Predators oust Trotz as coach
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – General Manager David Poile hopes he sent the strongest message possible by making the first coaching change in Nashville’s history: Missing the playoffs is not acceptable for the Predators.
Poile announced Monday that Barry Trotz, the NHL’s longest tenured head coach with one team, would not be back for a 16th season after the Predators missed the postseason for a second straight year. A few hours later, Poile said at a news conference a few hours later that won’t get it done.
“This is a wakeup call for everybody in our organization,” Poile said. “It’s a wakeup call for me. ‘Get out of your comfort zone.’ It’s going to be different here.”