Islanders hire Barry Trotz as head coach

Two weeks after he won the Stanley Cup and three days following his resignation, former Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz was named head coach of the New York Islanders.

Lou Lamoriello, the Islanders’ president of hockey operations, announced the hiring Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

Trotz, who resigned as Capitals coach on Monday, will reportedly receive a five-year deal worth double what the Capitals were offering annually on a shorter deal.

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He led the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup earlier this month, beating the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in five games.

The 55-year-old coach went into this past season with only one year left on his contract after Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan opted not to offer him a contract extension.

He led the Capitals to the playoffs in all four of his seasons with the team, including winning the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL team with the best record in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Trotz compiled a record of 205-89-34 with the Capitals. He previously coached the Nashville Predators for 15 seasons from 1998 through 2014.

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