By Jenny Masters
So the Flyers and their woeful GM Chuck Fletcher are trying to entice a quality coach to come to Philly.
And the chattering class seems to have settled on Barry Trotz, who was fired a week ago by the Isles.
He has a great pedigree, and a Stanley Cup with the Caps to prove it.
But why would he come to Philly and oversee a reclamation project?
The biggest reason why Trotz might not be a fit is simple:
He may not want to come to Philadelphia.
As the top coach on the market, he’ll have his pick of destinations, and while money can go a long way, the Flyers aren’t exactly the most attractive destination from a roster quality standpoint at the moment.
It’s possible that a very good club upset in Round 1 of the playoffs may fire their coach just to hire Trotz; it would be difficult for the Flyers to compete with those types of clubs, especially if said club is also willing to open the checkbook.
For now, Trotz appears to be surveying the landscape — Pierre LeBrun reported Monday that Trotz expects to take at least a week before making any decision on his future, and that he hasn’t ruled out a move into management instead of another head coaching gig.
But he’s available, and certainly a viable option for the Flyers.