2 Bombshells. Ownership change AND Barry Trotz coming back to Nashville. While the world was watching the Filip Forsberg negotiations, an ownership change was quietly being worked out behind the scenes. According to a report from Sportico, the ownership group of the Predators is set to sell the NHL franchise to the former governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam.
The current ownership is a group of individuals led by the most visible owner Herbert Fritch. But it looks like Bill Haslam will buy the team (valued at 680 million dollars).
If the sale does happen, it's safe to say the Predators will not move to another city. Haslam, who used to be governor of Tennessee, made his fortune with the truck travel centers.
But we've also learned that Barry Trotz, former Preds coach, is buying a house in Nashville. After his time with Nashville, he went on to win a Stanley Cup with Washington. Then he made the New York Islanders successful before being let go after this past season.
Trotz, who had his fans and detractors as head coach of the Predators, is said by many to want a move into management after a lengthy coaching career. Could new owner Haslam want to add Trotz to the front office alongside (or in place of David Poile)? Hmmm.
Either way, Barry Trotz is a wonderful human and it'll be great to have him back in the community.