Report: Capitals, Panthers and Hurricanes have contacted Barry Trotz about coaching vacancies

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Former Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz, who was the longest tenured bench boss in the NHL prior to being relieved of his duties in Nashville in late April, was a guest analyst on CBC's broadcast of Game 4 of the second round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

As Trotz stretches his legs in the analysts chair, however, he's generating significant interest from at least three teams with a vacant head coaching position. According to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger, Trotz has been contacted by all of the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes about potentially taking over as head coach.

Trotz discussed the interest he's received on Thursday in an appearance on Vancouver sports talk radio station the Team 1040. "At this point, I am in absolutely no hurry to do anything," said the veteran head coach per MetroNews. "I’ve been contacted by a few teams. As I said, I’m in no rush to do anything right now. Everybody has their own time frame. There’s a couple of teams that have basically said, ‘Give us some time and you’re on our short list.’ So that’s where I am."

Trotz also specifically discussed his interest in the head coaching vacancy in Vancouver. "I’m interested in every job that’s out there right now," said Trotz, before admitting his affection for the Pacific Northwest in general: "Obviously I have a home in British Columbia, in the Vernon area."

Continued Trotz: "I’ve watched the Canucks organization a little bit from afar and played against them in recent years and there’s a lot of quality people there, so absolutely. I’m interested in every opportunity right now."