5:14 p.m.: Chicago Blackhawks beat writer Jay Zawaski reports that the Blackhawks are one of the teams that have inquired about the services of Trotz. However, the team isn’t too optimistic about their chances of landing the free agent coach, noting that they don’t expect him to want to lead a rebuild. If that’s true, it’s obviously unlikely that he’ll seriously consider going to Philadelphia as well.
1:06 p.m.: Head coach Barry Trotz, who parted ways with the New York Islanders earlier this month, is one of the NHL’s hottest free agents. Trotz had previously been linked to the Winnipeg Jets, and recently rumors emerged that he would be interviewing for the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.
It doesn’t seem that these rumors are true, although Philly Hockey Now’s Sam Carchidi tweets that Trotz will “soon” meet the Philadelphia brass. Notably, they weren’t the only teams reaching out, as Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports that six to seven teams have already contacted the Trotz camp. Kypreos adds that teams believe the prize money will be in the region of $6 million, more than the $4 million he earned a year with the Islanders. Trotz had one year left on his contract when he was relieved of his duties.
Of course, the Flyers also pay Alain Vigneault $5 million/year in the 2023-24 season, which means signing for Trotz as well would be an incredibly expensive proposition. When team president Dave Scott said he was giving general manager Chuck Fletcher a ‘blank check’ to fix the group, most expected it to mean spending a lot on free agent players. ; maybe it will also mean a head coach.
Trotz is one of many experienced bench bosses on the market and was a surprise after taking the Islanders to two straight conference finals before missing the playoffs this season. Since winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018, he’s widely regarded as one of the league’s most effective coaches.
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