BIG MONEY FOR TROTZ — BUT WHICH TEAM WILL BE PAY­ING?

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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.

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