What Barry Trotz Doesn’t Want When the Caps Have a Lead

Patrick McDermott

Photo: Patrick McDermott

There’s been a lot written about the Caps’ play with a lead lately both here and elsewhere. And then there were Barry Trotz’s postgame comments following the loss to the Oilers last week that left some people scratching their heads. It’s a popular topic for good reason. The Caps are fourth in the league in possession when trailing and ninth when tied, but they fall to 17th when they have a lead.

Trotz recently expanded on his thoughts on the team’s play with a lead to Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post.

“A good example of that was end of the second period. There’s 20 seconds left, just make a good play or get it out and don’t try to be too fine. That’s to me managing the game and managing the situation.”

Psssssst. Hey, Marcus Johansson. Your head coach is talking about you.

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What Is Barry Trotz Talking About?

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“I think we took our foot off the gas,” Jay Beagle said to the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt after Tuesday’s loss to Edmonton. “[We] kind of let teams creep back in.”

Surrendering two two-goal leads in in the last few games invites that sort of comment, and the media pressed Trotz about the Capitals’ lack of aggression during the postgame conference.

Trotz’s response was so confusing I might have an aneurysm before I finish this.

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For a decade and a half, Barry Trotz WAS the Nashville Predators. He was the team’s first coach, bringing hockey to Music City and (possibly apocryphally) naming the team.

When Trotz came back to town for the first time, this time as coach of the Capitals, you just knew Nashville would welcome him with a big gesture. He’s that important to the city.

Early in the first period, the Predators debuted this touching video. The organization also thanked assistant coaches Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn.

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Barry Trotz Sports Black Eye During Press Conference


After the Caps beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1, head coach Barry Trotz took to the podium like always to answer questions from the press. But tonight his appearance was a little bit different than usual. The 52-year-old bench boss sported a black eye.

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Just put some toilet paper on it like you cut yourself shaving.

Hockey injuries are common. Cuts, scratches, lost teeth, and even arterial sprays are rather commonplace for pro players. Less so for coaches, but poor Barry Trotz bled for his team on Thursday.

Marcus Johansson bopped Trotz in the noggin following a hit with Luke Schenn in front of the Caps bench.

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After the Washington Capitals concluded their first and only practice on the Winter Classic ice sheet, head coach Barry Trotz gathered his team in a semi-circle.

“They’re kicking us off the ice so we can let our families and let the people who helped us get here and the people you care about have some time on the ice,” Trotz said as the group disbanded. It was at that point dozens of friends, girlfriends, wives, and children came out onto the ice to enjoy a family skate with the Caps.

“This is Belle,” Braden Holtby said to EPIX cameras. “This is her first time on the ice.”

“Too bad you won’t remember this,” Holtby said, as he head turned to his new-born daughter. “We will.”

Brooks Laich could be seen skating with his girlfriend Julianne Hough. Trotz even got to say hello to Alex Ovechkin‘s mom and dad, Tatyana and Mikhail.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with your son,” Trotz said to Ovechkin’s parents, as the Russian machine translates. “I don’t know if it’s a pleasure coming back, but I know it’s a pleasure this way. I think we get along.”

“Happy New Year, health, good luck for the whole team and your family,” Ovechkin’s father responded back in Russian.

“The same thing goes for you,” Trotz said.

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Because technology has advanced to the point where an official can wear a tiny video camera on his head, we bring you footage of Barry Trotz yelling at a referee from said referee’s perspective during the Winter Classic. This is compelling stuff.

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The Washington Capitals are being called for a bunch of penalties. Through the game’s first two periods, this is how the box score reads.

The officiating was already irritating head coach Barry Trotz when he went into Barry Crush Mode after John Carlson took an dumb cross-checking penalty during a penalty kill.

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Trotz Family

Following their sun-splashed practice at Nationals Park on Wednesday, the Washington Capitals stayed on the ice for an informal skate around the outdoor rink, joined by their friends and family — and there were plenty of them. Michael Latta got around 50 tickets for his guests, though he’s not the Capitals leader. According to Latta, John Carlson asked for even more. While the media was ushered away from the rink during the skate, NHL Network cameras and the Caps Twitter account captured some of the heartwarming moments.

These guys are adorable.

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Nostalgia is at the core of the Winter Classic. The Caps will wear jerseys honoring the Washington DC professional hockey team of the 1930’s. Braden Holtby will wear vintage pads and a mask honoring the greatest Caps goaltender of all-time, Olie Kolzig.

We don’t know what Barry Trotz will wear. In the past, some coaches have embraced a vintage style, such as Dan Blysma’s fedora/varsity jacket getup in 2011. But each coach seems to make his own call on what he’ll wear.

We’re here to help Barry Trotz find an outfit that captures his essence. I’m sure he’ll look great and neckless no matter what he wears.

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