Everything old is new again, so without further ado let’s talk about Barry Trotz. The Washington Capitals have but their future in the hands of a man with a very long resume, but Trotz will need super powers to get the Capitals to the Playoffs.
Trotz has been behind only one NHL bench in his career. That was with the Nashville Predators, and while the Predators were never a Stanley Cup team Trotz did manage to rack-up 557 wins as their coach.There is a wild-card as Trotz starts his new gig in Washington, All-Star Forward Alexander Ovechkin and his famous despairing act on the back-end.
The key to rescuing the Capitals and getting them back to a strong Playoff team lies with Ovi, Trotz will need to light a fire under him, and make him see the value in helping out a bit more deep in the Capitals zone. If Trotz and Ovi can learn to live with each other’s short falls, or at the very least learn how to manage each other I believe this pair could bring the Capitals near the top of the NHL.
Washington has begun their small rebuild and Trotz was chosen to be the foundation, but this foundation has a voice and the knowledge to say what he wants. Things in Washington may not go smoothly, but I think when all is said and done Washington Capitals fans will learn to like the style their team plays. It’s true that Trotz has the reputation of being a defensive coach, but keep in mind while with the Predators he didn’t have much fire power and his stars were on the blue-line.
It’s smart really build a career by using your starts and finding a system to play to their strengths. This season will be able getting players moving, and skating. Not hanging around near the center-line waiting for a puck to jump out. To play on a team coached by Trotz you need to work, and play a little two-way hockey. Hopefully for Capitals fans everyone is ready.