Nashville, TN, United States (4E Sports) – The Nashville Predators announced that coach Barry Trotz will not return for a 16th season with the team.
In a press release, the team said Trotz’s coaching contract would not be renewed but he has been offered a position within the Predators’ hockey operations department.
However, Trotz has yet to decide if he would accept the position.
“Our organization has high expectations and we have not met them in the past two seasons,” general manager David Poile said in a statement. “As a result it is my decision and determination that we need a new voice and a new direction.”
“Our change in direction began over a year ago as we have made several personnel changes, including trading of long-time veteran players and a change to our coaching staff last offseason,” Poile added.
Poile also thanked Trotz for serving as the team’s face and voice for 15 years, creating, developing and living the The Predator Way — on the ice, in the office and in the community.
“There could be no finer ambassador for the Predators or Nashville than Barry Trotz. He has laid a foundation and culture that will benefit the next coach of the Nashville Predators,” Poile stressed.
The team has started its coaching search but announced no timetable on naming Trotz’s successor.
“It is most important we get the right individual for our franchise, our team and our community,” Poile said. “We will investigate all options in order to identify the best candidate.”
Trotz has been with the Predators since the franchise’s first game in 1998. He has a record of 557-479-100 with 60 ties in 1,196 games, and 19-31 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His teams twice made it past the first round of the playoffs.
Trotz was the longest-tenured coach with one team in the NHL.