Capitals Hire Barry Trotz as Coach

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Fantasy Impact: The Washington Capitals have hired former Nashville bench boss Barry Trotz as their new head coach. They also promoted Barry McLellan from assistant general manager to general manager.


Of little consequence is the McLellan news. He’s been with the team for 12 years, seven of those as assistant to George McPhee. While the two are different people and different personalities, you have to believe that the main philosophy on running a team will be close to the same. You’ll see some tweaking, in the same way you saw Dave Nonis tweak things after his mentor Brian Burke left. But nothing will be done that GMGM wouldn’t have done anyway.


No, the big news here is Barry Trotz taking over. Trotz is a fantastic coach – he managed to stay with one team for 15 years, often taking that team into the playoffs when many preseason pundits had them nowhere near the postseason. He preaches a team game and gets the most out of his players. Granted, Nashville has always been a haven where offense would go to die. But the Preds did have some high-scoring players under Trotz from time to time, if the personnel allowed for it:


2003-04 Scott Walker- 67 points
2005-06 Paul Kariya- 85 points
2006-07 Paul Kariya- 76 points
2007-08 JP Dumont and Jason Arnott- 72 points


If Paul Kariya can tally 85 points, then Alex Ovechkin can make