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The Noon Countdown: A Seasoned Veteran

Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the Caps' new bench boss

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15 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also...

...the number of seasons for which Barry Trotz was the head coach of the Nashville Predators, dating back to the franchise's inception in 1997. As he gets set to begin his first season in Washington, he becomes the first Caps' coach in the Ovechkin era to have any previous NHL experience - in fact, he has more years of NHL head-coaching experience than their last four coaches combined.