Life in the NHL won’t be the same without Barry Trotz coaching the Nashville Predators. He has been at the helm since that franchise’s very first game.
Against all odds he lasted 15 seasons, generally keeping Predators competitive despite the lack of high-end scorers. Over the years Nashville has landed elite goaltending (Pekka Rinne) and top defensemen (Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Seth Jones) but not-so-great forwards.
Alexander Radulov could have been that guy, but he preferred playing in Russia. He was just so-so in his first run in Nashville and his one comeback ended very, very badly.
David Legwand never became a true franchise forward and veterans Paul Kariya and Peter Forsberg just passed through with out making much of a mark.
Former Blues defenseman Phil Housley will be considered for this job after serving as Trotz’s assistant this season, but GM David Poile could go for a more experienced hand like Peter Laviolette – who could find himself in high demand this spring.