According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, 6-7 NHL teams have contacted head coach Barry Trotz’s camp and are getting the impressing that he will cost around $6 million per season to lure.
It was reported that the Winnipeg Jets, who are just 196 miles away from Trotz’s hometown of Dauphin, Manitoba, interviewed him earlier this week while the Philadelphia Flyers were set to on Friday.
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.
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.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Nashville Predators, whom Trotz was the head coach of for 15 seasons, have reached out to him about a front office role.
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.
The Dallas Stars cleaned house with their coaching staff on Friday after losing Game 7 to the Calgary Flames in their Stanley Cup Playoff first-round series on Sunday.
Hearing as many as 6-7 @NHL teams have reached out to Barry Trotz camp. Clubs under the impression the price tag could fall in the 6m per range. Doesn’t sound like any decision is imminent at this point. @FAN590 @Sportsnet #RealKyperandBourne
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) May 20, 2022
By Harrison Brown