Former Nashville Predators bench boss Barry Trotz is excited about the prospect of coaching a new team and it sounds like there are multiple suitors out there, but that doesn’t mean he’ll find a new home in the near future.
“I don’t expect anything to happen or really to get going until the end of this month and the first part of June,” Trotz told the Washington Post.
Why? Well, take the Washington Capitals for example. Trotz confirmed that they have reached out to him and there’s some mutual interest, but Washington wants to hire a new general manager first so that he can have the final say on the coaching vacancy.
Trotz also spoke about his interest in the Canucks, per the Metro News, but the situation is the same in Vancouver. It’s probably not coincidental that new Canucks president Trevor Linden said that he wants to hire a new general manager by the end of the month.
Both teams have significant offensive talent, which might concern some due to Trotz’s label as a defensive-minded coach. He recently argued against that perspective and did so again today.
“I think I’m very adaptable. When we had Paul Kariya for a couple years and we were a little deeper at forward we were a pretty high scoring team,” Trotz said. “I’ve played a number of different systems based on our personnel but I like the personnel to dictate the strength.”
The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes have also been listed as potential destinations for Trotz.