Trotz and Company Extended for Next Year
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05-04-2007, 02:24 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
I'm pretty mixed, but I'm leaning in favor of the extension. However, if the team is under performing by the All Star break I hope that a change will be made to get things going again. We cannot afford another slip into the postseason.
I've been pretty harsh on Trotz and rightfully so. We've improved our team the past 2 offseasons and have had the same result in the playoffs. I know we've gotten hit hard by injuries the past two seasons, but it cannot be used as an excuse again. Anytime you see things like Trotz throwing out a 4th line with a faceoff deep in the other teams zone down two goals, you scratch your head.
Again, we're going to see if Trotz can take the team to the next step or prove that he's simply a coach who gets the most out of 4th liners.
With all that being said, the reason I am in favor of this move is how it can perhaps help us with Free Agency. I think the players appreciate stability. If we cleaned house, we might be faced with getting a new coach, perhaps a new system and a new set of players. I think we'd have a harder time making the playoffs the next season. On the flip side, some free agents might think that we settle for losing in the first round, but who knows. I think it will have a better overall effect keeping Trotz in terms of Free Agents and how we do this offseason.
Now that we have some stability, I would like to hear why we lost this series from the organization and what we are going to do to improve things other then blame injuries. I think if Poile plays his cards right, we can still improve our team. I think its more important for our market to keep Trotz then to fire him. Firing Trotz would generate a huge amount of negative press around Nashville, at a time we do not need it. I'd love to think people might think, "Wow they are serious about winning, thats great" but it will be spun as "They're losing ground and fading out". Even before the playoffs, the good ole boys of the Tennessean were sometimes guests on 104.5 talking about how wrong it was to think Trotz might get fired for not getting results.
Anyway, I'm generally mixed on the issue. On one hand, I want to get someone who I'm more confident in taking us to the next level, but fear that we might actually take a step back (not saying it happens every time). While on the other hand I want the stability in terms of keeping / bringing in new players and for our market.
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