The Islanders need a new head coach, and Barry Trotz -- who just led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup -- has resigned.
"Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals," the team said in a statement. "We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise."
The Capitals tried to work out a new extension with Trotz, whose automatic two-year extension for winning the Cup was below market value, explained Elliotte Friedman of TSN. Trotz's extension would have been worth $1.8 million per season, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN.
According to Friedman, Trotz is now a free agent, and the Capitals will grant permission for interested teams to talk to him.
Islanders president and GM Lou Lamoriello is eager to fill their vacant head coach position in the near-term.
The 55-year-old Trotz had been the head coach of the Capitals since the 2014-15 season, leading them to the playoffs each season.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Trotz was head coach of the Predators from 1998 to 2014, with the team reaching the playoffs seven times during that span.