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Lane Lambert Named Head Coach Of The New York Islanders

added 11:53am, NYI release is below.

The New York Islanders announced today that Lane Lambert has been named Head Coach. 

"I had the opportunity to work with Lane over the past four years, which includes spending time with him on a one-on-one basis when he served as the interim Head Coach this past season," Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said. "In my opinion, he is the right person to coach this team."

Lambert had served as the Associate Coach of the Islanders for the past four seasons. Prior to his time with the Islanders, Lambert spent four seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Washington Capitals. During that period, Washington won the franchise's first Stanley Cup Championship (2017-18). The Melfort, Saskatchewan native spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Nashville Predators from the 2011-12 season through the 2013-14 season. Lambert served as Head Coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2007-11 and helped the Admirals capture a pair of West Division titles (2008-09 and 2010-11). Prior to joining the Admirals as an Assistant Coach in 2006-07, Lambert spent one season as an Assistant Coach for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate. Lambert started his coaching career in the Western Hockey League, spending two seasons as Head Coach of the Prince George Cougars (2003-05).

Lambert was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (25th overall) of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 124 points (58 goals, 66 assists) and accumulated 521 penalty minutes in 283 career NHL games from 1983-1989 with Detroit, the New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques. Lambert enjoyed his most successful NHL campaign with the Nordiques in 1987-88, recording career-highs in points (41) and assists (28) in 61 contests. Lambert won an AHL Calder Cup title with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1986 and helped the Houston Aeros claim the IHL's Turner Cup Championship in 1999.

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Hootinani's avatar

I figured that was the route they were going.  Only real reason to boot Trotz.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/16/22 at 11:48 AM ET



Posted by exor54 on 05/16/22 at 12:00 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

This news is going over fairly well with the Isles Faithful. 

My group of Season Tix Holders (STH) to a person is happy with this decision ( not the decision to fire Trotz, but with that done - to get Lane Lambert) 

Many of the STH are even more hopeful we retain the goalie coaching staff.  That is my opinion as well.

Get to work Lou!

I would highly recommend Barry to the Red Wings - why not cut off 100 goals against next year as a starting point?  smile

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 05/16/22 at 12:58 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I would highly recommend Barry to the Red Wings - why not cut off 100 goals against next year as a starting point?  smile

I think that’s what the Red Wings need, but does Trotz want to go to a rebuilding team? confused

Posted by bigfrog on 05/16/22 at 07:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

If Trotz is the Wings coach, just how much will we tolerate it as Wings fans that he’s leaning more on vets instead of letting the likes of Edvinsson develop like Seider and Raymond?  I am not optimistic that he will let rookies, much less young vets like Larkin and Bertuzzi, be allowed to grow into their mistakes.  Doesn’t mean I’d like a Blash 2.0 (dear gord, absolutely not).  Just don’t feel that Trotz is the right man at this time.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/16/22 at 09:57 PM ET

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