Mar 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the bench during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. The Predators won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Barry Trotz: Change Of Scenery Is All It Takes

Barry Trotz had settled down 15 years ago in Tennessee ready to start coaching the Nashville Predators.  He now is looking at a change of scenery with the move to Washington D.C.  He was in a rare situation in Nashville, where he was tenured for more than just a couple of years, which seems to be the norm in the NHL. 2014 is set to bring a lot of changes.

He is now in a different place, even though he has been here before, a new house, and a new team.

Sometimes a change is all a person needs to get excited again and take a different outlook on just about everything.

“You’re coming to a new organization and they don’t know how you do things, so you have to go through the teaching mode,” Trotz told “You want to have your stamp. You’re meeting new people. There’s new energy. You’re forging new relationships. To me those things really motivate me to get everything in place and get going.”

As a coach to a new team, you have an idea of some of the players and their abilities, pretty much to the extent of facing them on the ice, but nothing will get you prepared more than engrossing yourself into film study to learn your players, their tendencies, and their styles.

“You’re not going to go to battle with someone you don’t know. It doesn’t matter what walk of life it is, whether it’s business or in war. In sports it’s usually a coach and player, so he understands where I’m coming from and at the same time the player recognizes where you’re coming from so you get a comfort level and you can work together better. If we’re going to be successful in Washington, [Ovechkin] has to be a big part of that.


A renewed excitement is contagious and that is just what this Capitals team needs.  They need renewed energy to get back into the playoffs and believe what Trotz is preaching and teaching.  A different style of coaching and different philosophy doesn’t always sit well with everyone, but bringing a high level of energy is something that everyone can grab a hold of.

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