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Islanders Announce Barry Trotz As Next Head Coach

June 21, 2018 - 12:49 pm
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By WFAN.com

It's official.

Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello announced Thursday afternoon that the team has hired Barry Trotz as its next head coach.

"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."

Just days after leading the Washington Capitals to a Stanley Cup Championship, Trotz resigned as the Capitals' head coach after the two sides could not come to an agreement on a new contract extension. 

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Due to a special clause in his contract for winning the Stanley Cup, Trotz's two-year extension for a below market value $1.8 million per season was set to automatically kick in before he resigned Monday. 

While details of the contract have not yet been confirmed, word out of Dallas is that Trotz' deal with the Islanders is for five years and at least $4 million per season, Dreger reported early Thursday afternoon.

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In addition to winning the Stanely Cup, Trotz, 55, led Washington to the playoffs all four years he was there and won the Presidents' Trophy in 2016 and 2017. Trotz won the Jack Adams Award, given to the NHL's top coach, following the 2015-16 season.

Trotz previously spent 15 years as the head coach of the Nashville Predators, whom he led to the playoffs seven times and to the conference semifinals twice.

His career record is 762-568-60.