Photo: USA Today
According to Crossing Broad, Barry Trotz will meet with the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday after interviewing for the Winnipeg Jets’ head coaching job on Tuesday.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice resigned from the position on December 17 and the team is exploring the market for a full-time replacement. Assistant Dave Lowry coached the Jets for the rest of the season.
The team finished eight points out of a 2022 Stanley Cup Playoff spot and averaged 3.05 goals-per-game (tied for 16th in the NHL), 3.09 goals-against per game (20th), a 21.1% power-play percentage (17th), and a 75% penalty-killing efficiency (tied for 28th) during the regular season. The Jets missed the tournament for the first time since 2017.
Trotz’s home is in Dauphin, Manitoba, 196 miles away from Canadian Life Centre, the Jets’ home rink.
The Flyers fired head coach Alain Vigneault on December 6 and interim Mike Yeo, who was an assistant on Vigneault’s staff, following the regular season.
Philadelphia’s 61 points this past season was better than only the NHL-worst Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference. The orange and black averaged 2.56 goals-per-game (31st), 3.59 goals-against per game (27th), a 12.6% power-play efficiency (last), and a 75.7% penalty-killing rate (26th) in 2021-22.
The Flyers have allowed an average of 3.33 goals-per-game (26th) over the last four seasons.
The Islanders fired Trotz on May 9 after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in his four-year tenure behind the bench. The team finished with 84 points, 16 behind the Washington Capitals for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, after falling to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round in each of the previous two seasons.
This past season, the Islanders recorded averages of 2.79 goals-per-game (tied for 22nd), 2.82 goals-against per game (tied for seventh), a 22.1% power-play efficiency (12th), and a 84.2% penalty-killing rate (fourth) under Trotz.
The Islanders hired former Capitals’ assistant and Trotz’s right-hand man in Lane Lambert to lead the bench next season earlier this week.
Overall, Trotz has a 914-670-60-168 record in 23 seasons as an NHL head coach with the Islanders, Capitals, and Nashville Predators. He is 83-79 in the postseason.
In four seasons with the Capitals, Trotz went 205-89-34, good for a .677 point percentage. Trotz won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 2015-16 and guided the Capitals to consecutive Presidents’ Trophies in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He led the Capitals to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2017-18 and three consecutive Metropolitan Division titles.
Trotz resigned as Capitals head coach after a previously agreed upon two-year contract extension worth $1.8 million per season kicked in but he wanted a raise while the organization wanted him to commit to the contract he already agreed to.
By Harrison Brown
Noooooooooo! Not Filthy-delphia!
Agreed, not Filth-adelphia! Wonder if TOR will get in the mix here?
one would think they’d be interested, also. But DeBoer is now in the mix also.