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Who had the New York Islanders relieving Barry Trotz of his duties as head coach on their offseason bingo card? What led to the decision? Who is general manager Lou Lamoriello eying as Trotz’s replacement?

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

On The Island

On Monday, New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello relieved head coach Barry Trotz of his duties. This was not a move that many saw coming after what was a difficult year for everyone in the New York Islanders organization, but the decision was made. Lamoriello addressed the media shortly after the information was shared by the team. (NYI Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders firing of head coach Barry Trotz Monday morning sent a shock through the fanbase. What’s next for Trotz? Who will take over behind the Islanders bench? Here’s the latest intel. (NYI Hockey Now)

It took one season, one hectic season, for New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello to part ways with his head coach Barry Trotz, stating to the media that the team needed a “new voice”. He also made a statement about the players on the roster. (NYI Hockey Now)

NYI Hockey Now beat writer Stefen Rosner joined Fordham’s Five on Three podcast Monday to discuss the decision by New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello to relieve Barry Trotz of his duties as head coach and potential options. (NYI HockeY Now)

Because It’s the Cup

The Pittsburgh Penguins moved one game closer to eliminating the New York Rangers as they won Game 4 by a score of 7-2 to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. New York Rangers netminder Igor Shesterkin was pulled for the second consecutive start. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

If Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo’s goal is to become one of the most hated sports villains in recent Boston Bruins and Bostons sports history, he’s doing a great job. He made some underlying comments about Boston Bruins fans following Monday’s practice. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers were down to desperation time late in Game 4 on Monday night, coach Andrew Brunette pulling goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and leaving the net open with more than three minutes remaining. Trailing by a goal, the Panthers could not afford to lose this game and come home on the brink of elimination, writes George Richards. So Florida battled back to tie the contest late in the third before winning Game 4 in overtime to even up the series against the Washington Capitals at 2-2. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Washington Capitals waited on the bench as the Florida Panthers flooded the ice at Capital One Arena after Carter Verhaeghe’s overtime winner, hoping a review for goaltender interference would go their way and preserve their chance of eking out a win and taking a 3-1 series lead to Sunrise. However, things didn’t go according to plan, and it led to the series turning into a best-of-three writes Sammi Silber. (Washington Hockey Now)

Just like last year, to this point. A Western Conference title and a sweep of a division rival in the first round, followed by a nearly a week off. What will be different for the Avs this time will be its second-round opponent. It won’t be the Vegas LTIR Golden Knights. It’ll be either the Minnesota Wild or St. Louis Blues, with Game 1 either Saturday or Monday (well, it’s not official yet on either date, but that’s the high likelihood) writes Adrian Dater. (Colorado Hockey Now)

He took a licking, but Johnny Gaudreau kept on ticking. The Calgary Flames star overcame an early shot to the head to score the biggest goal of his NHL career on a penalty shot in the third period writes Steve MacFarlane. That goal gave the Flames a 2-0 lead, before ulitmately winning by a score of 4-1. (Calgary Hockey Now)

More From National Hockey Now

Barry Trotz’s pain may turn into the Philadelphia Flyers’ gain. Trotz, one of the most successful coaches in NHL history, was stunningly fired Monday by the New York Islanders. And guess which team is in the market for a coach who can revitalize a sorry-looking franchise? Yep, your Philadelphia Flyers writes Sam Carchidi. (Philly Hockey Now)

With the NHL Draft Lottery coming, Montreal Hockey Now prepared a full simulation of the Lottery and broke down how the first 16 picks could go down on July 7th. (Montreal Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders firing of head coach Barry Trotz may have major implications for the Vegas Golden Knights given their current coaching situation. After a similar underachieving and non-playoff season, the Golden Knights stated on May 3rd that they would meet with head coach Peter DeBoer in one week to discuss his future with the team. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Gee, lots of folks out there including those who wouldn’t really know a puck from a flying saucer think it would have been cool to have the Vancouver Canucks or whoever else may have finished 9th in the NHL’s Western Conference to earn a play-in best-of-three or single game against the 8th seed. Or maybe it’s the nine vs. ten (Vancouver this season) with the top seed and second seed getting a bye writes Rob Simpson. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

Could Erik Karlsson or Brent Burns be on the trade block? Elliotte Friedman reported on Sportsnet yesterday that the San Jose Sharks had “preliminary trade talks” centered around Karlsson early in the season. Also, they’re open to breaking up the Karlsson-Burns defensive duo if the right offer comes along. (San Jose Hockey Now)

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