was named general manager of Canada’s 2010 Olympic hockey team, it was assumed by some that Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock would be named Canada’s next head coach.

Hearing Babcock’s name was somewhat refreshing considering that for so long the same names always seemed to come up—Pat Quinn, Ken Hitchcock, Marc Crawford, Andy Murray.

While Babcock, with his experience handling the highly-skilled members of the Red Wings, would be a terrific choice, so too would a guy who would love to answer his country’s call.

“There is nothing more exciting or more rewarding than playing or coaching a national team,” Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz said. “I’ve done it twice at the world championships and they were both among the greatest experiences of my life. “

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Developing Tootoo’s Skill Set

From Mark McGee at the Nashville Daily News:

Predators coach Barry Trotz is giving [Jordin] Tootoo the chance to work on two of the top lines in training camp. He has been teamed with Jason Arnott and J.P Dumont and with David Legwand and Martin Erat.

“If you are going to be a top-six forward then you have to play with top players,” Trotz said. “I want to give him more time with the higher end offensive players and with the hard-working two way players like Scott Nichol and Vern Fiddler.

“He’s getting there. We know he can shoot. And he gets on the fore check hard. But he is a lot more poised with the puck. He has a lot of ability. We are just trying to reinforce that with him.”

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Timonen Can Stop The Best

from Mike Sielski of phillyBurbs,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — two of the three most dynamic offensive forces in the NHL — playing on separate lines. So, the core question of this series was put to Trotz on Tuesday afternoon: If you were John Stevens, would you match Timonen against Crosby or Malkin?
 
“Wow,” Trotz, the head coach of Timonen’s former team, the Nashville Predators, said over his cell phone. “Which devil do you want to dance with? The Penguins will probably play Crosby with [Marian] Hossa, so I’d play him against them. ... The best way to answer is, whatever player whose game you think you need to take away most, that’s the guy to put Kimmo on. He can really take people’s games away from them.”

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NHL Conference Call with Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz

On today’s NHL conference call for the media, the guests were Buffalo Sabres’ coach, Lindy Ruff, and Nashville Predators’ coach Barry Trotz. The coaches were invited to help preview the semifinal round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Here is the transcript from the Q&A.


Q. I wanted to ask you both, if you were to make a pick here of the final four teams in each conference, why wouldn’t you pick the team that did best against your own team? For instance, Buffalo did well against Montreal and Philly but 0-4 against both Pittsburgh and the Rangers. Nashville did well against Detroit and Colorado but 0-4 against San Jose, and 3-1 against Dallas.

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Trotz Still Without A Contract

from David Climer of the Tennessean,

What’s taking so long? More than a month ago, word leaked out that a new contract was forthcoming. Majority owner David Freeman was on board, saying that Trotz “has done an outstanding job in a very challenging situation.”

Then nothing happened. It made you wonder if somebody had inserted a Playoffs Or Bust clause into the deal.

Well, the Preds are in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. And of those four, this is the most unlikely team to make the postseason.

These Predators are relying on a goalie, Dan Ellis, who looks skinny before the game and downright emaciated afterward.

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The Other Music City Miracle

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

The Predators had all the look of a Dead Franchise Walking, after a fire sale of several of its top players and a stormy ownership change in which a Canadian billionaire tried in vain to hijack the team to Hamilton.

One month and just four victories into the season, you could hear the “I told you so’s” from Tennessee to Timbuktu.

“Everybody had written us off,” Trotz, reached in St. Louis, was saying yesterday.

If they can pull it off in their last two games, the NHL’s coach of the year might just be a born-and-bred Manitoban who penned hockey’s version of the Music City Miracle.

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Morning Line

via the Tennessean,

“We’re in a playoff hunt right now,’’ Trotz said. “We need good goaltending. It’s so disheartening on the bench when we let bad goals happen.’‘

“We’re up 1-0 to start the second period and I think we’re feeling pretty good,’’ Trotz said. “We come out of the locker room with confidence and then a feeble wrist shot from the blueline goes in. We need that save.’‘

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Give Trotz Job Security

From John Glennon’s blog at The Tennessean,

Over the past couple of months, the Predators have signed David Legwand to a six-year contract, Jordin Tootoo to a two-year contract and forward J.P. Dumont to a four-year contract. It’s time to show a little commitment to the organization’s coaches and scouting staff as well.

Predators general manager David Poile has already said new contracts are in the works for Barry Trotz and company, but it’s not clear yet what length the deals will be. The coaches have become accustomed to working on one-year pacts (they’re doing it again this season), but they deserve a little more security.

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Barry Trotz Knows Hockey

from the Winnipeg Free Press,

We put five quick questions to the Barry Trotz:

* What’s the best thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The best thing is the skill level. The speed and skill right now is amazing.

* Worst thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The officiating.

* Best team in the NHL?
Trotz: Detroit Red Wings

* Best player in the NHL?
Trotz: Pavel Datsyuk.

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Looking At Barry Trotz

from the Tennessean,

Barry Trotz has a new look. After years of coloring his ever-maturing locks, the Predators coach has traded his bottled brown for au natural.

The look suits the tenured coach, but even now, with his gray shining through, blue is the color that really defines him.

The son of a railroad mechanic and a restaurant employee, Trotz and his blue-collar work ethic have followed an untraditional path to the upper levels of the National Hockey League.

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