from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,
The New York Islanders’ decision to fire Barry Trotz could alter the look of the Detroit Red Wings’ coaching search.
First, the Red Wings could be interested in a proven coach like Trotz. Second, one of the Islanders’ possible Trotz replacements is Lane Lambert. He is a plausible Detroit coaching candidate because he is a highly respected assistant coach. Also, Yzerman knows Lambert from their days together as Detroit Red Wings players. Lambert has been Trotz’s right-hand man.
Trotz’s dismissal comes as a shock. GM Lou Lamoriello said he believed the Islanders needed a new voice.
GM Steve Yzerman indicated he will be open-minded when it comes to choosing a replacement for Jeff Blashill. He’s not looking for a specific type of coach. However, one of the team’s priorities is improving the team’s defensive ability. Last season, the Red Wings ranked last in dangerous scoring chances given up. They were second-to-last in with a 3.78 goals-against average.