Barry Trotz came out with “the Predator way” last year while taking the Nashville Predators to Florida during their exhibition games and used it as a player and coaching bonding session.
Come August, when the Capitals, both coaches and players, begin to file into the Kettler Center and begin their quest for the coveted Lord Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz will be preaching “the Capitals way”.
For the players, coaches, and organization, they all need to be on the same page.
“I can tell you this,” Trotz said. “If you’re dysfunctional in the coaches’ office, you will be dysfunctional.
“Players are smart. When it comes to reading stuff and body language and team chemistry, players sniff that out. So you better be on the same page. A coaching staff has to come out unified and if you’re not, players sniff that out easily.”
“The Capitals Way” will work on pushing team first. Team-orientation and working together as a group is going to be the basis for their organization. There is not one player that can win on their own, they need to rely on the people to either side of them as well as in front and in back of them.
Pushing new changes in an organization will always be easier with guys that are new the system and are eager to get playing time. The tougher changes to the team will be the older players and veterans that are stuck in their ways. They want to be part of a winning team but some are more willing to bend farther than others.
“I always say that if you want to go fast, go alone,” Trotz said. “But if you want to go far, go as a group.”