Is it a Whole New Ball Game for the Islanders?

By Patrick Hoffman

With the New York Islanders now talking to Barry Trotz about being their new head coach and the news that John tavares and the team are trying to hammer out a deal, it would certainly appear so.

Since Lou Lamoriello joined this franchise, they have all of a sudden started making right moves on the hockey side, something that former team general manager Garth Snow could not do. In fact, it could be said that the Islanders have not been able to make the right moves since Bill Torrey (RIP) was at the helm.

While nothing is set in stone with Trotz, hiring him would be absolutely huge for this team. He not only helped build the Nashville Predators into a consistent hockey club when he was the bench boss there, but he just won his first Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals.

Trotz knows how to win and he knows how to get the most out of his players. His tenure with the Capitals is a perfect example of this, because while it did take four seasons to accomplish the ultimate goal, his players stuck by him, believed in him, and ultimately delivered for him by winning hockey's Holy Grail.

When it comes to Tavares, it is obviously not clear whether or not he will re-sign with the Isles. There have been reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs are set to make their pitch to him as TSN's Bob McKenzie Tweeted the following:

With that said, however, there were earlier reports that said that JT was focused on signing an extension with the only team that he has been with and the franchise that drafted him. Last week, TSN's Darren Dreger said the following:

As I alluded to above, if this franchise can get both Trotz and Tavares on board, this team will be back on the hockey map. These moves would change everything and would show the rest of the hockey world that they mean business.

Again, there are still a few questions that this franchise needs to answer, but for right now at least, things are exciting and appear to be moving in a positive direction.

Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for Sportsnet.caKukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

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