Flyers consider Barry Trotz ‘top pick’ to be next HC

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According to Anthony SanFilippo of crossingbroad.com, former New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz is the Philadelphia Flyers’ “first choice” to be their next head coach.

The Flyers will interview Trotz on Friday.

“Sources have indicated that Trotz is the Flyers’ first choice to be their next coach,” SanFilippo wrote. “To steal a sentence from Phillies managing partner John Middleton, they’re willing to throw stupid money at Trotz to sign here.”

The Flyers are looking for a head coach after deciding to part ways with interim head coach Mike Yeo. Yeo took over after the dismissal of Alain Vigneault in December. He finished the season with a 25-46-11 record, finishing last in the Metropolitan Division.

After four seasons with the organization, the Islanders decided to fire Trotz earlier this month. The Islanders posted a 37-35-10 record, finishing fifth in the Metropolitan Division.

Trotz was hired by the Islanders ahead of the 2018-19 season. New York has reached the playoffs in three of four seasons with Trotz at the helm.

The Islanders compiled a record of 152-102-34 under Trotz, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2020.

Trotz, 59, coached the Islanders, Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators during his 23-year NHL coaching career.

The two-time Jack Adams Prize winner is third all time in NHL coaching wins with 914, behind Joel Quenneville (969) and Scotty Bowman (1,244).

Trotz has a career record of 914-670-168 in 1,812 games coached in the NHL.

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