Barry Trotz to take over as coach of the Islanders

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Barry Trotz’s unemployment lasted fewer than 72 hours as he has become the coach of the New York Islanders, the team announced Thursday.

Trotz resigned Monday over a contract squabble after leading the Washington Capitals to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. Trotz wanted to be paid like one of the league’s top coaches, but a modest two-year contract increase that kicked in after winning the Stanley Cup was not enough.

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Mike Babcock (Toronto Maple Leafs) makes $6.25 million per season as the league’s highest-paid coach; Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks) makes $6 million and Claude Julien (Montreal Canadiens) makes $5 million.

Sportsnet reported Trotz’s deal runs five years with an average annual salary of at least $4 million. Trotz earned $1.5 million per year under his…

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