Should Trotz Keep His Job?April 20, 2007
While the Predators face an elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs Friday night with a loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 Preds Head Coach Barry Trotz might be facing the elimination of his job.
Let me say that I have been a fan of Barry Trotz from the beginning. Early on I think he did an incredible job getting Predator teams with little talent to play hard and with grit each and every night. It’s the kind of play that made it fun to go watch a Preds game, even when you knew they would probably lose. It was the type of play that would frustrate the good teams (especially the Red Wings) when they would play us. We had a never say die attitude.
What has changed? The Preds set a franchise record for points and wins in a season and spent much of the year hovering near the top (if not the top) of various power rankings (including our Canadian biased friends at TSN.ca). Now just four games in to a round one playoff seiries they face elimination.
If the Preds end up losing this series I think that Poile and Leipold will have no choice but to make changes behind the bench. Barry and his assistants (Brent Peterson and Peter Horachuck) will be the victims of the Preds season of promise that never lived up to expectations.
I guess the question is what happened? What could he not get to translate from the performances of his over achieving teams to this team that seems to lack some desire to win? What is he not doing as a coach, leader and voice in that locker room to not give his team the direction that they need?
Is it fair that he take the fall? In a warped way I think it is…sorry Barry. You better pray for a three game winning streak.