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Faith In Barry Trotz

from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,

Heading for the playoffs in his first season behind the Islanders’ bench, Coach Barry Trotz has found chemistry with Long Island, his presence undoubtedly a tonic for players and the team’s fervent fan base.

Trotz speaks of being recognized when running errands, often greeted with high-fives and photo requests. He mentions visiting a local Home Depot, where an enthusiastic fan shopping with her daughters recognized him and was so enthralled that she spontaneously hugged him.

“You talk about special people. Joining the Islander family and living on the Island has been special,” said Trotz, 56, a father of four in his 20th season as an N.H.L. coach. “You want to build a foundation, establish a culture that’s not a one-year thing. You want a certain standard.”

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You have to wonder how many teams are kicking themselves for not going after Trotz when he became available last year.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/08/19 at 09:44 AM ET

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I can only think of one Paul, only one…
At least one that should be.

Posted by Ventr on 04/08/19 at 12:49 PM ET

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Funny how Trotz could never win the Jack Adams award all those years in Nashville and now it looks like he’ll get back to back awards.

Honestly I think he’s the best coach at getting the most out of his players. It’s relatively easy for a coach to get decent performances out of stacked teams. The true measure of a good coach is one who takes a middle of the pack roster (or worst) and makes them into a playoff threat.

Posted by evileye on 04/09/19 at 12:15 PM ET

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