What’s taking the Nashville Predators so long to make a decision about their head coach? Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman seems to believe they longer they’re silent, the more they could be contemplating making a change. He told 102.5 The Game on Thursday that he has a hunch soon-to-be-general manager Barry Trotz is doing his due diligence.
“I think it’s fair to say that Barry Trotz looked at what might else be out there and if any of that appealed to him. But I don’t know if they’ve actually interviewed anyone; I don’t know that they’ve done that. I think the best way to put it is they’ve surveyed the landscape to see what could be out there.”
If John Hynes is Nashville’s guy, then why not shut down and speculation to the contrary? When do teams typically hire/fire coaches during the offseason? What Predators prospects are shining in the Calder Cup Playoffs? Michael Gallagher has those answers and much more on the latest episode of the Gold Standard podcast on 440 Sports.
It’s still not known if Tyson Barrie figures into the Predators future, and if the team does look to move him during the offseason, there should be a healthy market for the 31-year-old defenseman.
Nashville can shed Barrie’s $4.5 million salary and open a roster spot for a younger defenseman next season while bringing back more draft capital and/or forward depth from a team like the Montreal Canadiens.
Regardless of where Barrie’s future is, it’s not in Edmonton. The 31-year-old blueliner recently put his 4,324-square foot house on the market for a cool $4.7 million asking price.
Though he was kept off the scoresheet, Predators center Cody Glass and Team Canada are moving on to the semifinal round of the IIHF World Championship. Besting Finland 4-1 in Thursday’s quarterfinal round, the Canadians will now face Latvia on Saturday.
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