Rumor had it that the Washington Capitals were nearing a deal to make Barry Trotz the new head coach, and today they made it official. The only head coach the Nashville Predators have ever known will now have the opportunity to coach Alexander Ovechkin.
This also means that the Florida Panthers will have to cross off a head coaching candidate off their list. There is no way to determine just how high on their wish list he was, but an article on May 6 listed Trotz, Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson as the front runners. Recently, Tom Renney as emerged as a potential candidate.
Peter Laviolette was also believed to be a candidate up until he accepted the Nashville Predators’ head coaching vacancy – vacated by Trotz.
Crawford has a history with the Panthers, being the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche when they defeated Florida in the Stanley Cup Final in 1996.
General Manager Dale Tallon has said he wants an experienced, veteran head coach as oppose to hire a younger head coach to go with his young squad.
The draft is about a month away, and Tallon wants to have a new head coach in place by then – but they wouldn’t really dive into the search until after the World Championships, in which he attended. Expect, maybe as soon as this week, to see the Panthers make a decision as the coaching pool continues to thin.