Barry Trotz can’t even count the number of times he’s thought his time with the Nashville Predators was about to end.
Four, five times?
It seems even the NHL’s longest-serving head coach feels like he’s constantly dodging bullets and lunging from knives.
“Four or five times a year,” the Dauphin, Man., native and former Winnipegger said after running his Predators through practice, here, Thursday. “Really. You can always sense when there’s a lot more heat on you than not. We all say we don’t think about it. But it’s pretty hard not to when you listen to your shows and in the papers everybody’s calling for your (head).
“I make fun of it at times, probably too openly. But I’m OK with it. I understand the business of it. I’ve been very, very blessed to be with one organization since the inception.”
Despite the occasional call for change — those whispers surfaced again early this season — Trotz is nearly as much of a fixture in Nashville a