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Surviving, succeeding the Nashville way

Updated: April 1, 2010, 3:40 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

1982, Washington Capitals training camp. A young defenseman arrives for a tryout. He approaches legendary scout Jack Button up in the stands, thanking him for inviting him to camp and giving him a shot at being an NHL player.

"Oh, you're not going to make the NHL," Button tells him flatly.

Button figures the 19-year-old might make a good minor league leader or coach someday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Barry Trotz never played a single NHL game.

"When ...

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