Predators: David Poile to retire at the end of the year, Barry Trotz back
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The only general manager in Nashville Predators history, David Poile, will retire on June 30.
That's what the 73-year-old man announced in a press release on Sunday, specifying that he would remain with the organization in an advisory role.
“This decision is the best for me and for the Nashville Predators,” Poile said. For the Predators, I believe it's time for a new voice and a new direction. I am proud of the foundation we have put in place in our hockey operations, investing in and improving every area of the department. It's a good time for someone else to move our franchise forward.”
Poile was named GM of the Preds in 1997, a year before the club's first season in the National Hockey League (NHL). He had previously held the same position with the Washington Capitals (1982 to 1995). He is the first general manager in NHL history to have reached 3,000 games as GM.
Here's Trotz again
It's Barry Trotz who will replace Poile in Nashville. The latter was the head coach of the Predators from 1998 to 2014. He was then the pilot of the Capitals (2014 to 2018) and the New York Islanders (2018 to 2022).
After being fired by the Islanders, Trotz decided to take a hiatus for the 2022-23 season, despite interest from several Bettman Tour teams.
Trotz has previously joined the Predators to work alongside Poile, but won't be named GM until July.
David Poile , the only general manager in the history of the Nashville Predators, announced today he is going to retire.
Barry Trotz, the franchise’s first-ever and winningest head coach, takes the reins as general manager on July 1, 2023.https://t.co/ExhxARX9OA
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) February 26, 2023
“My heart has been in Nashville since that first season in 1998-99,” the revenant said. I believe that our team and our fan base have developed a relationship that is very unique in the sport today, and I am delighted to return home to the organization and the city where I held my first position. as a head coach in the NHL.”
“I can't thank David enough, not only for giving me the job, but also for teaching me so much over the past 40 years, continued Trotz. I believe I'm ready to succeed as a general manager in the NHL and I have David to thank for that. I will be working hard as part of David's team over the next four months. When I become CEO on July 1, I am committed to doing everything I can to help our organization win its first-ever Stanley Cup.”