By Brandon Fitzpatrick @bfitzsports on April 14, 2014
The only coach the Nashville Predators have ever had, Barry Trotz, is out. Trotz is a veteran coach who has done a masterful job of keeping his small-market team afloat with limited talent over the last few years. Trotz is sure to get a lot of calls about coaching positions, and here are five possible landing spots for him.
The Carolina Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs under current coach Kirk Muller. GM Jim Rutherford is expected to step down at the end of the season, and the new GM will want to hire his own coach. The Hurricanes have a lot of talent, and a coach like Trotz could thrive with some offensive weapons.
After a surprising playoff appearance last year, the New York Islanders crawled back into obscurity this season. Jack Capuano has had little success in his tenure with the Islanders, and the staff could be overhauled this offseason. They might be in the market for a new coach and Trotz would fit in nicely.
After the collapse this year, the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to undergo some serious changes. Brendan Shanahan is the new VP of hockey operations and Randy Carlyle is likely to be gone at the end of the year. Trotz has never coached in a pressure-filled environment like Toronto, but his calm demeanor would suit him well there.
After missing the playoffs for the first time since Alexander Ovechkin's rookie season, the Washington Capitals are going to face some serious decisions this offseason. There is some tension between coach Adam Oates and Ovechkin. Trotz is a player's coach and would find a way to get Ovechkin to play the game the right way.
The Vancouver Canucks are a mess and are expected to fire John Tortorella after only one season. Mike Gillis is already out as GM and the Canucks need a softer voice as the coach. Trotz could step in and get that team back on track.
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