Islanders enter season with Cup hopes, new arena set to open

Barry Trotz knows the feeling of raising the Stanley Cup along with the failed journeys it sometimes takes to get there.

Now he is trying to recapture that magic with the New York Islanders.

Trotz goes into his fourth season as Islanders coach with arguably the franchise’s best chance to win a championship since the glory days of the early 1980s. New York reached the semifinals each of the past two years and looks primed to get over the hump in the first season in a sparkling new arena at Belmont Park.

“We continue to try to build and try to take the next step,” said Trotz, who won the Stanley Cup in 2018, his fourth season in Washington. “We want to get to the summit like the other 31 teams in the league.”

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