We had believed Trotz was a free agent this summer. That’s not correct. There was a two-year extension if he won the Cup in WASH. But, as coaches’ contracts have exploded in value, it was below the current market. Both sides tried to negotiate an extension….
In somewhat unsurprising news, Barry Trotz will not move forward as the Washington Capitals’ head coach next season despite their 2018 Stanley Cup Championship. It has been rumored throughout the season that Trotz would seek employment elsewhere regardless of how their season wrapped up, but many had hoped a Cup would keep him in Washington for the foreseeable future.
I’ve always been a fan of Barry Trotz and his no-neck look behind the benches. I’m sure he’ll have no trouble finding work somewhere in the NHL, but chances are he won’t find a situation as good as the one he had in D.C.
Best of luck to Barry. Hopefully he heads to the Western Conference and takes Tom Wilson with him.
There are few things in the world better than playoff hockey. Unfortunately, as a Blue Jacket fan, I’ve only gotten to experience the feeling a limited number of times, and never beyond the first round. This is the year that all changes though. The Blue Jackets will give me something I’m really not used to as a Cincinnati sports fan: a winning postseason.
I know what you’re saying. “Oh Mac, you’re just being optimistic again like you always are, hoping for the best but never expecting the worse”. You obviously don’t know me. I fully expect my teams to lose every single time they step onto the field (or ice). Until the clock strikes 0:00 and all chances for a video review are exhausted, I still don’t believe my team has won. It’s a miserable life to live, but someone has to. Right? Continue reading →
For the first time in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets are heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in back-to-back seasons. With their 5-4 OT loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Jackets secured the final point needed to stamp their playoff passports. It would’ve been a lot cooler if they clinched their playoff berth with a victory over the Penguins, but with the way the season looked at times, I’ll take it.
It’s official. With football still months away, and the NBA/NHL finals in the rear view mirror, we’re left with nothing but Major League Baseball to hold our attention until we get some fake NFL games in August.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the last two games of the NBA finals, with KD getting his first ring with the Superteam to beat all Superteams. The chippy nature of the games and the almost-fights were fun to watch. And Xavier Alum/badass David West got his first ring. Also, apparently KD doesn’t like the taste of beer… pussy.
KD is all grown up now that he's a champion cracking some cold ones with the boys… Haters gonna say he didn't really drink the beer pic.twitter.com/Zxhun8fooD
Every sport has that player that gets unfair criticism for being the Chosen One and getting the benefit of every call. Sidney Crosby gets criticism for getting the benefit of every call, but it is not unfair.
Crosby has a well documented history of head injuries that have put his long term health in question. Some people (me) blame his series of traumatic brain injuries for the pathetic excuse of a beard he tries to grow every summer during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sidney, of all people, should understand the risk involved when it comes to head injuries, which led to my surprise when I witnessed this during tonight’s Game 5 contest: Continue reading →