BIG MONEY FOR TROTZ — BUT WHICH TEAM WILL BE PAYING?
Barry Trotz is not among the highest paid coaches in NHL. In fact, he’s not even close to the Mike Babcocks or the Joel Quennevilles on the salary scale but he’s about to get some kind of raise of sorts.
The question is, will it be in Washington, where the Capitals just won the Stanley Cup, or on Long Island, where Lou Lamoriello has taken over the Islanders hockey operation or maybe in Minnesota, where new general manager Paul Fenton is an old Trotz advocate from their time together in Nashville?
Trotz was clearly not happy when the Capitals didn’t re-sign him prior to the final who is a restricted free agent, and if Lamoriello gets him, look for him to sign Grubauer long-term with the Islanders ... Now
Bryan Colangelo playing on Saturday Night Live: Jon Lovitz. Yeah, that’s the ticket ... Honestly, before Colangelo got in his mess in Philadelphia, I had no idea what a burner account was on Twitter ... We’re going
J.A. Happ to miss when he’s traded in July. He’s the Blue Jays MVP this season
Brian Burke ... is writing a book, which should be fascinating. It won’t necessarily be the truth but it will be his truth ... Among coaches who have won the American Hockey League championship:
Barry Trotz, Jon Cooper, Peter Laviolette, Bruce Boudreau, John Tortorella. Pretty impressive
Terrell list ... It’s official, Owens
is out of his mind. He complained when he didn’t get quick entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Then, when voted in, he has announced he will not attend the induction ceremonies, which is one of the truly great football days of the year.
SCENE AND HEARD
Jose Altuve The great is hitting .341 after hitting .346 last year and .338 the year before that with Houston.
Rod Carew The great once hit .350, .364 and .354 in consecutive seasons ... Department of dumb: If LeBron James
was going to injure his hand punching something, shouldn’t the
J.R. wall have been named Smith?
... Weird, they’re not having any kind of local civic reception to honour the Vegas Golden Knights ... For those who are counting, that’s eight championship
Steve Kerr, rings for playing
Sloane Stephens and coaching ... year of his contract in Washington and it has factored in the relationship between him and general manager Brian MacLellan. On the night the Caps won the Cup, both Trotz and MacLellan said all the right things and the GM talked about re-signing his coach for the coming years. It may not be that easy. Trotz knows he has all kinds of leverage now — something he’s never really had before — and may want to play the freeagent game just to see what may be available come July 1, when his contract expires. MacLellan is in a tough position here, because he may not adore Trotz as a won the U.S. Open last year and lost the French Open on Saturday. Last time I saw her live, she was
Genie Bouchard losing to in the first round of the 2016 Olympics in Rio ... What
Garth Snow does do with the long list he has been keeping of media people who have slighted him now that he’s been fired as GM
Devante of the Islanders .... Smith-Pelly,
the robust kid from Scarborough, scored seven playoff goals for Washington, which is more than he has scored in six of his nine NHL regular seasons ... An amazing number with Ovechkin, goal scoring aside: In 13 NHL seasons with the Capitals, he has only missed 29 games. He’s missed just eight games the past five seasons.
AND ANOTHER THING
There is concern already
Shohei Ohtani whether can survive as a big-league pitcher. He’s already on the disabled list with a bum elbow. Tommy John surgery is not out of the question. Which is more than unfortunate for the slugging once in a modern era pitcher.
Babe Ruth For the record, lasted five seasons pitching — winning 23 and 24 games in his best years — before taking over as baseball’s ultimate slugger ... Washington Nationals, with 10 players on the disabled list, lead the National League East and played host to the Stanley Cup Friday night
Kendrys Morales, ... stealing $11 million a year batting cleanup for the Blue Jays, has eight hits in his last five games, a sign he is actually breathing, but no home runs and no RBIs in that time ... Where exactly did this arbitrary 100pitch count came from? And does anybody know, pitcher to pitcher, arm to arm, whether it has any real
Kyle Dubas’ meaning? ... first official trade as Leafs
Nolan general manager. Vesey
to Edmonton for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. Truth is, the Leafs have had some success with seventh-round picks, especially those
Andreas from Sweden like Johnsson, Carl Gunnarsson Anton Stralman
and ... What happens first, Dwane Casey
gets a coaching job or the Raptors hire Casey’s replacement? ...
Zach Happy birthday to Hyman Brent Sutter
(26), Dan Fouts
(56), (67), Ken Singleton Mark
(71), Henry Kate Upton (47),
Kurt Walker (26) and (64) ... And hey, whatever
Harold Baines? became of coach, but how do you explain to your rather large fan base that the guy who just won you a Stanley Cup may not be returning? Pressure from ownership may factor here. Meanwhile, Lamoriello is waiting, at least until he gets word on Trotz’s status, before proceeding with his coaching search with the Islanders. And what’s not known here is what Fenton thinks of Bruce Boudreau in Minnesota. Whatever happens, the $1.5 million Trotz earned in his 19th NHL season, could well be tripled with his next contract, no matter where that will be.