Barry Trotz: Win or Go Home?

Barry Trotz is the only head coach the Nashville Predators have ever had. When the Buffalo Sabres fired Lindy Ruff, Trotz became the longest tenured head coach in the NHL.

Trotz has coached 1,114 games behind the Predators bench winning 519 of them. During his 15 seasons as head coach the Predators have missed the NHL Playoffs 7 times, and lost in the 1st round 5 times. Nashville did make it to the 2nd round two season’s in a row 2010-2011, and 2011-2012. 

Barry Trotz is regarded as one of the top bench bosses in the game today, having been a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in both 2009-10 and  2010-11, and finishing among the top five in Adams voting again in 2011-12.

There is no question that Trotz is a good coach. There is also no question that he still has the drive and fire to continue coaching. On August 21st Trotz said ”“We’ve got to start new  rivalries, like us and Minnesota. They stole Ryan Suter, so I want to kick their butt, plain and simple.”  My question is this. If the Predators miss the playoffs again this year, could it be the last time Predators fans see Trotz behind the bench?

I’m not calling for his head. I’m not trying to start an anti-Trotz movement. I’m simply saying that after last years miss, and the changes that were made to the coaching staff and training staff; there is a possibility that Barry takes the fall if the Predators miss again.

Nashville was lucky enough to draft Seth Jones ,and trade for  Flip Forsberg. They were able to find a back up goalie in Carter Hutton.  There are not going to be a lot of excesses that can be used.

Look at it this way, if Lindy Ruff can be fired, why not Barry Trotz? I can’t help but think it may be Win or Go Home.

Patrick Helper is the Editor of and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @helper_sports. For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH 

Topics: Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators, Seth Jones

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