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from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders and forward Sean Bergenheim have agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.725 million. The energetic forward will earn $800,000 in 2008-09 and $925,000 in 2009-10. Bergenheim has also voluntarily made a large donation to the Islanders Inspire.
“We’re very happy to have Sean locked up for two years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He’s another young player who we’re excited to see at training camp and competing.”
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The Islanders’ so-called “Committee” is dead. When it became obvious in the middle of last season that the decision-making process was too cumbersome, owner Charles Wang stepped in and clarified the lines of authority, placing general manager Garth Snow in clear control atop the hockey operations pyramid.
There was no formal announcement, but the change obviously freed Snow to act more decisively, as he did on Monday when he told coach Ted Nolan his services no longer were required. It was obvious during the draft and free-agent signings this summer that Nolan already had been rendered powerless regarding personnel decisions, while Snow felt sufficiently empowered to execute his aggressive draft strategy, trading down twice in the first round and amassing 13 picks.
from On the Islanders Beat,
“Snowy called me and told me what happened,” Sillinger said. “Quite frankly, I don’t know that there was any kind of tug-of-war. I didn’t spend the last half of the season with the guys because of my [hip] injury. The year before, we made the playoffs, and Ted did a great job. Obviously, this year we had a bunch of injuries.
“Garth told me they had philosophical differences. So be it. That’s his decision. It’s really unfortunate. Ted and I had a great relationship. I enjoyed playing for him. I guess you move on.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It became too much about Ted; became too much about Ted Nolan-type players. Every team can use the prototypical Nolan overachiever, but no team can progress from the bottom half of the league when more limited hard-hat players get their ice time at the expense of young, raw talents in need of nurturing.
The Islanders cannot attract prime free agents. They won’t even listen. The Islanders have no other choice. They must build from within. They also can choose not to trade down out of the first five in the Entry Draft - and once upon a time could have chosen to keep Roberto Luongo and Zdeno Chara - but these are different matters.
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.
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