Babcock is longest tenured coach in NHL after Preds let Trotz go

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Babcock is now the longest tenured head coach in the NHL. The Nashville Predators parted ways with Barry Trotz on Monday.

Trotz will not be back for a 16th season with the Predators.

Nashville announced Monday they have told Trotz his contract will not be renewed and that they are starting a search for a new coach immediately.

Babcock has been with the Red Wings since 2005, coaching 622 games behind Detroit's bench. The next closest in the NHL is Boston's Claude Julien, who has been with the Bruins since 2007.

Trotz has been the only coach for this former expansion franchise, and he coached 1,196 games with Nashville. That puts him second only to Greg Popovich of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs for longest active coaching tenure in the four major sports.

He is the only NHL coach to take his team to the playoffs in seven of eight seasons before missing the playoffs the past two seasons. Trotz has been offered a position in the team's hockey operations department.

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