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Emotional goodbye for Trotz as he parts ways with Preds

Barry Trotz is the only coach the Nashville Predators have ever known but he is looking for a job...

Barry Trotz is the only coach the Nashville Predators have ever known but he is looking for a job after being released on Monday.

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 PM ET

His voice often trembling and his eyes welling up, Barry Trotz said goodbye to Nashville, Monday, capping one of the most enduring made-in-Manitoba stories in professional sports.

Actually, it’s not over.

Trotz made it clear getting fired by the Predators is only the start of a new chapter.

I’m guessing more than one NHL general manager sat up and took notice.

That a kid from Dauphin, Man., cut his teeth in the Manitoba Junior League and with the U of M Bisons before making it as a 15-year NHL head coach is one thing.

That he’d stick with the same team for all 15 seasons, becoming the NHL’s longest-tenured bench boss and drawing universal respect from players, peers and the media is another, entirely.

“Sorry about that — got something in my eye,” an emotional Trotz said early in his farewell news conference. “Don’t know what it is.”

It was a remarkable scene, considering the situation.

The 51-year-old went out of his way to thank playe


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