Barry Trotz, although not official until July 1, is steering the ship now for the Nashville Predators front office and addressed the media earlier this week on his vision moving forward.
Many are eager to see just how Trotz is going to change philosophies and team-building approach for a franchise who has only ever had one other general manager and coming up on 25 years of existence, and still no Stanley Cups.
Plenty of regular season success and individual success stories, but not the ultimate prize.
Trotz is going to be under a microscope and judged meticulously by his every move he makes as general manager in the early goings of his tenure.
Even the simplest of transactions are going to be either heavily scrutinized or heavily praised. It just comes with the territory when you’re new in the role and expectations are high to succeed.
Obviously, patience is going to be required in Trotz’s new role. It’s his first general manager gig, and there’s going to be some trial and error. However, Trotz does already seem to have a firm grasp on what’s holding back this franchise from being among the elite teams in the NHL, and he’s been very forthcoming in what his plans are.
Here’s three things that Trotz said in his Monday presser that really stood out in terms of changes and improvements he wants to make in the coming months, and even years.