Barry Trotz better be careful or he’ll become the NHL’s next Mike Keenan.
Trotz, who just coached the Washington Capitals to a Stanley Cup victory, resigned because he wanted a better contract. Apparently, there was a minimal raise and an automatic two-year extension for Trotz if he led the Capitals to a championship. But he wanted more.
Keenan got in a similar squabble with the New York Rangers in 1994, when he resigned during an ugly contractual hassle after his team broke a 54-year Stanley Cup jinx. With Keenan there were always reports he didn’t get along with the team’s owner, general manager and numerous players. He was continually resigning or getting fired from NHL jobs until he simply ran out of destinations.
Washington hired Trotz after he was dumped by the Nashville Predators. The Capitals had gone all of their 44-year existence without winning a championship. Now there are reports Trotz was squabbling with the Caps’ general manager. Like Keenan, Trotz is a winner who will be in demand right now but eventually, that appeal can fade away.