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Christine Simpson with the feature.
via Sportsnet's YouTube page,
Barry Trotz might be the most celebrated name from Dauphin the hometown moments he has experienced may have helped shape Trotz as a Stanley Cup champion, a Jack Adams Award winner and one of the most successful head coaches in NHL history.
Before the puck dropped today.
Expectations were low heading into the Islanders' season after losing John Tavares and giving up the most goals in the NHL last season, but with new head coach Barry Trotz coming to town, things turned around fast.
from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,
Heading for the playoffs in his first season behind the Islanders’ bench, Coach Barry Trotz has found chemistry with Long Island, his presence undoubtedly a tonic for players and the team’s fervent fan base.
Trotz speaks of being recognized when running errands, often greeted with high-fives and photo requests. He mentions visiting a local Home Depot, where an enthusiastic fan shopping with her daughters recognized him and was so enthralled that she spontaneously hugged him.
“You talk about special people. Joining the Islander family and living on the Island has been special,” said Trotz, 56, a father of four in his 20th season as an N.H.L. coach. “You want to build a foundation, establish a culture that’s not a one-year thing. You want a certain standard.”
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
As the black SUV finally swings out of the parking lot at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, N.Y., the two young men in Islanders apparel clamber up from the curb and start waving. "Is this for me?" Barry Trotz wonders aloud, a question that is quickly answered when the head coach pulls over and rolls down the driver's side window.
“We waited all day for you,” one of the fans says, rushing over.
“You’re absolutely our hero,” the other says, holding up his phone.
Trotz leans close and smiles. I duck out of the way. The fans swap spots so the first can snag a picture too. “You’re the man!” he says, offering a fist pump in gratitude.
Selfies and a mild savior complex. Such is life, evidently, behind the wheel of this NHL season’s unlikeliest success story. (Apologies, Jordan Binnington.) Dismissed as cellar-dwellers when superstar John Tavares left in free agency last June, the Islanders have instead risen to the top of the Metro Division at 36–19–7 (79 points) through Feb. 26, on pace for the franchise’s best record since its dynastic rampage through the early ‘80s. Don’t blame the diehards for getting excited.
from Marik Herrmann of Newsday,
Little did those fellow Long Island Rail Road riders realize early Monday that the quiet, bespectacled fellow in their midst, wearing jacket and tie, is one of the best in the world at what he does. No one recognized Barry Trotz, Stanley Cup-winning coach, which was fine with him. He was just happy that someone assured him he was going in the right direction.
“I was a little bit nervous this morning. I didn’t want to end up in New Jersey,” Trotz said after making his first commute by rail as Islanders coach. “I had to double-check on everything. I had to ask some people: ‘This train is going to Barclays, correct?’ and ‘This is the stop, correct?’ ”
Once he gets to a rink, Trotz truly knows where he is going, probably as well as anyone behind any bench. There is no guarantee he can instantly turn the Islanders into something they are not, but he sure is going to make them better than they would have been if he were not here.
Put it this way: If the Islanders decide they want to really tank it this season and try for the top overall draft pick, they definitely have the wrong coach. By any other measure, though, Trotz is the guy.
“He’s very detailed and structured but he’s got a human element to him. He’s easy to talk to, he jokes with the players. He’ll tell jokes in meetings,” said Matt Martin, who had the third goal in a surprisingly resounding 4-0 win over the Sharks, considered one of the NHL’s best teams, on Monday afternoon. “He’s relaxed but he’s detailed at the same time. He doesn’t yell on the bench. Even in Carolina when we were getting outshot by double, he was like, ‘Don’t worry about the shot clock. Don’t think about it, don’t focus on it.’ As long as we’re working, he doesn’t have a problem. At the same time, he’ll let you hear it if you’re not going. It's kind of the best of both worlds.”
from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
For the first time in 35 years, the Islanders will have the reigning Stanley Cup champion coach behind their bench. That they are willing to pay him and that he was willing to take the job says everything about how far the franchise has come in the past two months.
Barry Trotz, the most accomplished coach the Islanders have had since Al Arbour, represents a whole new professional, aggressive approach. He also adds to it. The man who turned the expansion Predators into a perennial contender and turned the enigmatic Alex Ovechkin into a champion is the first major addition in Lou Lamoriello’s run. His arrival reinforces the point that the Islanders mean business.
“Lou is going to do what it takes to win. That got me excited right away,” Trotz said during a conference call Thursday afternoon.
The big numbers in his contract got him excited, too. That in itself was a breakthrough for the Islanders. For a good while, coaching has been a position in which the Islanders skimped. In fairness to Garth Snow, it is likely that the former general manager never had authorization to spend much on a coach.
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.
via the Washington Capitals,
Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. 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.
added 3:03pm, Elliotte Friedman tweets,
We had believed Trotz was a free agent this summer. That’s not correct. There was a two-year extension if he won the Cup in WASH. But, as coaches’ contracts have exploded in value, it was below the current market. Both sides tried to negotiate an extension....
But they could not come to terms. Trotz is now a free agent, as WASH will grant permission to other teams who want to talk to him.
added 3:03pm, via Washington Capitals PR department,
Barry Trotz statement-
"After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals. When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital. We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans. I would like to thank Mr. Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization. I would also like to thank our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success.”
via the NHL PR department,
COACH BARRY TROTZ
Q. We talked earlier in the playoffs about having a kinship with some of these players that have gone through a lot, haven't been able to get over the hump. When Ovi handed you the Cup, what was that moment like?
BARRY TROTZ: It was sort of a real special moment because we've sort of lived the same life a little bit. We had a conversation. Obviously we were down 2-0 against Columbus. We said, we're winning tomorrow, and we're going to go win a Cup together.
We got a good bond. I think we have a good relationship. I was really happy for him. I'm so happy for that group, for all the stuff that they had to endure, all the things that were said about them, Ovi in particular, Backie, that whole group.
To me, they changed all the narratives. They checked off every box. Look at every series, we were down in every series, come back in every one. It was probably fitting we were down in this game and had to come back and win.
Both coaches after last night's game.
Gerard Gallant first...
Below is Barry Trotz.
from Matthew Paras of the Washington Times,
Capitals coach Barry Trotz estimated he has received about 300 text messages since his team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 7 win Wednesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Some of them were from people he hadn’t heard from in “a while.”
“I’ve got a lot more friends than I thought I did, which is good,” Trotz said.
Trotz, though, seemed appreciative. This postseason, the 55-year-old has admitted he’s more relaxed than he used to be. While he’s kept the details private, he said experiences in his personal life have put the game of hockey in perspective.
In the last year of his contract, Trotz has responded with the best season of his career....
But Trotz is now in a good position to see a significant raise from his annual $1.5 million salary. The question becomes: will that come from the Capitals or another team?
“He’s probably going to benefit from this too,” MacLellan said. “It’s not all not good for him. I think he’s done a good job managing it. To come in this year with so many questions — not from my point of view, the lineup questions were that big a deal — but just the emotional state of our team coming in to start the year and how to handle that, I think he’s done an outstanding job.”
Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet has more on the Caps.
As Washington fans continue looking at the clock...
Rob Rossi- I'm a flea-bit peanut monkey. All my friends are junkies. That's not really true...
Barry Trotz- Head Coach of the Washington Capitals
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
“Barry, is the play by Alex that led to Sid sort of staggering into Niskanen — where he appeared to get the stick up toward the face — is that a hockey play?” Rossi asked.
“Was there a penalty?” Trotz asked. “I don’t understand . …
“Does there have to be a penalty to [not] be a hockey play?” Rossi countered. “I’m just asking. Is it a hockey play also?”
“I’m not going to defend anything,” Trotz said. “You want me to defend Alex? Then is [Chris] Kunitz’s predatory hit on [T.J.] Oshie okay? Or the one on [Nicklas] Backstrom, is that okay? I’m not gonna debate about all that stuff. So that’s a terrible question.”
“I was just asking about the stick,” Rossi said. “So, no? So, no, Barry?”
“Next,” Trotz said. “You got your answer.”
Rossi wasn't done, let's go to the video...
Barry Trotz joins Dave Amber to talk about resting players in the final stretch of the season, the tough Metropolitan division, and Alex Ovechkin.
Nice welt forming too.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz has captured the Jack Adams Award as “the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success,” as selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association.
From the New York Post's Larry Brooks...
Yes, yes, it’s true. Despite having played on two Presidents’ Trophy winners and six division champions, Alex Ovechkin never has advanced to even the conference championship round during his 11 years as a Capital, but this dubious achievement now comes with a hashtag.
As in: #StupidUnfairPlayoffFormat.
Of course, no format can quite explain away how Washington — with Ovechkin, but three different head coaches (Bruce Boudreau, Adam Oates, Barry Trotz) — has lost five series with home-ice advantage and another while holding a 3-1 series lead since 2009.
Ovechkin may have outplayed Sidney Crosby this time, but the fact is even if the Great 8 was not the overriding problem, he was not the solution. Again.
He is a great athlete and a compelling one, but is it not fair to wonder when the best player in the league is going to be the best player in the playoffs, even once?
To those singing the “It wasn’t Ovechkin’s fault” chorus: Some of it kind of was.
Brooks continues, discussing the Sharks' rebuild-on-the-fly, Brian Boyle, the Rangers' coaching plans and the Florida Panthers' coaching and front office moves.
GALLANT, RUFF AND TROTZ VOTED JACK ADAMS AWARD FINALISTS
NEW YORK (May 5, 2016) – Gerard Gallant of the Florida Panthers, Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Jack Adams Award, presented to the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success," the National Hockey League announced today.
Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots for the Jack Adams Award at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 22, during the 2016 NHL Awards, hosted by actor Will Arnett, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Following are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award, in alphabetical order:
Yohe followed up with this tweet,
Players have been suspended for a grand total of 1 game in 11 seasons for hits against Sidney Crosby, by the way.
added 2:15pm, from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz did not hold back on Monday when asked about the NHL’s decision to suspend defenceman Brooks Orpik three games for his late hit on Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta in Game 2.
Trotz inferred that the Penguins received preferential treatment from the NHL, that Orpik’s punishment was bigger because the Penguins were the victims.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Barry Trotz, take a bow.
It's too soon to say how members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association will officially vote on the Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year) once the regular season ends on Sunday, but the NHL coaching fraternity has spoken.
And they've done so quite emphatically in favour of the Washington Capitals head coach, who led his team to the President's Trophy as the NHL's best in the regular season.
In a TSN Hockey almost-end-of-season NHL head coaches' poll, Trotz was No. 1 on 18 of the 27 ballots submitted during voting conducted Tuesday. Coaches were asked to provide their top three choices; Trotz's name appeared on 24 of 27 ballots.
Florida Panther head coach Gerard Gallant, who led his team to the Atlantic Division regular-season crown, was the runner-up to Trotz. Gallant received seven first-place votes and appeared on 22 of 27 ballots.
In all, 10 of the 30 coaches received at least one vote although only four - Trotz (18); Gallant (seven), Bruce Boudreau (one) of Anaheim; and Ken Hitchcock (one) of St. Louis — received a first-place vote.
Barry Trotz was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central today and talked about the Capitals.
If you haven't realized it yet, the Caps are a very good team.
Earlier today, ESPN's Craig Custance discussed the effects that the coach's challenge has had upon video coaches, and this afternoon, the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno discusses the fact that the standards of goaltender interference have changed--not only under the new rule, but with "incidental contact" yielding more and more waved-off goals:
It can definitely help the goalies. [Jonathan] Bernier and fellow Leafs goalie James Reimer said a handful of goals against might not count thanks to coach's challenges.
"I think they would be the first ones to tell you it's great for the referees, too," Bernier said. "We all make mistakes, and obviously that can change momentum of the games."
It changed momentum of the Sharks-Capitals game, even though some players complained that there wasn't sufficient contact between Jay Beagle and goaltender Martin Jones to take the goal away. Beagle appeared to brush Jones as the puck was going by, and referee Tim Peel said the goalie wasn't able to do his job.
"Any incidental contact, call it. That's the standard that seems to be set now," Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters. "I don't have to agree with it, but if that’s the standard, then you're going to get a lot of challenges from the coaches around the league."
Rederees determining a standard for these subjective calls is crucial to how effective coach's challenges will be. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said he considers getting bumped part of the game, but perhaps the slightest contact will lead to goals being wiped out.
"It's not even a game of inches, it's a game of millimetres," Reimer said. "You get bumped on the skate lightly and he knocks you off balance for a half-second and the puck goes in."
The Capitals expect top-line center Nicklas Backstrom to miss the start of the regular season after undergoing offseason arthroscopic hip surgery, Washington Coach Barry Trotz said Thursday. Backstrom practiced with the team on Wednesday, but it was non-contact, and he and Trotz have maintained that there’s no timetable for his return.
“He won’t start the season,” Trotz said. “I know that for sure. I wouldn’t think that’d he’d play through those first four games.”
The Capitals open the season on Oct. 10, and they play their first four games at home before a Western Canada swing through Calagary, Vancouver and Edmonton. Trotz said Backstrom hasn’t had any setbacks, but he’s preparing for a “worst-case scenario” return of Nov. 1 and then working back from there.
“Going down the Canada trip, who knows? He might make that trip, but I’m not sure if he’d get to the point where he could play or not or anything,” Trotz said.
Watch as Predators fans stand up and cheer on their former coach, Barry Trotz, as he returns to Nashville for the first time coaching the opposing team.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Here’s something you don’t hear often from a fired coach: Barry Trotz, now with the Washington Capitals, ex- of the Nashville Predators, is glad that his boss, David Poile, issued him a pink slip last summer.
The dismissal, as the first and only coach in Predators’ history, gave Trotz a chance to seek out a new opportunity and the Nashville players a chance to hear a fresh voice. Trotz is succeeding with his new team – points in 17 of the last 18 games to move into a playoff spot – and Peter Laviolette is succeeding with his old team, leading them to first overall in the NHL, on a percentage basis.
So what’s not to like about the shuffle?
Trotz, who returns to Nashville for time Friday after spending 15 years behind the Predators’ bench, admitted as much this week: That the upheaval caused by losing his first NHL job this past summer has turned into a win-win for both franchises.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notebook is quite good, and it includes another take on Phil Kessel's worth, a note about the "analytics department" teams' coaching records (with an emphasis on "coaches," plural), and a great quip from Randy Carlyle about the coach-critiquing business, but given Carlyle's status and the Maple Leafs' desire to hire a head coach after this season, this seems like the most appropriate place to start:
[Mike] Babcock is a pending free agent who wants big money and a big opportunity to win wherever he ends up coaching next hockey season — assuming he leaves Detroit, which isn’t in any way certain.
The Leafs can offer up money. They can’t guarantee contender status.
That leaves the Leafs open to playing a different waiting game of sorts. Rather than wait for the available free agent, they will monitor the list of those who potentially could be out of work at season’s end.
High on their list of candidates are Todd McLellan in San Jose and Dave Tippett in Arizona. Should either of those coaches be let go, the Leafs would likely act quickly. The same is certainly true in St. Louis, should Ken Hitchcock’s Blues be eliminated again in the first round of the playoffs and a change be made there. And the least likely candidate is Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim, a Leafs lover who has had a history of terrific regular seasons and not-so-terrific post seasons.
This much is obvious: The Leafs had little interest in Barry Trotz and Peter Laviolette, who have gone into Washington and Nashville and made an immediate impact. The internal belief was Randy Carlyle was equal to, if not better than, either of those coaches.
Should the Caps and Predators qualify for the post-season and the Leafs fall short, that decision by club president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis will have proven, if it hasn’t already, to be incorrect.
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USA Today's Ted Berg spoke with the producers of Epix' version of The Road to the Winter Classic, and I guess this was inevitable...
In a small, dark room in lower Manhattan, Fritz Mitchell stares at a computer monitor as video editors tap away on computer keyboards, cuing up footage of Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.
Leonsis, interviewed in an otherwise empty hockey arena, is discussing the progress of his team's most recognizable star — forward Alex Ovechkin — and so animatedly sings the veteran's praises that Mitchell and his crew struggle to find "room tone," the arena's background hum, a note necessary for seamlessly splicing together the highlights of the interview.
"(Leonsis) seems approachable, like a regular guy," says Mitchell, a producer on the fourth season of Road to the NHL Winter Classic, which debuts [Tuesday] on Epix at 10 ET.
"We're going to make him a character," says executive producer Ross Greenburg from a couch a few feet away.
But the fact that Epix' folks claim that they want the players and coaches to "forget the cameras" after the level of--if you'll pardon me for being a blunt Red Wings fan--"embedded" journalism in HBO's 24/7 had become post-Bryzgalov guerilla journalism, i.e., "Let's try to find someone else who's wild" to the point that Mike Babcock and Ken Holland finishing each other's sentences and Todd Bertuzzi drinking beer may have been the most "human" moments of a 247 that had the Wings and Leafs stumbling their way through a December spent trying not to embarrass themselves, or be embarrassed for exploitative purposes:
“I think we’re better when we play that interior game. You put teams on notice that you’re hard to play against. Sometimes we’ve just got to paint the barn [because] sometimes we want to paint a Picasso.”
-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Washington Capitals. More from Trotz by Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.
“I don’t know if it’s staying with the game plan or whatever, but you’re in a battle. You can’t just say, ‘Okay I’m going to stop battling.’ We had a good first period or whatever. The other team’s coming out. Sometimes I get the feeling we want to play as hard as we just need to. That’s not how I operate. That’s not how you win in this league.”
-Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals head coach after losing to Arizona 6-5. More on the game from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider.
If you missed what Glenn Healy said, you can start here....
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
We’re still in the honeymoon of this relationship, with the Capitals unbeaten at 3-0-2 as they open their three-game Western Canadian swing against the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Yet it seemed fitting to ask Trotz, Washington’s fifth head coach since Ovechkin entered the league in 2005, how he plans to get the 51 goals out of his superstar winger, but shore up the minus-35 defensive rating.
“Dominik Hasek used to say, a star player starts each year at minus-10,” began the coach, referring to the desperate situations near the end of games, when a team goes all out to score and so often gives a goal up. Or the fact that the best players face the best competition, and thus, are bound to surrender more goals than someone playing against the other team’s fourth line.
“So star players start out at minus-10. How (Ovechkin) got the other minus-25, I’m not quite sure,” Trotz said with a laugh. “There are some things in his game that he is committed to change. Not all of (his deficiencies) were Alex’s fault. Some of the things he was asked to do, it probably took away from him defensively. The player that I know has been very good in all those areas.”
Normally in a column about Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals, it’s right around now where one points out that nothing this club does in the regular season matters anymore.
“I think we understand each other better.
“I think there was a little uneasiness coming in, but I think we’ve talked through everything. I don’t think there’s anything we haven’t really discussed in terms of what we need to do and why.
“We’re just starting the journey. We’re going to have some hard times; we’re going to have some good times. That’s the NHL season. It’s no different than a family. We’re starting to create a little bit of a family with our group and they’re all accountable to each other.
“Just like any family you’re not always going to be on the same page with your brothers and sisters. You still love them, but you may not agree with them all the time. We’ll have a couple of those days, but other than that we’ve made great strides.
“We have lots of work to do this year to get to where we want to be, but the foundation is there and that’s the most important thing. If you don’t have a foundation it will crumble, so we’ve been working hard on the foundation.”
-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Washington Capitals. More from Trotz by Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.
“Everybody thinks I’m going to turn him into a Selke-winner. People say he had a rotten year last year, but he still scored eight more goals than the nearest guy in the Rocket Richard race. I don’t want to disrespect his gift – the gift of scoring goals, which is one of the hardest things to do.
“I’m not going to get him to be that super-detailed Doug Jarvis type. I just need him to work defensively and have some pride in getting the puck back. That’s the way I’ve talked to him. Get the puck and score, but if we don’t have the puck, I want a plan to get it back quickly so we can go score again.”
-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Washington Capitals on Alex Ovechkin. More from Trotz by Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
You went to Las Vegas when Alex Ovechkin was there for the NHL Awards to sit down with him, have dinner with him, get to know him. Why was it important for you at the time to sit down with Ovechkin, and what did you learn from the meeting?
"You're not going to go to battle with someone you don't know. It doesn't matter what walk of life it is, whether it's business or in war. In sports it's usually a coach and player, so he understands where I'm coming from and at the same time the player recognizes where you're coming from so you get a comfort level and you can work together better. If we're going to be successful in Washington, [Ovechkin] has to be a big part of that. It's not only him, but he's a main component, a big personality, and I have to sell my vision of the team to him because he's one of the top players. In today's sport, coaches are in a partnership with their top players.
"I think it went OK. I learned a lot from that, how he thinks and how he sees the world. I know he comes from a different culture and I learned about how he views himself, how he views his job with the team. It was good. I told him what I expected. I had a bunch of questions written down and we sort of went through them. I didn't know if there would be a language barrier so I made him read the questions and try to answer them. We had some dialogue. I learned about his family, who is important in his life.
"Every player is wired differently. Some players you know exactly where they're headed, where they're going and what they're thinking. There are other guys wired differently. It allowed me to understand the personality of Alexander Ovechkin. He's been the face of the Caps for the past eight or nine years, since he's been drafted. He gets a lot of the credit when they do well and he gets a lot of the blame when they don't, but that's the responsibility for a top guy in the National Hockey League now. If you want to be the elite guy those are the responsibilities that go with it. It was good. We spent probably four hours together, and I've talked to him a couple of times on the phone as well. I think not only coaching the player but coaching the person is very important."
read on, four more questions...
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
The money ($27.5 million) raised plenty of eyebrows. So did the contract’s length (five years). But inside the organization, General Manager Brian MacLellan and Coach Barry Trotz have stood firm on their opinion that Orpik patches a blue-line hole for the Capitals, lauding the veteran’s intangibles for support.
“I know that Mac’s taken some heat on that,” Trotz said. “One of the things you get, and it’s most common, everybody looks at the points and says Brooks Orpik doesn’t have great points, so why are you paying him that? The things that Brooks Orpik does, you can’t put a value on.”...
“To me, it’s a commitment of ownership and the team saying, you know what, we’re in a good window here, let’s get the players that we want, not the players that we have to settle for, and get him because he can have an effect,” Trotz said. “And the effect is going to be in goals and assists. It’s going to be in culture and winning and attitude. And that’s what Brooks Orpik does. I listen to some of the stuff. Everybody has their opinion. They can have their opinion. It really doesn’t matter. It’s what we need, what we feel they need.”
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
“I think we want some veteran guys back there to stabilize things and allow some of the younger guys to develop so you put them in the right hole,” Trotz said. “I think a right- and left-handed shot, if you know of anybody. There’s a couple D-men that we’re actually targeting that probably so are 20 other teams. Teams are smart. They lock up their core for a long period of time. The windows of those guys have changed.”
One month into the Washington gig, Trotz has finished reviewing film of the roster and seemed bullish on the young Capitals defensemen rising through the organization, such as Nate Schmidt, Patrick Wey and Connor Carrick. He also talked about being stronger around the net, leveraging position to “tie up people” when pucks are batted about. But those are matters best handled during the preseason, and Trotz knows the Capitals need to act now.
“The great thing about Washington is they have lots of assets in terms of forwards, some teams might be looking for scoring, we can do something there,” he said. “That’s really up to Mac. I think the first phase of making our team better is, I thought Mac did a good job of getting the staff in place right before the draft here. That free agency period to getting to talk to people and what have you, you’re going to talk to a free agent, he knows what the staff is. I think that’s really important.”
I kind of "stole" the prime quotes from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column for my Malik Report overnight entry, but I smiled broadly and nearly laughed out loud form the Blog Cave while reading Holland tell Matheson the same dang thing--almost word for word--that Babcock's been repeating to journalists and radio talk show hosts who can't or won't believe that Babcock will remain with Detroit when he can coach anywhere he wants after his contract's up a summer from now:
“I don’t believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence … I believe he’s happy in Detroit, but there are options,” said Holland, whose contract is also up next July, but will certainly get a new one from owner Mike Ilitch.
Holland has got the Red Wings into the playoffs in each of his 17 seasons. There were three Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, plus a Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.
Late-season rallies were required to keep a 23-year playoff streak alive while the Red Wings integrated lots of young players — Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurko, Danny DeKeyser — into the lineup each of the last two years.
“Two years ago, we won our last four games to get into the playoffs. This year, we got in again (despite a terrible run of injuries),” said Holland. “Mike’s a tremendous coach, if not the best coach in the league, then one of the best.”
Matheson's main column focuses on Babcock and Holland, but he also included this nugget of wisdom from Ottawa Senators assistant coach Perry Pern (regarding Barry Trotz's attempts to get Alex Ovechkin to "buy in" to playing defense, as Matheson addressed in a Sunday afternoon column):
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Former Nashville coach Barry Trotz might want to call Scotty Bowman and ask how the greatest coach of them all, can change the spots on a scoring leopard.
In the early 90s, Bowman went about convincing his Detroit captain Steve Yzerman to park his run of 100-point seasons to become what we used to call a “two-way player” and now we refer to as playing “a 200-foot game.” Stevie Y had been around for about 10 years, had one 155-point season, but for all his points, he hadn’t won any team prize...
Trotz has the same task with Alex Ovechkin in Washington. Everybody knows he’s the elephant in the room there. Two Hart trophies, four 50-goal seasons, one of 65. No Cups, nary a playoff game past the second round since he was drafted first in 2004. Ovie isn’t selfish. He’s stubborn. He longs to carry the Cup around the ice just like his Russian countrymen Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh and Pavel Datsyuk in Detroit.
But he’ll need a coach to tell him how, without neutering him.
Trotz, who agreed that Ovechkin gets too much credit when the Caps win and too much blame when they lose.
“Like a coach,” joked Trotz, speaking on his cell while riding in a cab to the airport in Washington Friday.
It’s finding the balance with Ovechkin. He knows the talented ones often “want to do it my way.”
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick will introduce senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan and head coach Barry Trotz to the media on Tuesday, May 27, at 12:30 p.m. ET at Verizon Center.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have promoted Brian MacLellan to senior vice president and general manager and named Barry Trotz as the team’s coach, majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick announced today.
In case you haven not been following Twitter, numerous reports state Barry Trotz is getting close as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.
The New York Rangers' salary structure is quite top-heavy, so both the Rangers' beat writers and those following the team from afar have suggested that the Rangers will have to use a cap-compliance buyout on either Rick Nash or Brad Richards.
The combination of Brad Richards' resurgence under Alain Vigneault (to the tune of 51 points for his Capgeek-listed $6.67 million cap hit) and Rick Nash's struggles (39 points in 63 games and a no-show come playoff time for a cap hit of $7.8 million) have those in the know suggesting that Nash is the odd man out.
This morning, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson wonders where Nash's game went given that the 6'4," 213-pound winger's become a perimeter player in the first of three "Hockey World" columns:
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