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10th Anniversary Profile: Poile and Trotz

Monday, 12.3.2007 / 4:56 PM CT / 10th Anniversary
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10th Anniversary Profile: Poile and Trotz
Poile
Now in their 20th season working together, General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Barry Trotz have provided a successful model of continuity and stability guiding the Nashville Predators.  Poile was one of the expansion franchise’s first hires, and one of his first moves was bringing in Trotz to coach.  Both were in place a full season before the first NHL puck dropped in the Music City in 1998.

Now ten seasons later, the duo has led the Predators from an expansion team to a playoff contender.  Poile created and installed an Entry Draft-based team-building philosophy that has proven fruitful, and he has supplemented with shrewd acquisitions, through trade and on the free-agent market.  Meanwhile, Trotz and his coaching staff have helped create a team identity based on speed, hard work and tenacity.
Trotz

Only one of 29 other current GM/head coach duos has been together in its current setting longer than Poile and Trotz.  Over the course of their ten seasons, both individuals has been recognized for achievement.  Poile was named the 2007 Sporting News Executive of the Year, Business Tennessee’s 2006 CEO of the Year and in 2001, he was honored with the Lester Patrick Award in recognition of contributions to hockey in the United States.  Trotz was named the 2007 Sporting News Coach of the Year, he worked the bench as an assistant coach at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game and he has finished fourth in balloting for the NHL’s Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year) in each of the last two seasons. 
SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00