In case you missed Monday’s news, Stanley Cup winning head coach Barry Trotz resigned from his position with the Washington Capitals effective immediately following unsuccessful contract renegotiations. Trotz reportedly had a clause in his contract that enabled him to sign a two year extension with the team should he win the Stanley Cup. That extension is believed to have come with a $300,000 annual raise, but given how much coach’s contracts have skyrocketed in recent seasons, Trotz believes that his value is greater on the open market and thus, he has resigned him position so that he can explore other opportunities.
While Trotz can look elsewhere, the Capitals are left to look for a suitable replacement for next season. Maybe people one specific Stanley Cup winning coach might be just what Washington needs, however, there is now a major twist in the story.
According to an exclusive report from Eric Francis of Sportsnet and the Calgary Sun, NHL coach Darryl Sutter has called it quits. While coaches rarely announce their retirement from the game, Sutter has made it clear to Francis that he will not be returning behind a bench in the NHL. Here is how Francis explains this breaking news report:
"Forty years, that’s enough," said Sutter, 59, when asked if he’d consider the Washington gig that became vacant when Barry Trotz resigned following this month’s Stanley Cup win.
"No way, I’d be too far away from the grandkids."
That’s how it goes for coaches – they don’t retire, unless they are Scotty Bowman.
They simply fade away from the scene."
Of course, Sutter still has plenty of work to do as a rancher up at the crack of dawn every morning, running his 3,000-acre farm in Viking, Ab. On the bright side of things, Sutter still had two years left on a deal paying him in excess of $3 million annually, which he earned after guiding the Los Angeles Kings to two Cup titles in three years.
Sutter admitted that he was somewhat interested when the Calgary Flames announced they were letting go of Glen Gulutzan, who later joined the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach.
"I would have listened for sure," said Sutter of a possible return to the organization with the Flames.
"Brad (Treliving) made a great choice in Bill, as did Todd (McLellan) in Edmonton, getting Gully to join."
Sutter sits top-12 all time with 635 wins as an NHL coach and still has a lot of work to do back home on his ranch.
We wish him all the best.