While the Nashville Predators face tremendous uncertainty this summer in terms of player personnel, Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz told the Tennessean’s Joshua Cooper that, save the team’s second-round ouster against the Phoenix Coyotes, the team made great strides over the course of the 2011-2012 season and playoffs:
“I do,” he said. “The first 20 games, we were not a good hockey team. We were real young in some areas. We weren’t very detailed; we didn’t know how to win. And then we became a real good hockey team. And then, at the appropriate time, the ownership stepped up and added some pieces that we thought would be necessary to go deep into the playoffs.”
Yet the Predators exited the playoffs at the same point as last year, when they fell to Vancouver, the eventual Western Conference champ. So Trotz is pleased with the progress but let down by the inability to go further.
“You never know what team is going to win the Cup,” Trotz said. “You think you have enough pieces...