The Nashville Predators will have their next General Manager starting on June 30. After becoming the only NHL GM to be part of 3,000 games David Poile’s 41-year career will come to an end.
Poile is the all-time winningest GM in the NHL with a record of 1,519 – 1,162- 192 (ties) – 176 (OTL). By the end of the regular season, Poile will have been a GM for 3,075 games which is 320 games more than Lou Lamoriello (2,755) who is right behind him.
As GM of the Predators Poile took the Predators to 15 playoff appearances with one appearance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.
The 73-year-old was GM of the year once and it was with the Nashville Predators back in the 2016-17 season. As the only GM In Nashville Poile currently has a record of 925-708-60-176 (2086 points).
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman broke the news on Sunday afternoon before the Predators and Coyotes game.
“Big breaking story out of Nashville: after 26 years as the Predators’ architect — the most consistent presence in franchise history — David Poile is retiring from President of Hockey Operations & GM position, effective June 30. Expectation is he will remain in a consulting role,” Friedman tweeted.
Barry Trotz will step into the role after being without work in the NHL this season after being relieved of his duties back on May 9, 2022, with the New York Islanders.
He was the Predator’s longest-tenured coach for 15 seasons and posted a 557-479-60-100 record. All-time as a coach Trotz has been behind the bench for 1,812 games going 914-670-60-168. His other stops in the NHL include the Washington Capitals and Islanders.
Trotz won his only Stanley Cup back in 2018 when the Capitals took down the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.
He’s also won the Jack Adams twice during the 2015-16 & 2018-19 seasons.
Now he’ll be at the helm in a different way for the Nashville Predators becoming the franchise’s second ever GM.
Nashville will have a press conference on Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena with 102.5 The Game carrying the entire availability.