This season wasn’t one to reminisce on for the Washington Capitals and their fans. After missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years, the Caps’ were in need of some management changes.
Earlier today these changes were made, as it was announced that Barry Trotz will coach the Capitals next season, and Brian MacLellan has been promoted to general manager.
After 15 long years as head coach, the Nashville Predators fired Trotz due to the lack of success in the season. The Preds failed to make playoffs, therefore in the attempt to establish superiority to management, the Preds hired Peter Laviolette as coach. Trotz is the only coach the Predators organization has experience with, as he was the organization’s coach from day one.
Trotz’s first coaching gigs were in the American Hockey League as the coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks and Portland Pirates, where he won a Calder Cup in 1994. He also received the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding coach of the year in that same year.
Trotz’s Coaching Record:
1998-1999: Missed playoffs
1999-2000: Missed playoffs
2000-2001: Missed playoffs
2001-2002: Missed playoffs
2002-2003: Missed playoffs
2004-2005: Lost in first round
2005-2006: Lost in first round
2006-2007: Lost in first round
2007-2008: Lost in first round
2008-2009: Missed playoffs
2009-2010: Lost in first round
2010-2011: Lost in second round
2011-2012: Lost in second round
2012-2013: Missed playoffs
2013-2014: Missed playoffs (Fired)
Barry Trotz is a defensive mind. Has never had offensive player of Ovi’s caliber. If sides meet in middle, we may have something here. #Caps
— Pete Jensen (@NHLJensen) May 27, 2014
Much like Pete Jensen said above, Alex Ovechkin may benefit from Trotz as coach. Trotz has a defensive mind, and everybody knows Ovechkin has his lazy moments on defensive aspects of things. If Trotz can teach Ovechkin how to be a two-way forward, that just might light the flame for the Capitals, and they could be Stanley Cup contenders very soon.