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Why Did Barry Trotz Resign?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This was about money, sure. But it was about principle as well.

The Washington Capitals weren’t willing to pay Barry Trotz at a level commensurate to his peers, so the veteran head coach decided to step down just 11 days after bringing the franchise its first Stanley Cup.

It’s telling that in announcing Monday’s decision the Capitals expressed disappointment but praised Trotz: “Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”

It is those same qualities that drove him to walk away. In Trotz’s mind, the team left him no other choice.


added 7:15pm, from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

“His representative wants to take advantage of Barry’s experience and Stanley Cup win and was trying to negotiate a deal that compensates him as one of the better coaches in the league — a top-four or five coach — so he’s looking for that type of contract,” MacLellan said Monday.

MacLellan said he was hopeful the two could agree on a “shorter-term deal,” but he said that a five-year term was a “sticking point” because that would have kept Trotz with the team for nine seasons and “there are not many coaches who have that lasting ability,” MacLellan said.


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I can understand bickering over the $$$/season to a point but not being willing to do a 5 year deal for a coach who has done nothing but get a lot of his rosters for almost 20 years now is just silly.

Trotz will get the money and term he wants somewhere. He might have to sit back for few months and wait on the ideal situation but he’ll find it. Washington better hope he doesn’t land somewhere else in the Metropolitan division and that the head coach they choose can keep the team competiting.

Trotz and his agent did make a mistake though. When they agreed to an automatic extension based on winning the Cup, as reported, they should have made sure that contract paid him among the top 5 salaries in the NHL, not some fixed salary based on what coaches were earning a few years ago. You’d also think a cup win to a team like Washington would be worthy of more than a 2 year extension.

Posted by evileye on 06/19/18 at 08:57 AM ET


Would like to see him land with the Isles with Lou.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/19/18 at 09:32 AM ET


Trotz and his agent did make a mistake though.

He’s going to be probably the highest or second-highest paid coach in the league, whereve he signs.

They didn’t make a mistake at all.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/19/18 at 10:44 AM ET

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