Barry Trotz steps down
After winning the Stanley Cup, his first during his 20-year coaching career, Barry Trotz has stepped down as the Washington Capitals head coach. The reason behind Trotz stepping down is clear-cut, Trotz, and the Capitals could not come to an agreement on contract negotiations, therefore, the two split up. It is rumored Trotz’s wanted $5 mil per year, which is only a $2 million dollar increase. And is also equivalent to other like-minded coaches, Mike Babcock($6.25 mil) and Joel Quinville($5 mil). The Capitals knew they were going to deal with some cap issues and resigning players and management back, but this has left a huge hole in the locker room. Trotz 20-year coaching experience and history is going to be hard to fill. On a team like Washington a rookie, and or first-year head coach is not something the Capitals need especially after coming off a Stanley Cup win.
Trotz during his 20-years, 15 years with the Nashville Predators(1998-2014) and 4-years with Washington(2014-2018) posted a 762-568-60 record, coaching in 1524 games and coaching in three back to back to back first place finishes for the Capitals. Trotz has coached 12 out of 20 seasons to a 3rd place finish or better while coaching Nashville during their first 5 years to below .500 records, after Nashville’s first 5 years Trotz finished below .500 one other time during the 2012-13 season. Over the last four years, Trotz is the most winningest coach and is ranked 5th all-time in wins(762).
It is unknown what the 55-year-old, veteran head coach will do. There is just one coaching vacancy open right now and that is the New York Islanders. This would be the perfect move for the Islanders to help secure John Tavares and also help this Islanders organization. Trotz clearly knows how to develop younger players and knows how to coach a team that has the odds stacked against them. Despite Trotz landing in New York, taking over a position in hockey operations, or the front office of an NHL team is a possibility. At 55, with his years dwindling down in the NHL, Trotz may not find his way behind the bench of an NHL team again. Until we hear more, this could be the end of Trotz’s successful NHL coaching career.
Dave Tippet joins Seattle expansion team
The former Vice President of hockey operations and head coach of the Coyotes has joined the Seattle expansion team as the senior advisor. This is great news for the game of hockey as this shows that Seattle is inching even closer towards the making of an NHL team. Not much has come out about the Seattle expansion team but, they do have the arena being rebuilt as we speak and Gary Bettman and the Seattle advisory board have met numerous times. It seems all signs are pointing towards an NHL team coming to Seattle when we don’t know, as the arena was said to be finished by the end of 2018, which could mean the end of August, end of December, etc. If so, this means we will see an NHL team in Seattle by the season of 2019-20.
Other news Dave Tippet joining the Seattle senior advisory board is a huge plus for the Seattle group. Tippet coached for 16 years at the NHL level, his most recent stint came with the Arizona Coyotes, he spent the last 9 years in Arizona/Phoneix, posting a record of 282-257-83, for the last four years not to mention the Coyotes finished either out of a playoff spot or well under .500. Before coming to Phoneix/Arizona. Tippet coached for 6 years in Dallas, posting a 271-156-28 record, leading Dallas to the playoffs during all 6 seasons, never winning the Stanley Cup, but finishing within 3rd place or higher every year with Dallas.
Tippet spent two years as the VP of Hockey operations in Arizona before taking the job in Seattle. Tippet can be accredited to Clayton Keller, Dylan Strome, Oliver Ekman Larsson staying, Derek Stepan acquisition, Jakub Chychrun draft, the rebuilding of the Coyotes back end, being they have five solid defensemen on their back end and the list of prospects to come in the Arizona organization. Tippet adds 16-years coaching experience, 16-years playing experience and 2 years of hockey operations experience. It is a great first move for the Seattle group acquiring Tippet to help them build their first NHL roster.