New York Islanders fire coach Barry Trotz after missing playoffs

The New York Islanders fired coach Barry Trotz on Monday, team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced.

The Islanders missed the playoffs after finishing 37-35-10. Trotz had one year left on his five-year contract.

Trotz coached the Islanders to playoff appearances in each of his first three years with them, reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2020 and 2021 before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

A series of events outside Trotz’s control contributed to the Islanders missing the playoffs this year. While their new arena was being finished, they opened the season on a 13-game road trip and were hit with a string of coronavirus-related absences and injuries that derailed their season.

In four seasons as the team’s coach, Trotz was 152-102-34 and 28-21 in the playoffs.

Trotz, 59, joined the Islanders in 2017 after helping the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup the previous season. The Capitals decided at the time not to rework Trotz’s contract despite the championship and granted him his release.

Barry Trotz won his second career Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year in his first season with the Islanders during the 2018-19 season. He also won the trophy in 2015-16 as head coach of the Capitals.

He coached the Nashville Predators for their first 15 seasons, helping them reach the playoffs seven times. His 914 regular-season wins rank third among coaches in NHL history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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