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April 14, 2014 | 11:50am ET
Trotz done as coach of Predators
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Nashville Predators will not be extending the contract of head coach Barry Trotz after 15 seasons as bench boss of the hockey club.

The Predators announced that the organization will immediately begin a search to identify a new head coach for the 2014-15 season.

"Our organization has high expectations and we have not met them in the past two seasons," said Predators GM David Poile. "As a result, it is my decision and determination that we need a new voice and a new direction.

"Our change in direction began over a year ago as we have made several personnel changes, including trading of long-time veteran players and a change to our coaching staff last offseason. Our goal is to return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of contending for the Stanley Cup. We know that once we get into the playoffs, anything is possible.

Trotz has been offered a position within the organization's hockey operations department and will consider his options before making a decision on the position.

"It is most important we get the right individual for our franchise, our team and our community," Poile said. "We will investigate all options in order to identify the best candidate."


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