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Predators pick up option on coaching staff

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Predators general manager David Poile picked up the option Friday on coach Barry Trotz and his assistants for next season as a reward for the best season in franchise history.

The Predators had chosen not to pick up that option before the 2006-07 season, and Poile said last week the move was to let everyone focus on the season. The Predators responded with 110 points and finished third in the NHL with a record 51 victories.

But Nashville finished with the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and lost to fifth-seeded San Jose in the quarterfinals in five games for a second straight year.

Trotz is the only coach the Predators have had, and he ranks 16th on the career list for most games (656) coached with the same team.

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