Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber demanded changes late in their non-playoff campaign, and the most anticipated one has arrived: Barry Trotz, the only coach the franchise has known, will not be back next season, sources tell the Tennessean.
Whether the Predators had injury-plagued seasons or lost key players because the franchise couldn't or wouldn't pay up to re-sign them at premium dollar, Trotz kept them competitive, making the playoffs during a stretch of seven of eight seasons from 2003-04 through 2011-12. He was lauded for his ability to do more with less.
(UPDATE: The Predators have made it official and have offered Trotz a position within the team's hockey operations department.)
Still, there were shortcomings. For one, the Predators were unable to develop a true scoring forward under Trotz. The one player with that type of talent – Alexander Radulov – clashed with the coach, and bolted to the Kontinental Hockey League twice. There have always beenRead More »from Barry Trotz done with Predators after 15 seasons