Barry Trotz — the biggest name and best resume on the NHL coaching market, as has been the case since the spring — had no interest in coaching the Vancouver Canucks.
Barry Trotz is considered by many to be the best coach not actively employed by an NHL team and the former Stanley Cup winner has some ideas on where he may end up next.
Trotz is calling from Dauphin, Manitoba where he grew up about four hours northwest of Winnipeg. “It’s basically been a five-month road trip…”.
Last night, Islanders coach, Barry Trotz passed a pretty impressive milestone. He won his 900th career game behind the bench as a coach. He is one of only three coaches to accomplish that task as he shares the company with Joel Quenneville and Scotty Bowman.
Jon Cooper named head coach, will work alongside Cassidy, DeBoer and Trotz
Barry Trotz is regarded as one of the finest coaches in the NHL. Some regret that the New York Rangers made David Quinn their head coach in 2018, instead of waiting and snatching up Trotz when he left the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.
When Barry Trotz’s Washington Capitals knocked out Jon Cooper’s Tampa Bay Lightning on the way to the Stanley Cup in 2018, the two coaches talked that summer about how it all went down.
There aren’t many coaches who have a profound understanding of their players, extensive knowledge of the game and an ability to implement a winning team culture wherever they go.
Barry Trotz has had plenty of time to grow as an NHL coach.
He became just the third coach in league history to reach 1,700 games as the Islanders continued a five-game homestand with a 2-1 shootout win against the Bruins on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Sunday’s 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum was the 175th regular season game behind the bench for Barry Trotz since he took over as Islanders Head Coach for the 2018-19 season. It also marked his 1,699th game as an NHL Head Coach in a career that has spanned 22 seasons.
Ken Hitchcock didn’t plan on sending a text or placing a congratulatory call to his good friend Barry Trotz. Of all the coaches on the all-time NHL coaching wins list, it’s fitting that Trotz passed Hitchcock on Monday with win No. 850.
Barry Trotz continues to add to his illustrious career.
The New York Islanders bench boss picked up win No. 850, passing Ken Hitchock and moving into third on the NHL’s all-time coaching wins list on Monday with the club’s 2-0 win over the New York Rangers.