While the Washington Capitals see their Stanley Cup banner climb the rafters, Barry Trotz will be fresh from a plane in North Carolina, preparing for his first game of the season.
Trotz guided the capitals to their first title last season and by winning, triggered an automatic contract extension far below the current market value for the best NHL coaches. He resigned less than a week after the parade, joined the islanders of New York and brings with him almost two decades of experience as an NHL coach along with the Cup ring.
"Everything that has happened and its success, it's going to be perfect for us, "said Islanders pitcher Anders Lee. "There are many guys in our team who are going to be able to learn from him and his experiences, and he can give us a better team."
The islanders are one of six teams with a new coach this season. The city's Rangers went on the college route by hiring David Quinn from Boston University, while Dallas Stars hired Jim Montgomery from the University of Denver. The Carolina Hurricanes promoted assistant Rod Brind & Amour to replace Bill Peters when he left for Calgary and Capitals made the obvious choice of raising associate coach Todd Reirden to replace Trotz.
When Trotz begins what he and the general manager The hope of Lou Lamoriello is a change of organizational culture with the islanders, Reirden has assumed control of a team that knows well for four years as an assistant. Familiarity is Reirden's greatest asset as he becomes the fourth coach to take charge of a defending Cup champion.
"This is probably the smoothest transition of any trainer change I've heard", the extreme right of capitals TJ Oshie said. "Everyone respects Todd, he respects the way he trains, he respects how he treats people, what kind of Trotzy he is, they're going to miss him, but now he's on the other side."
Trotz has a great responsibility in changing culture Capitals, button the structure and promote the right habits for success. New York does not have the talent its former Washington teams had, especially after captain John Tavares stopped signing with Toronto, but the islanders will prove how Trotz makes teams perform better than they look on paper.
"When you say that culture changes, it's just a way of doing things," said Trotz. "It may be the way we present ourselves, the way we react, the way we respond to adversity and all those things."
Trotz could easily return to his 15-year training style in Nashville, when he supervised a team that was short on high-level skills but long on hard work and fundamentals. It worked there, since Trotz took the Predators to the playoffs seven times. He made four postseason appearances in six seasons with The Capitals.
While Trotz's goal is to get the islanders back to the playoffs as soon as possible, Quinn's job with the Rangers is much more about teaching and development. New York still has star goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist and some veterans, but he is in the middle of a youth movement for Quinn.
"(He is) communicative, disarming, attentive and accessible," said Rangers forward Chris Kreider. "I think it's the ideal pedigree you want in a coach."
Although Quinn, Montgomery, Reirden and Brind & Amour have a combined zero-game NHL head coach experience, they did not stop the teams. to engage with them in a league always looking for the next big idea. Quinn and Montgomery follow Dave Hakstol from Philadelphia from the NCAA to the NHL, something that had not been done for decades until this new mini-wave.