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Barry Trotz fired as Nashville Predators coach, but real problem remains

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Barry Trotz and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators

Predators coach Barry Trotz (with Shea Weber) was synonymous with conservative, defensive hockey. (AP)

By Allan Muir

It’s been clear for some time now that the Nashville Predators were a stale mix in need of a fresh perspective.

They’re finally going to get one … only it’s not the one they really need.

It was announced this morning that Barry Trotz’s contract will not be extended and that the organization is in the market for a new head coach for the 2014-15 season. According to a team statement, Trotz has been offered a position within the organization’s hockey operations department and will consider his options before making a decision on the position.

“Our organization has high expectations and we have not met them in the past two seasons,” general manager David Poile said. “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 the trading of long-time veteran players and a change to our coaching staff last offseason. Our goal is to return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of contending for the Stanley Cup. We know that once we get into the playoffs, anything is possible.

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  • Published On Apr 14, 2014
  • VIDEO: Official misses blatant violation, making case for coach’s challenge

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    By Allan Muir

    There are blown calls every single day in the NHL, and as long as we’re sticking with human officials that’s not changing any time soon.

    But blown calls are one thing.

    This is something else.

    As one veteran hockey official told me after watching the play tonight, “First thing I thought: we won’t be seeing [linesman Derek Amell] in the playoffs.”

    Amell was in perfect position as the play unfolded directly in front of him, unscreened, and yet somehow missed that Colorado’s Matt Duchene was about five feet deep in the zone before the puck followed him across the blue line. Duchene was actually looking back at the puck the whole time.

    Unbelievable.

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  • Published On Feb 18, 2013


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