As expected, the Capitals assistant coach, Lane Lambert, has followed old friend Barry Trotz to the New York Islanders. The Isles announced Thursday that they have named Lambert their next associate coach. When hired by the Capitals in 2014, he spoke about the advantages of familiarity and consistency on the coaching staff. No doubt that Barry is looking for a guy he can trust to implement his style of play.
Lane spent three seasons with Trotz and the Nashville Predators, and four with him at the Capitals. Lambert was primarily responsible for working with the Capitals forwards and on establishing a strong penalty kill unit. This season the PK was not the best unit we have ever seen and this is one area in which new Head Coach Todd Reirden can bring in his own guy to to restructure and energize the guys.
At one point in 2017, it was rumored that the Colorado Avalanche were interested in Lambert for their head coach position. However, like Todd Reirden, it is believed that the Capitals would not give them permission to pitch Lambert.
Lambert is good people and well liked and respected in the Caps community. Lane lost his wife Andi to breast cancer in September 2015, something that touched the Caps family deeply. The Capitals cancelled training camp to allow staff and players to travel to Ohio for her funeral. For many of us, Hockey Fights Cancer took on a new meaning that season.
All the best to you Lane, except for the PK when the Caps meet you on the ice!!
Is Mitch next??