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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz stands in the bench area in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

New York Islanders hire Barry Trotz as new coach

- The Washington Times

Barry Trotz, the former Washington Capitals coach who resigned weeks after the team won the 2018 Stanley Cup, has agreed to terms to become the next head coach of the New York Islanders, according to reports.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates a tip-in goal by teammate T.J. Oshie during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Salary-cap increase makes for 'more fun' NHL offseason

- The Washington Times

The Stanley Cup Final run of the expansion Golden Knights contributed to what is expected to be a healthy increase for the salary cap, giving NHL teams more freedom to make deals.

FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz pauses during a news conference after hockey practice in Las Vegas. Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup.  The team announced Trotzs resignation Monday, June 18, 2018.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

5 potential landing spots for Barry Trotz

- The Washington Times

Barry Trotz's resignation Monday means he becomes an intriguing option for teams. Only one team in the NHL currently has a head coaching vacancy -- but Trotz's decision could influence more moves.