Nashville Predators have confirmed that president of hockey operations and their general manager Barry Trotz will not receive an extension on his current contract, which expires at the end of the current season.
The longest-serving coach in the NHL will bring an end to his 15-year tenure with the Predators, who have confirmed the search for his replacement begins immediately.
“Our organization has high expectations and we have not met them in the past two seasons,” David Poile said of making the most difficult decision of his 30-plus year general manager career.
The Predators have set no time limit on their search for a replacement and have offered Trotz another position with the organisation.
“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.
“I also want to thank Barry for everything he has done for our franchise. He has been the face and voice of our team for 15 years. He created, developed and lived The Predator Way – on the ice, in the office and in the community.
"There could be no finer ambassador for the Predators or Nashville than Barry Trotz. He has laid a foundation and culture that will benefit the next coach of the Nashville Predators.”
Trotz finished with a 557-479-100 record with the Predators, who face the prospect of being guided by another GM for the first time in their history.