Barry Trotz just coached the Caps to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship.
But as the players and coaches scattered across the globe following breakdown day on Wednesday, Trotz still had not signed a contract extension.
“I do want to be back,” Trotz said at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “There are some things that we have to work out. I’ve talked to [GM Brian MacLellan]. If we can get them worked out, then there’s no question.”
“I do want to be back.” — Barry Trotz on his future in Washington. He’s a free-agent-to-be, but says discussions re: an extension with GM Brian MacLellan have begun. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/ekEIvHDZgL— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) June 13, 2018
Trotz did not elaborate on the “things” that need to be worked out.
He did, however, express his affection for his players and the comfortable situation that his family enjoys in the Washington area.
“I love the group of guys,” Trotz said. “I love the situation I’m in with the team, with the location for my [special needs] son and wife and all that. All of that’s in place. There’s some issues that we’ve got to just work through, and we will.”
Asked if he intends to make any changes to staff of assistants—assuming he re-signs, of course—Trotz would only say, “There’s a few issues we have to go through.”
Trotz, who ranks fifth all-time in wins, becomes a free agent at the end of the month. And considering the fact that the 55-year-old just had the best contract year a person in his position could have, he’s also in line for a big raise.
“We're going to try; I talked to Barry this morning,” MacLellan said. “I’ll talk to ownership over the next week or so, and continue to discuss everything and we’ll see where it goes.”
Asked if there’s a clock ticking on the negotiations since Trotz will be free to sign anywhere in a couple of weeks, MacLellan said: “I don’t think either side feels any pressure. If both sides come to an agreement and it works…it’ll work.”
MacLellan has a few big decisions to make in the coming weeks, with the draft and free agency looming. At the top of Mac’s to-do list, however, is closing a deal with Trotz.
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