Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Trotz gets an extension

The Nashville Predators have compiled one of the best records in the NHL over the past four seasons, averaging 99.5 points per season, and will be under the same direction moving forward as President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today contract extensions for head coach Barry Trotz, associate coach Brent Peterson, assistant coach Peter Horachek, goaltending coach Mitch Korn, video coach Robert Bouchard as well as medical and training staff and members of the scouting department.
>> team release
One of the best coaching staffs in the league, so definitely a good move. Trotz deserves a lot of credit for getting the Predators as far as he did.



At 1:53 p.m., April 22, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) We had been down on Trotz as an underachieving coach until this past season when the preds played much better than many, including us, believed possible. Good for him!

At 2:42 p.m., April 22, 2008, Anonymous mc keeper said...

I'm a Detroit fan and I think Trotz has always gotten the most out of his teams, from day 1 in Nashville.

Look at the quality players dumped in the fire sale - Timonen, Hartnell, Kariya, Vokoun (yes I know Ellis was outstanding). If they keep those players, maybe they beat the Wings. Maybe they finish higher than 8th and beat someone else.

I agree, good for him & his staff.

At 3:27 p.m., April 22, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I also like Trotz. As an aside, are we sure his name isn't Trotzski? I have never seen anyone who looks so stereotypically Russian. I always wonder if I'm looking at one of Viktor Tikhonov's assistant coaches.

At 5:11 p.m., April 22, 2008, Blogger Paul Nicholson said...

@j. michale neal - his nickname around the team is Trotz-y...which starts to sound a lot like Trotzki after a while :-)

as a Preds fan I'm glad for the resining overall. Trotz has always gotten more out of under achievers, though i don't think he was the right kind of coach for the skill/speed team we had last year.

Only thing i don't love is the resigning of all the assistants. One of them (i forget which) was in charge of the power play, the other the penalty kill this year. The PK was great, but the power play was absolutely horrible. Something's gotta change there

At 5:12 p.m., April 22, 2008, Blogger Paul Nicholson said...

(realized i shouldn't have said "Trotz has always gotten more out of under achievers" - rather Trotz has always gotten more and turned less talented players into over-achievers.)

At 5:53 p.m., April 22, 2008, Blogger Canuckfan said...

Good news for Nashville, bad news for Vancouver fans... I had entertained the vague hope that Trotz could leave Nashville and come here.

As an aside, don't you think the Predators need to hire an editor? That press-release sentence (assuming it is accurately quoted) hits a high water mark in terms of run-on inscrutability.

At 5:55 p.m., April 22, 2008, Blogger The Forechecker said...

Other than a lousy job with the power play, I'd agree Trotz & the gang did an outstanding job and deserve the extension.

Of more interest will be the few, yet critical offseason moves which are expected; how to deal with an 8-deep blue line and make room for more developing talent, what to do about Ellis/Mason/Rinne in net, etc. Would it be possible to trade a couple D and Mason for a Top 6 forward to balance out the attack? Maybe only in my dreams, but that's what off-season musings are for.

At 9:12 p.m., April 22, 2008, Blogger robert cleave said...

J. Michael, you're not too far off. He's Ukrainian. That said, a lot of us from our mutual home town of Dauphin, MB. kinda look like that, Ukrainian or otherwise. Must have been all the perogies...


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