NHL Analyst: How Do You Not Pay Trotz?

The Washington Capitals could not come to contract terms with a coach who just delivered the first Stanley Cup in franchise history

June 22, 2018 - 10:07 am

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Sirius NHL Radio analyst Nick Alberga dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss Barry Trotz, the Washington Capitals, and the New York Islanders, among other topics. 

Trotz became head coach of the Islanders just two weeks after leading the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. What could have prompted that?

"It's so intriguing on many fronts,” Alberga said on Ferrall on the Bench. “How it came to be that a guy who wins the Stanley Cup (resigns). This is the first time, I believe, since 2002 when Scotty Bowman won the Cup but then retired."

Alberga believes there were deep issues between the Capitals and Trotz.

"It doesn't happen very often, but my sense is that there was a rift with Barry Trotz, the Capitals and upper management, and they just couldn't fix the issue,” he said. “They couldn't rectify the situation. I think (there was) maybe a difference of opinions (on) a variety of matters, and I think they came to grips and said, 'Hey, we're going to move on regardless after this year.’ Because again, how do you not justify putting the money into a guy who just won you the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history?”

Trotz, 55, inherits an Islanders squad that has missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons. New York last won the Stanley Cup in 1983, which capped their run of four straight titles.