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New York Islanders: Lane Lambert To Interview For Ducks Coach

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: (l-r) Lane Lambert, Barry Trotz and Scott Gomez of the New York Islanders leave the ice following a win against the St. Louis Blues at the Barclays Center on January 15, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Blues 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: (l-r) Lane Lambert, Barry Trotz and Scott Gomez of the New York Islanders leave the ice following a win against the St. Louis Blues at the Barclays Center on January 15, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Blues 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders associate coach, Lane Lambert, who is Barry Trotz’s right-hand man, is interviewing for the Anaheim Ducks job.

It’s that time of year again. Since the New York Islanders are done playing hockey, the offseason has already started. It appears that there’s a chance the Islanders lose their associate coach, Lane Lambert.

Lambert is interviewing for the vacant coaching position in Anaheim. Lane Lambert has been Barry Trotz’s right-hand man for a long time now, as the pair has been together since 2011.

When the head coach that you’re paired with has continued success that is what tends to happen. It’s almost like the Bill Belichick coaching tree in football. His assistants always get head coaching jobs because they paired themselves with one of the best coaches to ever do it.

Sometimes it works out going with a coaching legend’s disciple, other times not so much. Each candidate is different, but Lambert certainly has the resume to get a crack at a head coaching position.

Lambert has been given credit for getting a career year out of Evgeny Kuznetsov while also developing Tom Wilson into a more complete player. He’s also done work with teams penalty kills and has been pretty successful with that as well.

During his time in Washington, the Capitals penalty kill was 82.6 percent. While it would be tough to see Lambert leave the Islanders, you can’t deny that he deserves a crack at becoming an NHL Head Coach. Barry Trotz is capable of finding a new right-hand man, hopefully not Scott Gomez.

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