Kimberly Jordan: Preds’ vibe different without Trotz

It appears that Nashville’s other professional sports team is now searching for a new coach.
Apr 17, 2014
Kimberly Jordan

It appears that Nashville’s other professional sports team is now searching for a new coach. 

With Barry Trotz’ departure from the Nashville Predators earlier this week, it will be the second time in months that there is a head coach search in Middle Tennessee.

Trotz’ tenure with the Predators was marked with ups and downs, as are the careers of most head coaches. But having that constant on the bench I think has advantages. 

Players know exactly what is expected of them on the ice (or field, whichever sport you refer to). And they also know what the consequences can be for not meeting those expectations.

Trotz’ 15-season record was 557-479-60-100 and included seven playoff appearances, the two most recent in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, both of which ended with losses in the conference semifinals.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see the Predators back in the Stanley Cup playoffs in the very near future, and I’d like to be able to afford the tickets to go watch them live. 

But it’s going to be a different sort of feel without Trotz on the bench. Sure, there have been some decisions I didn’t agree with over the years, but I know that not all of those can be placed solely on Trotz’s shoulders. He has bosses, too.

I guess I will be watching the news eagerly in the coming months to see how this situation plays out.

Whoever the Predators big wigs choose as Trotz’s successor, I will support them wholeheartedly, just like I do the players. 

I’ve been a Preds fan from day one since they skated in their first game at the Arena (back in the days when it had no sponsor). I have held half-season tickets in the rowdiest spot in the place – Cell Block 303 – and proudly chanted all the well-meaning insults at the opposing team. 

And, though I haven’t seen a game live in several years, that doesn’t stop me from still being a devoted fan and chanting from my couch. I’m still going to.

Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom

 

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