Talks between the Washington Capitals and Barry Trotz appear to be heating up.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, no deal is done but talks between the two sides have intensified about the team's head coaching position.
Trotz was fired by the Nashville Predators at the end of the season after 16 years as the only head coach in franchise history.
Trotz coached 1,196 games with Nashville, second only to Gregg 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 make the playoffs with the same team in seven of eight seasons between 2003-04 and 2011-12.
The Capitals fired head coach Adam Oates and did not renew the contract of general manager George McPhee at the end of the season after the team missed the playoffs with a record of 38-30-14.