Barry Trotz: New York Islanders fire head coach after four seasons

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The Islanders missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season after finishing with a 37-35-10 record.

“It would be a huge understatement to say it wasn’t an easy decision to make,” Lamoriello said in a statement to NHL.com.

“Unfortunately it is my role to make the best decisions for the future of the organization and I believe this group of players needs a new voice and that is in no way a negative thing for Barry. Trotz, who, as all of you know, is a wonderful human being.”

The Islanders qualified for the playoffs in Trotz’s first three seasons. The Islands advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2020 and 2021, but fell short both times to eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

In four years with New York, the 59-year-old had a regular season record of 152-102-34 and went 28-21 in the playoffs. Trotz won the Jack Adams Award for the NHL’s top coach in his first season.

Prior to joining the Islanders, Trotz led the Washington Capitals to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup after the 2017-18 season. He guided Washington to back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies – awarded to the team with the most points – after the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

In 23 seasons with the Islanders, Capitals and Nashville Predators, Trotz compiled a record of 914-670-60-168 as a head coach. He is third all-time in wins behind Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Joel Quenneville (969).

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