Islanders: Checking in on their coaches of the past decade
By Johnny Berman
Term with the Islanders: 2018 – Present
Record: 83-50-17 (.610)
Playoff appearances: One
After Lou cleaned house, he brought in Barry Trotz to be the next head coach of the Islanders. Fresh off a Stanley Cup championship with the Washington Capitals, Trotz immediately brought a winning mindset to the Island.
It’s hard to give enough praise to Trotz and the job he did coaching the Isles last season. Trotz’s Isles tallied 103 points, their most since the 1983-84 season. They advanced to the second round of the playoffs after a memorable first-round sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
For his efforts, Trotz was awarded the Jack Adams Award for the second time in his career.
This season, Trotz has had the Islanders in playoff position for most of the season. That is largely due to the franchise-record 17-game point streak which the Islanders achieved earlier in the year.
Recently, his Islanders have been sputtering and it is now to be determined if the Isles will make the playoffs this year. To be fair, it is also to be determined if there will even be NHL playoffs this year.
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Trotz has not even been the Islanders’ coach for two seasons, but he has already brought hope and success to the Island, two things which the team had been desperately lacking for much of the last decade.
Trotz also happens to have the highest points percentage among any coach in Isles history. Yes, he has only been coaching here for 150 games, but I think it is fair to say that the Islanders have finally found the coach that they were looking for.