Barry Trotz is the best thing to happen to the New York Islanders since the dynasty years. I really don't think it's up for debate with how far he got this team in his first three years here.
Sure, there are the occasional head scratching moves, like every coach has, but more often than not he's been fairly spot on during his four years here with the team.
Over the last week or so, Barry Trotz has turned into a quote machine. First, we had this gem from him after the Islanders loss to Vancouver.
"Turnovers are like ex-wives, if you have too many, they cost you a lot." Put it on my tombstone. He's right though some of the biggest issues with this team is when they turn the puck over. That's not on the coach, that's on the players simply not being dumb with the puck.
He didn't stop there. In fact, after the Islanders 2-1 win over St. Louis, Barry Trotz had some thoughts on Oliver Wahlstrom.
Comparing the media (and fans too I'm sure) to McDonald's is laugh out loud funny. The narrative that Barry Trotz hates Oliver Wahlstrom was always silly to me. He's taken this approach with every young guy on the team, and it seems like it worked wonders on Noah Dobson.
I believe Trotz when he says he thinks Wahlstrom is going to be good. I agree, I think he can be a top line RW for the Islanders. He's very clearly not there yet though, he's far too inconsistent.
I trust that Barry Trotz, the Stanley Cup champion, two-time Jack Adams award winner, and third all-time in wins probably has an idea for what he's doing.
Keep letting them rip, Barry. In a lost season, this will absolutely get me through the rest of the way.