At the beginning of this week, I had the chance to go on WTVF News Channel 5 and discuss the Nashville Predators.
After Barry Trotz was let go as the Predators coach earlier this month, the team’s coaching search began and general manager David Poile made some strong statements about the future of the team, there was plenty to discuss regarding Nashville’s hockey club.
If you missed when the segment aired, here the part of show of which I took part:
The station did an excellent job of recapping all that Trotz meant to the Predators and as I mentioned, a new coach in Nashville likely signals an exit from the developing stage Nashville has been in since its inception in 1998.
“Seeing Trotz go is sad on a personal level. He always was so kind to the media and the community,” Thomas Willis said. “It’s definitely the end of an era. He’s obviously the only coach they’ve ever had. But hopefully the move is saying that the organization is ready to move forward and take a step away from the infancy stage they’ve been in for really the 15 seasons they’ve been around.”
The situation and circumstances facing the candidate selected to replace Trotz are worth considering, our writeup on those factors is here.
Last week, we outlined for you why Peter Laviolette should currently be considered the top candidate for the Predators head coaching job, here’s that story.