On Monday, 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.
It was then reported on Tuesday that Trotz did not waste time and was already on a plane to find his next job. On Monday afternoon, Caps fan Drew F. took a photo with Trotz after the coach deplaned at Newark Liberty International Airport. Beyond the Capitals, the New York Islanders are the only other team in the NHL who do not have a head coach. The speculations took off as many already picture Trotz behind the bench in Brooklyn. However, not so fast...
It is now being reported that on Tuesday, Trotz took a direct flight to Seattle from Reagan National Airport. Sure, you'll say there is currently no NHL team in the Seattle area, however, it seems to be just a matter of time.
Seattle is still in the “paperwork phase” of getting an NHL franchise as the NHL Governors are meeting today to discuss the league's expansion process. According to NBCSN, the expansion team will likely join the NHL by 2020, setting it two years away from dropping the puck for its first game.
It's alright since Trotz admitted he wanted to take his time when choosing his next job.
“I think there’d be an unbelievable appeal to be a part of something like what Vegas just went through the last eight or nine months,” NHL insider Nick Kypreos said on Sportsnet's Tim and Sid back on May 29. “Again if you’re this expansion team in Seattle and you want to make some noise rather quickly and start with established people, tremendous credibility, how do you not put Barry Trotz at the top of your list?”
On Monday, former coach of the Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars Dave Tippett was hired as senior adviser for Seattle Hockey Partners LLC. Tippett was already working under President and CEO Tod Leiweke on infrastructure projects two-plus years before a franchise could begin play. It's his first job since mutually parting ways with the Coyotes a year ago and taking last season off.
Trotz seems like a perfect fit for the job in Seattle seeing that he was hired to be head coach of the expansion Nashville Predators back in the day. With the success of Gerard Gallant and the Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural season, it might be what Trotz chooses to do going forward.