Capitals Coach Barry Trotz talks Home Depot, balance and accountability


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Capitals Coach Barry Trotz made the rounds with the D.C. media after his introductory news conference on Tuesday and one of the more Bog-worthy tidbits to come out of his whirlwind tour was his answer to NBC 4 anchor Dianna Russini’s question about what he likes to do.

“Go to Home Depot,” Trotz said.

“Home Depot? What do you do at Home Depot?” Russini followed up.

“Just walk around, you know,” Trotz said.

“You’re that guy?” Russini said.

“Yeah, I’m that guy,” Trotz replied.

Good news for Trotz: There are 30 Home Depot stores within 50 miles of the Verizon Center and that’s more than twice the number of stores that were within 50 miles of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Just remember to skip the fireplace tool aisle, Barry.

The number of Home Depots in the area isn’t the only thing that has grown since Trotz was last part of the Capitals’ organization. The fan base has, too.

“Hockey in Washington has absolutely changed 180 degrees from when I worked with the Caps 17 years ago,” Trotz said on DC 101′s Elliot in the Morning show on Wednesday morning.

Trotz said his players have a responsibility to the fan base, as well as to each other, to play hard, and he expects the Capitals’s passionate fan base will help keep the organization in check.

“I think that’s a big part of success, is having a fan base that’s making everybody accountable,” Trotz said at the end of his interview on ESPN 980′s The Drive. “That’s a real important element if you want to go on and do something great.”

Trotz also answered questions about his reputation as a defensive-minded coach in Nashville and what sort of identity he intends to create for his new team in Washington.

“I think there has to be more balance in their overall game,” Trotz told LaVar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan. “I do not want to take away from the offensive part of the game. I think they’ve got a lot of elements. It’s very hard to score in this league, but you look at the teams that are winning now in the National Hockey League, they’ve got good balance.”

Trotz echoed those thoughts during his interview with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to take away their identity, the ability to be a real good offensive team,” Trotz said. “I still think that they need to have that. That’s really the strength of the team, is the ability to create some offense. What I’d like to add to that is a very consistent two-way factor defensively, maybe add a little more of that grit and, I’ll say, puck-possession type of game down low where we can win games off the rush, on the power play, and maybe if we have to win a 1-0 game, that won’t be out of our wheelhouse, if you will. I want to be a well-rounded team.”

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