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Barry Trotz appears confident he’ll begin his first season as head coach of the New York Islanders with their franchise player leading the attack.

Asked about the John Tavares situation on a conference call, Trotz said he had a “great conversation” with the All-Star and believes his negotiations with the organization are in “great hands” with new president and GM Lou Lamoriello, according to Andrew Gross of Newsday.

Since last July 1, there has been rampant speculation on whether Tavares will hit the free-agent market or re-up with the Islanders on a long-term extension. It’s still unclear which side he’s leaning toward, but by hiring Lamoriello and Trotz, it’s clear the Isles are doing everything they can to keep the 2009 No. 1 pick in orange and blue.

“I think what I know of Lou, what I know of John … I felt strongly that once Lou gets with John … Lou’s going to execute a plan, a long-term plan that will be very successful so we can chase the Stanley Cup and win a Stanley Cup,” Trotz added.

Teams can begin negotiating with Tavares on June 25, while the free-agency window officially opens July 1.

In 82 games in 2017-18, he has registered 37 goals and 47 assists

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Barry Trotz was named head coach of the New York Islanders on Thursday, two weeks after helping the Washington Capitals win the team’s first Stanley Cup.

“Barry brings to the New York Islanders franchise a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience, and success,” Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a release. “He is and has been one of the top coaches in the National Hockey League. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with him.”

The deal is believed to be for five years with an annual average of at least $4 million, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. In terms of annual earnings, that would put Trotz just below Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien, who reportedly makes $5 million, and above the Edmonton Oilers‘ Todd McLellan, who reportedly makes $3 million, according to Cap Friendly.

Trotz resigned from his position with the Capitals on Monday after the two sides failed to come to terms on a contract extension. His signing with the Islanders means Washington is the only team officially without a head coach.

He’s coming off his fourth year with the Capitals, in which they collected a third straight Metropolitan Division title and the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

John Tavares is focused on an extension with the New York Islanders and has been having daily discussions with the club, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

A deal between Tavares – who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 – and the Islanders could reportedly happen quickly. However, if contracts talks stall, he will have the opportunity to consider options during his interview period, Dreger adds.

Over the last few weeks, general manager Lou Lamoriello has been meeting with Tavares and has outlined his vision for the Islanders’ future, according to Dreger.

There will certainly be no shortage of teams throwing their name in the ring to try and sign Tavares if he does indeed hit the open market. The advantage the Islanders have is that they can offer him an eight-year extension, whereas outside clubs can only offer as much as a seven-year contract.

Tavares is coming off a six-year, $33-million deal and is in line for a raise that is likely to be in the $10 million annually range. This past season was his second-most productive in terms of offense, which saw the 27-year-old post 37 goals and 84 points in 82 games.

The Washington Capitals are preparing to explore the trade market and gauge interest in backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Grubauer would like to be a No. 1 goalie, and Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan will look for a trade partner to help make that happen, he said at the team’s locker clean out Wednesday, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post.

With few high-end goalies set to become free agents, there should be no shortage of demand for the German netminder. In fact, both the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes have reportedly shown interest.

The 26-year-old posted a 15-10-3 record with a 2.35 goals-against average and .923 save percentage this season. In 101 career games, he’s put up a 2.29 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

The New York Islanders‘ firing of Garth Snow and Doug Weight shouldn’t impede their attempts to re-sign John Tavares.

On Monday, the team announced that Snow and Weight were relieved of their duties and that president of hockey operations, Lou Lamoriello, will assume the role as general manager. Following the announcement, Lamoriello noted that the club’s attempt to re-sign its captain did not factor into the personnel changes.

“That certainly has not and did not enter into any of the decisions that were made,” Lamoriello said, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Tavares will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Last month it was reported that Lamoriello had met with Tavares on behalf of the Islanders ahead of officially joining the team as president of hockey ops.

Tavares has spent his entire nine-year career with the Islanders since being picked first overall in 2009, where he’s tallied 272 goals and 621 points in 669 games.

Lou Lamoriello is officially heading back to the Tri-State Area.

The former Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils general manager was named the New York Islanders‘ president of hockey operations Tuesday.

Lamoriello will have full authority over all hockey matters with the organization.

The Leafs revealed back on April 30 that the 75-year-old was leaving the club after serving as its GM for the last three seasons. Kyle Dubas was promoted to that role less than two weeks later.

Tuesday’s move was first reported by The Athletic’s Arthur Staple on Monday. Staple also reported that Lamoriello met with Islanders captain and pending unrestricted free agent John Tavares before officially assuming his new position.

Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello will join the New York Islanders to run their hockey operations, according to Arthur Staple of The Athletic.

There’s been speculation he would join the Islanders since the Maple Leafs announced on April 30 that Lamoriello would be leaving the team.

Lamoriello is expected to officially join the Islanders’ front office in next few days.

The 75-year-old had been with the Maple Leafs the past three seasons and was instrumental in constructing the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last two years, and most recently set franchise records in points and wins in a campaign.