When Nashville fired Barry Trotz, it was a sad day for the Predators organization. The only hockey coach that Nashville has ever known put in 15 seasons with the team and in his last 10 years, he made the playoffs seven times. The guy was a master at squeezing out talent from anyone. However, after missing the playoffs twice in a row, Nashville knew it was time for a change. Trotz now becomes a hot commodity in the coaching market and now Nashville has to find someone to replace him. Before this coaching speculation kicks into full gear, here is my list of guys I don’t want to see.
I believe that Torts will stay in Vancouver and ride the storm out, but if he does leave, I don’t want him in Nashville. Tortorella and his defensive style of hockey is along the same lines as Trotz and it hasn’t been successful as of late. He wouldn’t be a great fit for this team or for Nashville.
Lane Lambert and Phil Housley
I want these guys to stay and it is very possible they both could step into head coaching roles in the future, but if it going to happen, it doesn’t need to be in Nashville. The purpose of firing Trotz is to change a system that isn’t working and hiring one of these guys would be bringing in a new face to an old system. Hiring from within does nothing to change Nashville’s culture.
Who do I want for the coaching gig? I have made my short list.
Barry Trotz wasn’t fired because he is a bad coach. He was fired because there needed to be a sacrificial lamb for missing the playoffs two-straight years. The reason Nashville fired Trotz is not just to find somebody better. It’s to find someone different.
Laviolette is that kind of coach. Unlike the defensive style of Trotz, Laviolette is a offensive guy who could develop the offensive depth in the system. He is the guy that would trulty bring a culture change and that is why I will #LobbyForLavi.
Just like Tortorella, I don’t think Bylsma is a guy that will be on the market after the season ends, but firing Bylsma is something that was brought up last month. If Pittsburgh loses in the first round of the playoffs, then maybe there will be a head coach opening in Pittsburgh. It’s a long shot for him to lose the job, but there is a possibility. If he is available, Poile’s Team USA connection may bring the Penguins coach to Nashville. Bylsma’s experience as a cup-winning coach could give Nashville the edge to make a run in the playoffs.
Nashville doesn’t need to have a in-house hire, but this the exception. With a Nashville in the middle of a rebuild, it may be a good idea to bring in the minor league coach that has already begun grooming the talent in Milwaukee. I’d rather have Bylsma or Laviolette, but this isn’t a guy that would disappoint.