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Lane Lambert Named Head Coach Of The New York Islanders

added 11:53am, NYI release is below.

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Coaching Style Will Matter To Lou Lamoriello

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

No, of course Lou Lamoriello did not seek his players’ permission to dismiss Barry Trotz, are you kidding me?

But you also couldn’t be more naive if you believe that feedback elicited during the players’ exit meetings did not influence the Islanders’ supreme hockey leader’s decision to cut ties with the coach who had brought the franchise its greatest run of success since the Dynasty.

Those meetings, according to sources with knowledge of the events, did not include the threat of mutiny. But we are told that enough players — and ones who mattered — expressed frustration over the team’s single-dimensional, safety-first, safety-last, grinding approach to the 82-game marathon in this era in which high-end skilled athletes dominate the regular season.

Chances are that these conversations ratified Lamoriello’s independent, eye-test analysis rather than opening his eyes to fissures that might have developed during this longest season.

When it comes to Lamoriello and coaches, it is never about what has been accomplished in the past. It is always about whether Lamoriello believes he has a coach who can take his team to the next level. The next level always means the Stanley Cup.

Even though Trotz has already won one Cup, with Washington in 2018, that mattered about as much as it did to Lamoriello when he fired Larry Robinson in New Jersey a year and a half after winning the 2000 Cup.


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Coaching Candidates For the New York Islanders

Dan Rosen of NHL.com answers some fan mai.  The first question is coaching candidates for the Islanders...

You bring up Lambert. He's been an associate under Trotz the past three seasons. His voice wouldn't be new because the players know him well, but Lambert has also been long considered a future NHL coach. Maybe Lamoriello and the Islanders would feel his voice is new enough because it would be coming from Lambert the coach instead of Lambert the associate. The role matters. My speculation is that Lambert is a candidate. I hesitate to call him a favorite at this point because we just don't know.

Lamoriello worked with Mike Babcock when they were with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lamoriello was named the Maple Leafs general manager on July 23, 2015, more than two months after Babcock was hired as coach (May 10, 2015). Babcock hasn't coached in the NHL since getting fired by Toronto on Nov. 20, 2019, 18 months after Lamoriello left the Maple Leafs and came to the Islanders. But he raves about Lamoriello and the relationship they had in Toronto and still have. Again, pure speculation, but Babcock is likely a candidate.

more and other questions too...

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Lou Lamoriello Needs To Get It Right

from Neil Best of Newsday,

The Islanders’ president made another one on Monday, an even bigger one than the last.

By parting ways with coach Barry Trotz, saying the team “needs a new voice,” Lamoriello further put himself on the line as the better-be-right decision-maker for a core group whose last hurrah could well be the 2022-23 season.

Not that Lamoriello is intimidated or even concerned by such things. The guy has won three Stanley Cups, will turn 80 shortly after next season begins and has the self-confidence of a piranha.

But Lamoriello has put himself in the spotlight as he ponders what might be his last coaching hire, in hopes said coach can lead what might be his last Cup contender to the finish line.

It’s a lot. But to Lamoriello’s credit, he took full responsibility for the move in a conference call with reporters, saying he told no one about it other than ownership. He scoffed at the notion that he consulted with players.

“I would never even consider thinking of anything like that,” he said. “This decision is on the knowledge that I have of the experiences I’ve had and also going forward as far as what I think and feel is best for this group to have success.”

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Barry Trotz Fired

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Video- Zdeno Chara May Have Played His Last Game

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

In possibly the last game of his storied NHL career, New York Islanders defenceman Zdeno Chara scores in the final minute against the Tampa Bay Lightning, then gets handshakes from his Tampa opponents after the game.


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Video- The New York Islanders Pay Tribute To Mike Bossy

7 1/2 minutes to watch.


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Video- Mathew Barzal Fined For Unsportsmanlike Conduct

NEW YORK (April 18, 2022) – New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has been fined $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct during NHL Game No. 723 in Toronto on Sunday, April 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:48 of the third period.

Watch the incident below.

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32 Thoughts Tonight And Bryan Trottier On Mike Bossy

Sportsnet has removed the ability to share a link via social media (which is a head scratcher) and the ability to embed a video.

Some digging is needed to get the direct link so at least I can direct you to these videos.

On this edition of 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discuss the independent report on the NHLPA's investigation into the Kyle Beach situation, Bo Horvat's injury, the details emerging around the PWHPA and a new women's league, and more.

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Bryan Trottier joins Ron MacLean on Hockey Night in Canada to discuss his 'one of a kind' friendship with Mike Bossy.

Watch at Sportsnet

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A Pure Goal Scorer

He saw the game and life through a different prism, he's the only player to have nine-consecutive 50-goal seasons and he's one of five players to score 50 in 50 games, Mike Bossy was one of hockey's greatest pure scorers. Michael Farber has more on his incredible legacy.

Watch at TSN

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