Make no mistake: Tuesday’s session between Barry Trotz and the Winnipeg Jets was as much about the prestigious coach interviewing the hockey club as it was the other way around. The truth is, the veteran bench boss with a Stanley Cup on his resume will have no shortage of suitors, and work at True North has stalled persuading a Manitoba producer to go home.
Philadelphia, which is said to have a chat of its own with Trotz on Friday, and Vegas are two other potential landing areas with job openings and a desire to make a big splash in their markets after disappointing years.
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Although it was a positive sign that Winnipeg got its first shot, expect TrotzWatch 2022 to last for at least a few more days, maybe even weeks. The decision is finally in his hands. And only a producer Dauphin knows what would constitute a perfect fit at this point in his decorating career.
Although it was a positive sign that Winnipeg got its first shot, expect TrotzWatch 2022 to last for at least a few more days, maybe even weeks.
It’s not hard to imagine what a conversation from Mark Chipman, Kevin Sheffield and Company would have looked like. Opportunity to work in his backyard for one who has deep roots. An enthusiastic and educated fan base. Get the full support of loyal ownership and management to continue spending up to the maximum salary cap. 2020 Vezina Award winner Connor Hellebuyck at the height of his career. A talented heart attacker with the likes of Kyle Connor, Nikolai Eilers and Pierre-Luc Dubois just beginning to realize their potential. A group of promising youngsters such as Cole Perfetti and Phil Heinola.
We’ve heard that Trotz has aspirations to eventually move from coaching to a higher role with an organization, and you have to imagine that this kind of arrangement at Winnipeg would make very much sense for all parties. No doubt his services will come with a high price, but I can’t imagine any scenario where it boils down to cold, hard cash and bidding on planes. They realize the immeasurable value, both on and off the ice, that a person of Trotz descent would bring to a roster and hockey-obsessed community desperately in need of a shake-up.