Posts Tagged ‘David Poile’

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
  • Hockey Hall of Fame’s future looks good with committee changes

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    John Davidson of the Columbus Blue Jackets

    The respected John Davidson will have plenty to say about future Hall of Fame inductees. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    There will be a changing of the old guard at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    It was announced today that Blue Jackets president John Davidson will succeed Jim Gregory as the chairman of the Hall’s selection committee.

    Gregory and Serge Savard, whose terms had ended, and former committee member Pat Quinn will be replaced by Bobby Clarke, David Poile and Luc Robitaille.

    Davidson, one of the most respected voices in the game, appears to be a smart choice for the chairmanship. He’s an enthusiastic and open-minded manager with Columbus, and has the personality to carry the Hall in a new direction.

    You can expect to hear grumblings of dissent over Clarke’s appointment — he’s regarded as something less than open-minded — but Poile and Robitaille are exactly the kind of fresh blood the committee needs.

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  • Published On Mar 26, 2014
  • Top Line: James Neal gets away with mayhem; longest NHL game; more

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    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • James Neal of the Penguins is the poster child for everything that’s wrong with NHL discipline, says former referee Paul Stewart. Neal’s unrestrained recklessness reflects a lack of control on the part of Pittsburgh’s leadership and the league’s justice system.

    • The great Dave Stubbs offers up an absolute must-read today with his recreation of the longest game ever played. This is as fine a piece on hockey history as you’ll see.

    • It’s not that Henrik Sedin was injured again last night. It’s how he got hurt that reveals how poorly coach John Tortorella has managed his assets this season and explains why he likely won’t be back behind Vancouver’s bench next season.

    Zack Kassian of the Canucks has always had the tools. Last night against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, he played like he had the toolbox, too.

    • “Life is a series of adjustments,” says David Poile. Nashville’s GM is making a big one now as he copes with the loss of sight in his right eye.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Team USA’s GM tries apology to Bobby Ryan, deserves blame for Burke mess

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    Team USA GM David Poile is trying to apologize to Bobby Ryan for harsh comments made by Brian Burke.

    David Poile is in the blunt assessment business, so why is he shocked by what Brian Burke said? (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Hockey smart, but media-savvy? Hardly.

    How else to characterize USA Hockey officials, and Team USA general manager David Poile in particular, in the wake of a Friday morning press conference that exposed just how little thought was given to a plan that allowed media access to the group’s Olympic roster selection meetings?

    That access blew up in their faces when Brian Burke’s blunt assessments of Senators forward Bobby Ryan became a bigger story than the makeup of the team itself.

    “The problem, and the communication breakdown that we had, was we thought this was similar to the HBO 24/7 situation where we [would have] editorial review on what was going to be [printed],” Poile explained. “It caught all of us off guard.

    “That’s on us. It’s a little bit of a breakdown.”

    A little bit of a breakdown. As far as explanations go, that’s pretty Costanza-esque.

    MUIR: USA’s All-Snubbed Team | Ryan calls Burke “gutless” for remarks

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  • Published On Jan 03, 2014
  • Team USA’s projected roster for Sochi Olympics could be America’s best ever

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    By Allan Muir

    This is the sort of problem that USA Hockey always dreamed of having. As it winds down its preparations ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the club’s management is finalizing selections from a talent pool that is deeper than at any point in the country’s history, ensuring that the 25 men who are eventually chosen will offer an enviable mix of size, skill, grit and experience. And they’ll have the potential to be the greatest ever to wear the Stars and Stripes.

    In other words, they won’t need to rely on a hot goalie to get them to the gold medal game.

    All that talent makes for a challenging selection process, but as this NHL season has played out, the choices have become more clear. Team USA GM David Poile said last month that seven forwards are locks. That number has to be at least 10 by this point. Six of his eight defensive spots should be spoken for. And the goalie race has likely been whittled down to two players battling for the sweet spot in the press box.

    MUIR: Sochi Olympic goalie Power Rankings

    There are a couple of injuries that are throwing some confusion into the mix—Jonathan Quick and Paul Martin, to name two—and there’s always the chance that the Hockey Gods might toss another wrench into the USA’s best-laid plans. But with about three weeks to go before the final announcement at the Winter Classic, it’s likely the only spots left to fill on the roster are the extras.

    With that in mind, here’s a projection of how Team USA will look on Jan. 1.

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  • Published On Dec 09, 2013
  • U.S. Olympians start camp knowing they won’t be underdogs this time

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    Patrick Kane participated in a USA Hockey sponsored youth clinic on Monday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Patrick Kane participated in a USA Hockey sponsored youth clinic on Monday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly four years removed from the 2010 Olympic Games, when it came within an overtime goal of winning gold, Team USA can no longer claim underdog status. The U.S. can’t downplay its skills or its level of experience on the Olympic stage. It can’t expect to fly under the radar while all the attention goes to teams from Canada and Russia. It can’t be so sure anymore that no one would bet a dime on the Red, White and Blue to win it all, as former general manager Brian Burke had so often said in the months before Vancouver. The days of softened expectations for American hockey are gone.

    “[Burke] in Vancouver gave the players great cover, if you will,” said David Poile, the GM for Team USA. “He lowered the expectations outside the room. But I can tell you inside the room, we knew we had a chance to win…. [Now], I think — no, I know — we are at the point when we… put on the U.S. jersey we expect to win. We are not going into Sochi as an underdog.” Read More…


  • Published On Aug 26, 2013


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