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For Islanders coach Barry Trotz, choosing a goalie is tough, but a privilege

Head coach Barry Trotz of the Islanders reacts during the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at NYCB Live on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Surely, Barry Trotz was asked, it can’t be easy choosing which goalie to start with both Semyon Varlamov and rookie Ilya Sorokin playing well. Surely, this can’t be a simple decision anymore, not like at the beginning of the season, when the Islanders coach relied heavily upon his veteran to give Sorokin time to acclimate to life in North America.

"If they’re both playing well, why couldn’t it be?" the Islanders coach responded.