The latest on Barry Trotz
After stepping off the coaching merry-go-round last season, one of the greatest coaches in NHL history could bring his name back into consideration next season. Former head coach of the Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders Barry Trotz he told NHL.com today that he’s not yet ready to coach again, but the idea of coaching an Original Six franchise would cause “intrigue” for the veteran coach.
Speaking about his timeline on whether or not Trotz would return to practice, he gave the following explanation:
I think probably to sort everything out, I’ll be at the beginning of December before I feel comfortable (that) I have the family stuff under control and after that, I’ll probably have to take a little break, a week or two, maybe to go somewhere warm in the winter, and after that…
Trotz almost got his first experience coaching a Canadian team this season, filing as a finalist for the Winnipeg Jets’ head coaching vacancy before ultimately deciding he would not coach anywhere in 2022-23. The 60-year-old coach is enjoying some well-deserved time with his family after 23 consecutive seasons behind an NHL bench.
As for the Original Six teams that Trotz could lead, there’s really only one viable option for next year: the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Boston Bruins are already off to a strong start under the new head coach Jim Montgomery; the same could be said of the Chicago Blackhawks and Luke Richardson and the Detroit Red Wings and Derek Lalonde. It doesn’t look like the New York Rangers or Montreal Canadiens are willing to part ways Gerard Gallant or Martin Saint Louis after impressive coaching stints, neither. Keefe is the longest of the six, and after a continued pattern of playoff losses, a wholesale trade could be coming to Toronto this offseason.
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