Islanders hire Barry Trotz as head coach

Chris Lingebach
June 21, 2018 - 12:52 pm

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There was one head coaching vacancy in the NHL when Barry Trotz decided to walk away from the Washington Capitals.

On Wednesday, the Islanders announced that Trotz has taken the position.

Reports began surfacing hours earlier indicating the Islanders were closing in on a deal with the former Capitals head coach.

Eleven days after winning the Stanley Cup, Trotz and the Capitals had reached an impasse over length of term and salary in negotiations for a new contract.

Trotz had been making $1.5 million per year over his four seasons in Washington, and a reported kicker in his contract – for winning the Stanley Cup – triggered a $300,000 annual bonus along with a two-year extension, an additional $600,000 in total.

But Trotz wanted to be paid more like the league's top coaches, and reportedly sought $25 million over five years, a figure the Caps deemed too rich to retain their championship-caliber coach, so he walked.

Islanders team president Lou Lamoriello appeared willing to meet Trotz closer to his request, as he was reportedly ready to offer upwards of $4 million annually over five years. So Trotz stands to earn at least $2.2 million more in annual salary over what the Caps were willing to pay, and over a longer term.

Amid their coaching search, the Isles are making a hard push to resign center John Tavares, which would greatly improve Trotz's chances for success.

In the end, the Isles appear willing to offer Trotz at least $16.4 million more than the Caps.

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