Trotz tells NHL.com why he won’t be training next season

Barry Trotz will not coach in the National Hockey League next season, saying he’s sure he’s not in a position to give him the time and commitment needed to do any work at his level.

In an exclusive interview with NHL.com on Friday, the 59-year-old said he has wrestled long and hard with the decision to take another job in the league since he was fired by the New York Islanders on May 9. It’s time to put family and personal matters first.

“I have some things that I have to take care of personally, on the family side that I have to take care of,” Trotz said Friday. “I didn’t feel… If I said I was going to take the job, I think I would have done any team a little bit of damage and myself because I would be an NHL coach, it would require it all you have. It just does it, emotionally only, psychologically it just does it.” So I can’t go that way.

“It doesn’t mean I’m not going to coach. I just won’t be a coach now. I’ve been doing it for 25 years straight and I’ve put a lot of things behind and I think it’s time. The only thing I know, and it’s a mistake everyone makes, is that you think That you have time and you don’t. And that’s when I have access to a lot of things I put in the back burner. I have to take care of them, for peace of mind in everything so I’ll be 100 percent if I go back to her and I’ll be a better coach for her” .

Trotz has a career record of 914-670-168 with 60 draws in 1,812 regular season games (0.567 percentage points) with the Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders since 1998-1999.

He has coached the second most games in National Hockey League history, behind Scotty Bowman (2141) and his 914 win was his third in history, behind Bowman (1,244) and Joel Quinville (969).

Trotz qualified for Stanley Cup games in 14 of his 23 seasons as coach and is 83-79 in the post-season. He won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018.

Trotz won the Jack Adams Coach of the Year in the National Hockey League twice, in 2015-16 with the Capitals and in 2018-19 with the Islanders.

Trotz, who is from Manitoba, was a candidate for a job coaching the Winnipeg Jets, but told the team on Friday that he would not be coaching next season.

“Winnipeg came after me in terms of my desire to be part of the organization and I was really impressed by their commitment to winning and their commitment to [Kevin Cheveldayoff] As Director (General). I know [assistant GM Craig Heisinger] and other people there. I have relatives who work for planes, friends who work in security there, and people I went to school with. I know a lot about planes. They have a tremendous organization and a real family atmosphere. But I couldn’t commit to any team. It wasn’t just Winnipeg, it was every team I spoke to because I had to know I was 100% involved.”

Trotz said that when the islanders kicked him out after four seasons and he started having discussions with other teams, he quickly realized he shouldn’t be in a rush to make a decision.

“You can only do this job if you are 100% committed to providing everything 24/7,” he said. “I had a few opportunities but I knew I couldn’t commit and wanted to follow through with the process. I know everyone’s schedule was different…but I said I wasn’t in a rush and needed some time.

“Knowing that made it really difficult because I saw commitment to what Winnipeg was), willingness to do, commitment to winning and all that and [b)], their people. They are good people. I’ve spoken to a number of teams that are full of good people, but this team has been difficult for me because it’s my home country. I have a lot of people I know and a lot of people I’ve met in the past. And I knew how passionate this fan base was.

“I had to turn down free beer and free tickets and all that stuff. I know I’m a good coach but you can’t be a good coach if you’re not fully committed. You can’t be in this match. So I’m going to use this year to do what I need to do with my family and if I come back To training, I will fully participate.”

Born in Winnipeg, Trotz, who grew up 190 miles northwest of town in Dauphin, Manitoba, said the idea of ​​returning to work in the NHL in his home county was strong.

“That’s where the fog may have come in, because of this strong cloud,” Trotz said. Then you see the commitment to win with them and Chevy and Mark [Chipman, Jets chairman and governor] And the [Heisinger] And all these people, these are the people you want to work with.

“So this attraction was strong but at the same time you have to look inside and say, ‘Do what’s right.’ Some of the best advice I got was when you have a tough decision, do what’s right, don’t do what’s popular or don’t do what’s right. People expect you or want you to do so do what’s right. When I looked inside, I knew what was right. It’s fitting that I take a step back here and do the things I need to get done. I love the game and I love doing what I used to do without the game or Without hockey, it’s hard. It’d be weird for me, I used to be [coaching] For 26 years, all of a sudden, I’ve probably been watching from the sidelines for a while.”

Trotz said he was in no way affected by coaching or being in the National Hockey League this season after the Islanders (37-35-10) failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in his four seasons. New York has had the third round of playoffs in each of the past two seasons.

He said, “No, not at all.” “It was weird. We had a weird season. You’ve been in the league for so long and you can only control what you can control and there were a lot of things that were out of our control. I can honestly say nothing ground zero in that. I understand everything. Totally and I have a lot of respect for Lou [Lamoriello, Islanders GM]. I spoke to him today. We have a wonderful relationship. That wasn’t a factor at all.”

Trotz said that while he’s taking a break from the NHL, he’s determined to stay current with what’s happening in the league and won’t let many relationships fall apart.

“I always keep an eye on it, so believe me, I’ll be watching,” Trotz said. “I’m going to talk to people. I’m going to do all those things that I’ve always done as part of keeping up with developments and what the league is about because it’s always changing.

“[It’s] An opportunity to energize myself and take advantage of the time I have. I will stay involved. I still have good relationships with Lou and the Islanders, good relationships with the teams I’ve been with in the past, the players and the coaches. I’ll stay involved and when I feel like I’m ready to jump again I’ll be two feet full and watch me go. I just need time. I’ve already said it to everyone I’ve talked to. I need time. I just do. I didn’t want to sell to anyone who was short of what I could do. When you sign in, you must all be a subscriber. That’s how you win. You’ll see it on TV night and night in the Stanley Cup playoffs. You have to be all. And I take that personally too.”

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