New Yorkers shoot Barry Trotz after 4 seasons

What have you done for me lately?

That’s the message New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamorillo appears to be conveying with news on Monday that the club has parted ways with coach Barry Trotz after four seasons.

Although the islanders missed the playoffs for the first time under Trotz in the 2021-22 season, the announcement was a shocker.

The club went into an early hole as they forced to open their season on a record-breaking 13-game road trip while their new stadium in Elmont, New York was completed, then they needed some time to adjust to the UBS Arena. They didn’t score their first home win until December 11, nearly two months into the season. By then, their record 7-11-5 in 23 games had them knocked out four points from the Eastern Conference basement, and 10 points from the playoff playoff zone.

Once they fixed the ship, the islanders went 30-24-5 the rest of the way. That would have been a 90-point pace over the course of an entire season—still not enough to qualify for the playoffs in a year where the Eastern Conference was split sharply and all eight post-season contenders finished with at least 100 points.

When Trotz took charge of the Islanders in 2018, the franchise was reeling from the loss of Captain John Tavares as an unrestricted free agent, still searching for a long-term home as Barclays Center in Brooklyn became increasingly untenable.

The club has also been exiting two seasons out of the post-season picture, winning only one playoff series since going to the Eastern Conference Final in 1993.

Under Trotz, the Islanders went to 152-102-34 in the regular season and made the playoffs three times. In 2019, Pittsburgh was swept up by the Penguins before they were swept away by the Carolina hurricanes. Thereafter, they reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2020 and 2021, losing both times to eventual Stanley Cup champions, Tampa Bay Lightning.

However, Lamoreello said Monday that “that decision has not been made in the first place this season,” according to ESPN’s Greg Wishinsky.

“I would like to thank Barry for everything he has done for the organization over the past four years. Lamoreello said it would be a huge understatement to say this was not an easy decision. This is a business decision in terms of hockey and winning.

Adding that he is looking for a “new voice,” Lamoreello said, “What we have to do is improve our younger players and complete a year for some of our veterans more than we did this year.”

According to CapFri Friendly, the islanders are currently moving into next season with 18 player signings and $12 million in cap space. Some work will have to be done on the Blue Line. Adam Bellick, Ryan Bullock and Scott Mayfield are under contract for next season, and Noah Dobson is a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights. Graybeards Zdeno Chara, 45, and Andy Greene, 39, are close to unrestricted free agency and could retire, and 26-year-old Blueliner Sebastian Aho – not to be confused with the Carolina Hurricanes – could also become Blueliner Unrestricted free proxy.

Trotz, 59, coached a total of 1,812 NHL games over his 23 seasons with the Islanders, Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators — the second-most of all time behind Scotty Bowman. With a record of 914-670-168, with 60 draws, it is his third win behind Bowman and Joel Quinville.

Trotz is also a two-time winner of the Jack Adams Award, presented by the NHL Broadcasters Association to “the NHL coach who has been judged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.” He won his first season with the Islanders in 2018-19 and with the Capitals in 2015-16.

Lamurillo hired Trotz to join the islanders just two weeks after taking home the Stanley Cup in 2018, with capitals reluctant to meet the asking price and eager to promote assistant coach Todd Redin to the top position. Washington also moved quickly to secure Trotz’s services when his long tenure with Nashville expired in 2014.

to me Pierre Lebrun from TSNTrotz has one year left on his contract with the Islanders, at $4 million. The salaries of NHL coaches are not widely announced, but some numbers are in the public domain. Mike Babcock’s eight-year, $50 million deal signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015 was a milestone that has yet to be matched.

If Trotz decides to stay in training, he will have no shortage of suitors this time either. The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings have vacancies. The Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks have both said they will conduct an internship search but their current temporary incumbents, Dave Lowry and Derek King, respectively, are welcome to apply for the jobs. Other teams may be looking at making changes, especially now that a coach of Trotz’s ancestry and reputation is available.

That is, if Trotz wants to stay behind the bench. Like Darren Dreger from TSN He tweeted, “Clubs that have coaching positions vacant or are considering a change will have a high profile on their radar. However, some believe Trotz also has an interest in jumping into a managerial role. What is certain is that he will have options to consider.”

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