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New York Islanders Daily: Barry Trotz Or Bust

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals watches from the bench during the second period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 22, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals watches from the bench during the second period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 22, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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.

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