New York Islanders Name Barry Trotz Their Head Coach

Barry Trotz. Photo by Del Mecum/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Just three days after resigning as coach of Washington Capitals, Barry Trotz found a new job. Trotz, who won Stanley Cup with the Capitals two weeks ago, was named the new head coach of New York Islanders. This move was expected since Islanders were the only NHL team without a coach and Trotz the best man available.The news was confirmed by Islanders’ President and general manager Lou Lamoriello.

According to ESPN, Trotz signed a five-year deal with the team and will earn double the amount he was offered by Capitals on a shorter period.

“Barry brings to the New York Islanders franchise a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience, and success,” – said Lamoriello. “He is and has been one of the top coaches in the National Hockey League. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with him.”

Lou Lamoriello was named New York Islanders president of hockey operations in late May 2019. One of his first moves was to fire head coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow, assuming the GM role himself.

Barry Trotz decided to resign as coach of Washington Capitals on June 18, after spending four years with the franchise and winning the 2018 Stanley Cup. Both Trotz and Capitals had mutual interest to continue their collaboration, but couldn’t agree on terms of a contract extension.