Early on in his coaching career, Barry Trotz listened to his elders and decided he needed a place to call home.

"When I first started out as a coach, some of my mentors told me, 'You're probably going to get moved around in this profession so you always want to have a home base,' " Trotz recalled the other day.

"We built a place out in British Columbia because you never know. We figured we'd call that home."

Then he paused and smiled.

"We haven't been there a whole heckuva lot," he said.

Why? Because Nashville is home.

"I'm a converted Southern boy," he said.

When the Predators dropped the puck on Saturday night, Trotz was in his appointed place behind the bench. It was the franchise's 15th home opener. Ditto for Trotz.

In a profession where jobs are shuffled with uncommon regularity (20 of the NHL's 30 head coaches have been with their current team three years or less), Trotz is an anomaly. With the exception of one game when he attended the funeral of his father-in-law, Trotz has been on the bench every time skate has touched ice in franchise history.