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New York Islanders Barry Trotz Now Free Agent

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals addresses media during Media Day for the 2018 NHL All-Star at Grand Hyatt Hotel on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Head Coach Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals addresses media during Media Day for the 2018 NHL All-Star at Grand Hyatt Hotel on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders received a big life line in the hunt for a head coach. Barry Trotz is going to free agency. And the Isles are the only team with a vacancy.

On July 5th, 2018 New York Islanders created a vacancy at the Head Coach position after firing Doug Weight alongside former GM Garth Snow.

For as long as we can remember the New York Islanders have always either promoted from within or tried to find a coach coming up through the AHL. With few exceptions. And of course it’s rarely worked.

Now with Lou Lamoriello in place, and with owners who seem to want to spend, it’s time to bring in a coach with some experience. A coach with championship level caliber. Like Barry Trotz.

He’s Now A Free Agent

On Monday, Barry Trotz resigned from his position with the Washington Capitals as their head coach. Just weeks after winning the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup.

According to Pierre LeBrun, Trotz had a clause in his contract where he could get a $300,000 raise if he won a Cup. But with Mike Babcock raising the ceiling to $8 million a year, there’s no way Trotz was going to stay for what would become a $1.8 million salary.

Which means that Barry Trotz is now a free agent and can speak to any team in the league.

Trotz is exactly what the Islanders want and need as a head coach. He’s a winning coach, with championship level qualities. His Stanley Cup achievement this season is an obvious quality. But how about an all time .564 win percentage, or a 762-568-60-134 record in the NHL? Or how about making the playoffs in eleven of his 19 seasons as an NHL coach?

Barry Trotz is the perfect candidate for the New York Islanders vacant position behind the bench. It won’t be cheap, but the Islanders need to put their money where their mouth is and pay the man.

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