The New York Islanders announced today that Barry Trotz has been named Head Coach.

“Barry brings to the New York Islanders franchise a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience and success,” said Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “He is and has been one of the top coaches in the National Hockey League. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with him.”

Trotz, 55, enters his first season as the Islanders Head Coach after spending the last four with the Washington Capitals. During his tenure in Washington, he led the Capitals to two consecutive Presidents’ Trophies (2015-16 and 2016-17) and won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup (2017-18). He was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy (2015-16), given annually to the coach voted best in the league. Prior to joining the Capitals, Trotz spent the previous 15 seasons as Head Coach of the Nashville Predators. He ranks third all-time in NHL history in both games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise. (Islanders.com)

The Islanders are making a statement by hiring Trotz fresh off of his Stanley Cup victory. Why you may ask? It’s pretty simple to every islanders fan – John Tavares.

Tavares can elect to be a free agent on July 1st, but in an effort to sign the star long-term, the Islanders are showing they mean business. With the hiring of GM Lamoriello, who has won the Stanley Cup three times, the team is also looking for a permanent residence in Belmont Park in an effort to entice Tavares to keep on the blue and orange.

Though it’s been proven in the past that head coach changes are vital to a team’s success, Tavares will be the answer if they plan on making noise in the upcoming season.

Regardless, Long Island is jumping for joy today as the moves made by the beloved franchise keep impressing the Islander faithful in hopes of acquiring that elusive fifth Stanley Cup.