Barry Trotz interested in Capitals' head coaching job: 'A new challenge is really exciting'

Ian McLaren
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Barry Trotz is without question one of the more coveted available NHL head coaches after having been let go by the Nashville Predators back in April. 

In a telephone interview with the Washington Post on Monday, Trotz admitted he spoke to the Capitals about their vacancy, and that "a lot of things excite" him about the team:

[The Capitals] were one of the first teams to reach out and asked what my plans were. I told them I would like to coach and they said they would love to talk to me. But obviously, they’re in the search for their general manager right now. From my standpoint of wanting another opportunity, a lot of things excite me about the Capitals and the other teams that are out there. A new challenge, to me, is really exciting.

The 51-year-old is aware that many teams looking for a coach are in transition or still in the assessment phase, so it may take some time for him to find a new home. He's willing to be patient:

Every team is a little different [with the timeline]. Some teams are still in the general manager search, some teams are taking their time, they’ve made changes and are reassessing where they are as a group. I don’t expect anything to happen or really to get going until the end of this month and the first part of June.

Trotz posted a coaching record of 557-479-60-100 in 1,196 games with the Predators.

The full interview can be read here.