By Patrick Hoffman
**Originally drafted on June 6**
Wouldn't it be ironic if the only coach in Capitals' history to win a Cup ends up bolting after accomplish said goal?
According to media reports, there was speculation all year long that this would be Trotz's last season in Washington. He is currently without a contract following this season so there is a chance that he could hit the open head coaching market.
In his four years with the Caps, his team has won the Presidents' trophy twice as the league's best team in the regular season, has won the Metropolitan Division three teams, and has now made the Cup Final. trotz has basically done everything in Washington with the exception of winning a Cup.
Should he hit the open market, there will definitely be teams that will be interested in at least having discussions with him. He is the fifth-winningest coach of all time, so if Caps' general manager Brian MacLellan decides to let him walk, there will be clubs that might pursue Trotz.
One option could actually be the New York Islanders. While I am not saying that this will happen, do not be surprised if Isles' president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello at least reaches out to Trotz to discuss the potential of being the club's next head coach.
That would be an absolutely huge get for the franchise. The team has not had a real competent head coach in quite awhile so getting some like Trotz would be one of their best head coaching hires since Al Arbour.
When it comes to Trotz, there have also been rumors that the Minnesota Wild be interested in hiring him if he were to become available. While current Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has done a solid job with the Wild, he has yet to take them to next level and have any kind of success in the playoffs. Trotz might be able to change that trend if he were go there.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out once the playoffs are over. Would MacLellan really let Trotz go after he just won them a Cup (potentially)?
Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.