A Winnipeg brewery is making former Washington Capitals coach quite the offer to take over as Winnipeg Jets head coach.
Little Brown Jug Brewing Company and Winnipeg Sports Talk announced their campaign on Monday via a Twitter video, saying that “Trotz Watch” is in full swing as the Jets look for their next bench boss.
“In case it’s coming down to the wire and Winnipeg needs a sweetener, we here at Winnipeg Sports Talk are here to act as the closers with a special offer for Barry Trotz,” host Andrew “Hustler” Paterson said in the video. “Barry, I know there are plenty of teams who would love you as their new bench boss. But we need you back in your home province of Manitoba to help turn our team around.
“And to show you just how serious we are, we have the following offer for you. After consultation with our friends at Little Brown Jug, Manitoba’s favorite local bear, we are prepared to offer you free beer life if you become head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.”
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Winnipeg is coming off a tough year, finishing sixth in the central (39-32-11) and missing the postseason. Longtime bench boss Paul Maurice resigned in December, leaving Dave Lowry as the interim coach.
Trotz himself is coming off a tough year. His New York Islanders went 37-35-10 and missed the playoffs, leading to his surprise firing. However, before that, Trotz led the Isles to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals and won the Jack Adams in 2019. The year before that, he won the Stanley Cup with the Capitals in 2018.
Right now, the 59-year-old Dauphin, Manitoba native is reportedly one of the finalists to become the new Philadelphia Flyers head coach. However, there is still a lot to consider going into the 2022-23 campaign. And now on the table: free beer for life.