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Predators: David Boyle retires at the end of the year, Barry Trotz returns

The only general manager in Nashville Predators history, David Boyle, will retire on June 30.

This was announced by the 73-year-old in a press release on Sunday, specifying that he will remain with the organization in an advisory role.

“This decision is the best for me and for the Nashville Predators,” Boyle said. For Predators, I think it’s time for a new voice and a new direction. I am proud of the foundation we have put into our hockey operations, investing in and improving every area of ​​the department. It’s a good time for someone else to move our franchise forward.”

Poile was named GM of the Preds in 1997, a year before the club’s first season in the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously held the same position with the Washington Capitals (1982 to 1995). He is the first general manager in NHL history to reach 3,000 games as a GM.

Trotz is back

Barry Trotz will replace Boyle at Nashville. The latter was the head coach of the Predators from 1998 to 2014. He was subsequently a pilot for the Capitals (2014 to 2018) and New York Islanders (2018 to 2022).

After being fired by the Islanders, Trotz decided to take a hiatus from the 2022-23 season, despite interest from several Pittman tour teams.

Trotz has already joined the Predators to work alongside Poile, but won’t be named GM until July.

“My heart has been in Nashville since that first season in 1998-99,” the ghost recalled. “I think our team and our fan base have developed a very unique relationship in sports today, and I’m thrilled to be coming home to the organization and the city where I held my first position as a head coach in the NHL.” “

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Trotz continued, “I can’t thank David enough for not only giving me the job, but also for teaching me so much over the past 40 years.” I think I’m ready to succeed as a general manager in the NHL and I have David to thank for that. I will be working hard as part of David’s team over the next four months. When I become CEO on July 1, I am committed to doing everything in my power to help our organization win its first-ever Stanley Cup.”