Barry Trotz is determined to save Foley the Tiger

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Barry Trotz is now the coach of the Washington Capitals, yet it’s clear that he still has a huge soft spot for some of the biggest predators.

The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline passes along a great story from the All-Star break: Trotz spent Saturday at the Columbus Zoo and left with a goal to save Foley the Tiger from what might be an unpleasant move to Kansas. (See more at the bottom of this post.)

It sounds like he might even try to get Ohio State coach Urban Meyer involved in the cause.

Seriously, Trotz sounds like he’ll stand his ground on this one:

The Washington Post points out that this isn’t the first time Trotz took up the cause of a big cat since becoming the head coach of the Capitals, as he showed interest in a lion as well.

In case you’re wondering, this is what Foley looks like:

It seems like Foley is already something of a big-cat-celebrity, so we’ll see if that’s enough to sidetrack such a move. If nothing else, it’s another example of Trotz sporting a heart of gold below what seems like an occasionally gruff demeanor.

Update: Here’s a little more background on the situation regarding possibly moving the tiger.

So perhaps Foley doesn’t need saving … but hey, Trotz’s heart is in the right place, at least.