The Islanders have been one of the most underwhelming teams in the NHL this season and Barrydios has paid the price with an unexpected purpose.
Lou Lamoriello, president and general manager of the Islanders, sacked Monday as manager after the team failed to make it to the playoffs, saying it was time for a “new voice”.
“It would be a huge understatement to say this was not an easy decision to make,” Lamoriello said in a conference call with reporters. “This is a corporate decision when it comes to hockey and winning.”
Lamoriello has made 21 manager changes since he was appointed general manager of the Devils in 1987 and hasn’t hesitated to swap one big name manager for another. He didn’t want to say what his plans were for a new leader behind the bench, but in explaining the surprising move, he made it clear that he wanted more from the current squad.
“What we need to do is get improvements from our younger players,” he said, “and a fuller year from some of our veterans than this year.”
Despite joining the Islanders in 2018, just months after leading the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup championship. In four years with the Islanders, he compiled a record of 152-102 wins and losses with playoff appearances in his first three seasons, including travel to the conference finals in 2020 and 2021.
anus turned on awesome ride In Game 7 of last year’s conference finals against future champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the islanders looked ready to take advantage of that performance and go even deeper. Instead, they endured a disastrous season that was full of obstacles from the start.
They opened with 13 away games as they awaited the completion of construction of their new home, the UBS Arena, and have only won five of those games. Then a persistent coronavirus outbreak sidelined key players for long periods.
On the ice, they never fully recovered from their slow start. They played better in the second half of the season, but they were around .500 for most of the year and finished 37-35-10 (84 points), a solid fifth in the Metropolitan Division.
In 23 NHL seasons as head coach, Defiance has won 914 regular season games, third behind Scotty Bowman with 1,244 and Joel Quenneville with 969. He has also won 83 playoff games and was named coach of the year twice, too. after his first season with the Islanders when the team was 48-27-7 before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the playoffs.
“I would like to thank Barry for everything he has done for the organization over the past four years,” Lamoriello said.