As with any new coach coming in, it is tough to work with people that you are unsure of or don’t or can’t trust. Barry Trotz is no different in this position coming into the head coaching job for the Washington Capitals.
The current coaching staff was given notice that they would be part of the club until a new coach was found. Well, a new coach has been found. The current staff for the Capitals consists of former Caps defenseman Calle Johansson, who worked with the team’s blue liners; assistant coach Blaine Forsythe, who worked with the forwards; goaltending coach Olie Kolzig; associate goalie coach Scott Murray; video coach Brett Leonhardt; and strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish.
“There are certain areas I think there’s really good people there, but at the same time I think there a couple areas we can improve upon,” Trotz said. “Some areas obviously you want to bring in people you’ve dealt with to fill some of those holes and that’s what I’m in the process of doing right now.”
Trotz does have a relationship already with former goalie and current goalie coach Olie Kolzig when he was part of the Capitals Canada scouting team back in the late 80s. Past Kolzig we may see a complete over-haul to the rest of the staff. The head coaching job in Hersey is also available as well, and there are former assistant coaches and former head coaches that are topping that list for the vacancy. Trotz will definitely have a say in who he works with at the AHL level especially with his new player development push, the relationship has to be there.
“I think the relationship between the head coach and the minor-league coach is paramount if you want to develop players and you want to have the right culture,” Trotz said.