When Barry Trotz coached the New York Islanders to a 2-1 overtime win over the Washington Capitals on Sunday, he matched Jack Capuano for second all-time in franchise playoff wins for a coach. This is Trotz’s second season behind the bench for the Islanders.
What that highlights is two-fold: One, just how much the Islanders have struggled since the days of Al Arbour. Two, and more importantly, just what Trotz has brought to the Islanders organization.
The arrival of Barry Trotz, and general manager Lou Lamoriello, have changed the culture of the New York Islanders and transformed the franchise into a consistent playoff contender.