by PuckStopsHere on 04/17/14 at 12:13 AM ET
One of the most important rules that teams often violate regarding coaching is never fire your coach if he will immediately become the most sought after unemployed coach on the market. The Nashville Predators have broken this rule in firing Barry Trotz.
Trotz had been the only coach in Nashville Predator history and had done a good job with limited talent. The Predators didn't have the greatest season this year. They finished in tenth place in the West Conference. A significant reason for that was top goalie Pekka Rinne was injured much of the season and limited to 24 games played. Carter Hutton, Marek Mazanec and Devan Dubnyk tried unsuccessfully to pick up the slack. Nevertheless the Predators only finished three points back of a playoff spot.
The problem now is that Nashville will need a new coach. That coach will not be Barry Trotz. There is unlikely to be any other coach available with his track record. While it is possible the Preds may find a successful coach, it is far more likely that the newcomer fails to do as well as Trotz has done with the team.
Teams in need of new coaches are lining up to try to interview Barry Trotz. He is the most wanted coach in the NHL right now. I don't know where Barry Trotz will wind up, but it won't be Nashville. Nashville will be lucky to find a coach almost as good as Trotz. The problem is they could easily have had Trotz into the future, but they chose not to.
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