Long Overdue: Coach Barry Trotz of Nashville Predators Named Jack Adams Finalist

April 28th, 2010 by Mark Willoughby Leave a reply »
Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz was named a finalist Wednesday for the Jack Adams Award, given by the NHL to the coach of the year.

Trotz is a finalist along with Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes and Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche.

Trotz has been the only head coach in the history of the Predators franchise, and is the second longest-tenured head coach in the NHL, just a few months behind Buffalo's Lindy Ruff.

Looking at players and coaches in the NHL, we as fans often focus on the statistics or wins and losses. It is instructive to go beyond the numbers and take a look at this head coach that consistently turns out a great team regardless of the components that he has been given.

If you listen to Trotz after a game, it is difficult to tell from the tone of his voice if the Predators have just won or lost a game. Trotz is an even-keeled coach who has piloted the Predators since their inaugural season, and the coach of the playoff-bound Predators sounds the same as the coach that guided an expansion franchise through its formative years.

Yet underneath that calm demeanor there is a drive to excel t ...

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