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It’s been a big weekend on the NHL coaching beat. Former Caps coach, former Ducks coach, and always awesome dude, Bruce Boudreau, immediately got a new gig with the Minnesota Wild, where he will be great. The other team courting Boudreau was the Ottawa Senators, who settled for Guy Boucher, former coach of the Lightning and architect of that team’s 2011 sweep of the Capitals.
Those new coaching deals come with cash. We know Boudreau will earn $12 million over the next four years. We suspect Boucher will earn, um, a lot less, but we don’t know the details. Of the disclosed data provided by Cap Friendly, Sean Tierney of Today’s Slapshot created a helpful visualization that makes one thing clear:
Barry Trotz is underpaid.
Graphic: Sean Tierney
No one anywhere is surprised by Mike Babcock’s ludicrous paycheck, but the folks who made it down to the bottom of chart are now instantly outraged on Barry Trotz’s behalf.
At $1.5 million per year, Trotz earns less than all his peers (that we know about) except Jeff Blashill, who I think inherited the Detroit Red Wings in some sort of King Ralph scenario.
The 2015-16 Washington Capitals, in their second season under Trotz, was the most successful season in franchise history.
Trotz’s contract goes through 2017-18, at which point he should have more leverage in negotiations. (That was my sneaky way of saying he should win a Stanley Cup in the next couple years, okay, have a nice day.)
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