A new coach just fell in the lap of Lou Lamoriello and the New York Islanders. Barry Trotz is now the obvious choice for head coach.
Yesterday, I found it strange that the New York Islanders haven’t reached out to Sheldon Keefe. The connection seemed obvious enough, Lamoriello was in Toronto where Keefe worked it was only a matter of time he’d get a shot with an NHL team, why not the Islanders.
In the afternoon, something drastically changed. Barry Trotz resigned as the coach of the Washington Capitals. He left because of money, he wouldn’t have been $1.8 million which is nowhere near the $6-$7 million the upper echelon of coaches makes.
Out of all 31 teams, only one remains needing a coach and that’s the New York Islanders. It’s almost too obvious at this point.
The Islanders need Trotz. He brings a winning pedigree, coming off his first Stanley Cup victory, he’s made the playoffs 11 times (7 of the last 9 years), and has a career win percentage of .564.
In the game of trying to get Tavares to want to stay the Islanders are doing a pretty good job so far. First Lou Lamoriello and now potentially Barry Trotz? John Tavares will ink an extension in no time.
Isles Tweet of the Day
News: Sheldon Keefe isn’t a target
Apparently, Sheldon Keefe isn’t on Lou Lamoriello’s mind when it comes to head coaches for the New York Islanders. He hasn’t been contacted.
News: Barry Trotz is a free agent
The New York Islanders received a big lifeline in the hunt for a head coach. Barry Trotz is going to free agency. And the Isles are the only team with a vacancy.