After an ugly 0-3-1 road trip, the Islanders relieved 2nd year head coach Lane Lambert of his duties this afternoon. Lambert was 61-46-20 through his first two seasons as the Isles bench boss, including a quick postseason appearance a year ago, but with the Isles team statistics towards the bottom of the league in many categories, Lou Lamoriello fired Lane Lambert today, rightfully so.
As his replacement, the Islanders have hired Patrick Roy.
Yes, you read that right.
The Hockey Hall of Famer and former Cup winning goaltender turned coach will assume the duties behind the New York Islanders bench. Roy coached in Colorado from 2013-2016 and won NHL Coach of the Year during the 2013-2014 season.
Roy would then go on to coach and manage the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL over the last 5 seasons, including the league championship in 2022-23.
The firing of Lambert is not a shock by any means, but the hiring of Roy is indeed one.
The Isles host the Dallas Stars tomorrow night at home with Patrick Roy behind the bench.