General manager David Poile hopes he sent the strongest message possible by making the first coaching change in Nashville's history: Missing the playoffs is not acceptable for the Predators.
Poile announced Monday that Barry Trotz, the NHL's longest-tenured head coach with one team, would not be back for a 16th season after the Predators missed the postseason for a second straight year.
"This is a wake-up call for everybody in our organization," Poile said at a news conference. "It's a wake-up call for me. 'Get out of your comfort zone.' "
Trotz's contract expires June 30, and the Predators offered him a job in their hockey operations department. The two-time Jack Adams finalist made it clear in a very emotional news conference before Poile spoke that he appreciated the offer but wants to keep coaching.
"I love Nashville, but now I'm going to have to beat you," Trotz said with a smile.
Shanahan takes over
Brendan Shanahan is officially on the job in the Toronto Maple Leafs' front office. The Hockey Hall of Famer was introduced as Toronto's new president and said he was eager to get to work learning about the organization, which missed the playoffs after a late-season collapse.
"I have some ideas in my head about direction, but I think that at the same time ... those are subject to change," Shanahan said. "I think that it's very important for people, especially in sports, to have the ability to evolve and to make changes."
The 45-year-old Toronto native will oversee all team operations for the franchise. Shanahan, who will also be an alternate governor, had been working as the head of the NHL's Department of Player Safety.
The Hall of Famer won three Stanley Cups and played for five teams over his long playing career.
Draft lottery set
The 2014 NHL draft lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 13 picks of the draft, will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday. It will be televised on NBC-SN.
The draft will be hosted by the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center June 27-28.
- Associated Press