Report: Former Capitals coach Trotz rejects $7 million offer from flyers, buys $1.5 million home in suburban Nashville

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According to Crossing Broad, coach Barry Trotz rejected an offer that would have paid him more than $7 million a season to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers before buying a $1.5 million home in the Nashville suburb of Melrose.

Trotz paid $235,000 more than the market value of the home after renovating the home two years ago.

There was talk that Trotz might return to the Nashville Predators, where he coached for 15 years before being fired at the end of the 2014-15 season, in a managerial position. It should be noted that the purchase of the home does not confirm that Trotz will be heading to Nashville this season, but it could be a possible indication of his destination.

“From my understanding, Barry Trotz told teams he was in no rush to make up his mind,” Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman said. “He won’t make up his mind until he’s sure it’s right for him and his family.”

Friedman added on Wednesday that Trotz was nowhere near getting a Vegas Golden Knights job as a coach despite being interviewed there. The Golden Knights named coach Bruce Cassidy on Tuesday.

Trotz has been considered the favorite in Philadelphia, who are said to be close to signing John Tortorella as their next boss on the bench once the contract details are talked about. An announcement is expected on Thursday.

The Islanders dismissed Trotz on May 9 after he missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in his four-year stint behind the bench. The team finished with 84 points, 16 points behind the Washington Capitals to finish last in the Eastern Conference, after falling to Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the third round in each of the previous two seasons.

Last season, the Islanders scored an average of 2.79 goals per game (tied for 22nd place), 2.82 goals per game (tied for 7th place), energy play efficiency of 22.1% (12th place), and penalty kick of 84.2%. Murder rate (IV) under Trotz.

Islanders hired former DC assistant and Trotz right-hander at Lane Lambert to lead the bench next season earlier this week.

Overall, Trotz has a 914-670-60-168 record in 23 seasons as a head coach in the NHL with the Islanders, Capitals, and Nashville Predators. He is 83-79 in postseason.

In four seasons with the Capitals, Trotz has gone 205-89-34, and is good by 677 points. Trotz won the Jack Adams Coach of the Year in 2015-2016 and led the Capitals to back-to-back Presidents Awards in 2015-16 and 2016-2017. He led the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup Franchise in 2017-18 and three consecutive Metropolitan Division titles.

Trotz resigned as head coach of Capitals after a two-year contract extension worth $1.8 million per season was previously agreed, but he wanted an increase in the time the organization wanted to stick to the contract he had already agreed to.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a huge CAPS fan, hockey lover, and has a passion for sports writing. He attended his first match at the age of eight and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest memories of the Hats were watching the Capitals lift the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photographing and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077

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