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from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
The Islanders have become the team veteran players with nowhere else to play sign with. At the rate they are going, it will be years before they become a contender.
At least with Nolan behind the bench, they had a fighting chance.
There are plenty of quality coaches still walking the unemployment line – Pat Burns, Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford, Joel Quenneville and Paul Maurice amongst them – but even those guys will have to think long and hard before hitching their wagon to this mess.
As for Nolan? Don’t expect him to be out of work for too long. He is a proven winner, the kind of coach a team like, say, the Los Angeles Kings might want to hire as fast as humanly possible.
added 6:02pm, from Stan Fischler at Game On,
The Maven wholeheartedly endorses Tortorella. He won a Cup; he’s got charisma and he can work with a GM as he proved with Jay Feaster in Tampa Bay. Perhaps the Isles will do what Jacques Martin has done in Florida; opt for a younger, successful Junior type.
more on the Islanders…
added 6:17pm, from the blog of Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
After reading Greg Logan’s Newsday blog that said the Islanders had fired Ted Nolan, I grabbed my cell phone and called Bob Hartley. Logan pointed out that Hartley was close with Islanders GM Garth Snow. Bob coached Garth Snow in Cornwall during the 1994-95 season.
Hartley to the Islanders seems like a good fit, and I can’t help but wonder if Snow joined me in calling Hartley today. If he did, hopefully he had better luck than I did reaching him (Hey Bob, call me back). Snow could do a lot worse than the former Thrashers and Avalanche coach.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The two-year marriage of inconvenience between Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan ended Monday. Irreconcilable differences over the direction of the franchise led to a mutual decision by Snow and Nolan, who met earlier Monday morning at Nassau Coliseum, to part ways.
added 1:05pm, More on this at the Islanders website.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The relationship between Snow and Nolan was much better a year ago after the Islanders squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season. They pushed for the buyout of captain Alexei Yashin, and Nolan was a full participant with Snow in free-agent negotiations.
But this summer, Nolan was in the dark about Snow’s plan to trade down to take center Josh Bailey with the ninth overall pick. Bailey and Nolan’s son Jordan were teammates in the Ontario Hockey League last season, yet Nolan wasn’t consulted about the pick.
Asked if he had any input in the signing of veteran free agents Mark Streit and Doug Weight, Nolan said: “No. Garth and his scouting staff took care of all that. It comes right back to what I can control, and what I can control is my coaching.”
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
(Brendan) Witt wondered, too, which is why the decision by general manager Garth Snow and owner Charles Wang to give him a two-year extension worth $6 million that will keep him on Long Island through the 2010-11 season is so meaningful. “I was surprised when they told me,” Witt said last night from his summer home in Florida. “I was like, ‘Wow.’ Most teams, the way they operate is they don’t make that decision until Christmas when they realize which direction the team is going, and they ask what you can get for them.
“Snowy has always complimented me on the way I play, the ‘warrior-type mentality.’ I appreciate that, and I appreciate Charles agreeing to do it, too. That shows a lot of loyalty, which you do not find in major league sports too often….
From Chris Botta at NYI Point Blank:
I thought it might go past the July 4 weekend, but the Islanders got the deal done a few minutes ago. Point Blank has learned that the Islanders have signed veteran center Doug Weight to a one-year deal.
Update 6:27pm ET: Confirmed by TSN. Link not yet available.
Update 6:35pm ET: TSN—
The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year contract with Doug Weight worth 1.75 million.
From the NY Islanders,
The New York Islanders have signed goaltender Yann Danis to a one-year, two-way contract.
NYI fans can read more about Danis from Pat Hickey in The Gazette, published two weeks ago.
According to Sportsnet’s tracker, Mark Streit has signed for 5 years at
$5.1 million per year
Update 8:19pm ET: TSN confirms the signing, but salary amounts are conflicting, TSN stating 5 years for $20.5 million.
Update 8:24pm ET: Sportsnet originally reported salary to be $5.1 million per. They’ve now corrected it to $4.1 million.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Generally speaking, Snow will attempt to fill out the roster with young players who have a chance to grow with the team he is trying to build. But he also might add an experienced veteran who could mentor young kids who will be playing major roles and take some pressure off them.
Describing the balance he’s trying to strike, Snow said: “It’s always a Catch-22. We want to be younger; we want to give our young players an opportunity to come into training camp and earn their spot. If some of our young players perform at the level they finished at last season, it won’t be an issue. I just don’t want to bring in older players that would pretty much put our young players in Bridgeport.”
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
What matters to us is just how big a splash our locals will make. Or, to put it another way: will Glen Sather match his 2007 spree that landed Scott Gomez and Chris Drury in an astonishing one-day Double Dip?
D-Day is Tuesday and between now and then you’ll hear rumors galore of which about one-tenth of one percent will be on target.
No question, Sather, Lou Lamoriello and Garth Snow are entranced by Brian Campbell, but his asking price is likely too ridiculous for any of the trio.
One fascinating subject has to be lifetime Devil, Jay Pandolfo. Lou apparently is trying to lure JP back to Newark but one of Jay’s best buddies happens to be Scott Gomez
from On the Islanders Beat,
The handwriting has been on the wall for the past couple seasons regarding the demise of Shawn Bates’ Islanders career. The Islanders are expected to make it official Friday morning when they announce their decision to buy out the remaining year of his contract.
Bates was scheduled to make $1.2 million, but under NHL buyout provisions, he will receiver two-thirds of that amount in equal installments of $400,000 spread over the next two seasons.
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