Barry Trotz finds a new job within a week after resigning from a championship year with the Washington Capitals. Trotz was looking for a five year deal for more than four million a year.
Trotz was unable to get a five year extension with Washington because of the way his contract was originally set up promising a two-year extension with a two million dollar raise from his 1.5 million a year deal. Trotz wanted to make at least five million a year with a five year deal that the Capitals were unable to achieve. The Islanders were able to sign Trotz to five years worth four million a year.
Trotz felt he should’ve been one of the highest paid coaches in the league along with Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock who makes six million a year. The Capitals were only able to offer him three million a year with a two year extension.
Trotz will now coach a dumpster fire of a team with the New York Islanders who potentially could be losing their franchise player in John Tavares who’s a free agent, and most likely to sign with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Islanders players have complained since moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York about ice conditions due to the fact the Barclays Center was built for NBA basketball not pro hockey.
Islander players since moving to the Barclays Center have also complained about the travel distance from the Islanders practice facility to the Barclays Center since the Islanders practice arena is located across the street from their old arena located in Long Island. Islander players are known to get hotels before home games, and is the main reason why players request trades and leave the team recently.
The Capitals are now the only NHL team with a vacant head coaching job. Most likely candidates for the job are current assistant coach Todd Reirden, former Pittsburgh Penguin and Buffalo Sabers coach Dan Bylsma and former New York Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault.
All I have to say is best of luck with the Islanders, and thank you for everything you did to help the Capitals win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. You got the contract you deserved.