Trotz reportedly met with president Dick Patrick and owner Ted Leonsis. Trotz was fired by the Nashville Predators on April 14 after 15 years.
Trotz has history with the Capitals organization. He was the coach of the Portland Pirates when they were the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate and was an assistant coach with the Baltimore Skipjacks when they were the Capitals' AHL team.
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp