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NHLPA Investing Sugden Situation

from Lindsay Kramer at Syracuse.com,

Former Syracuse Crunch enforcer Brandon Sugden is getting closer to finding out which teams are keeping him from getting a chance at the NHL.

Sugden said Monday the NHLPA is working the case for him. And it turns out four teams actually said no to his return, not three. Two votes came in after the deadline, one was no and one was no comment. I love that no comment one.

Sugden was going to try out for the Islanders this preseason. But before he can sign a deal with an NHL component he has to get approval from all 30 teams. That’s because when he left the Crunch two seasons ago he termed it a retirement. He then immediately joined the Quebec League.

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This is a follow-up story that appeared on August 27th.

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NHL Teams Block Sugden

From HockeyFights.com:

Brandon Sugden‘s dream of getting one more shot at making it into the NHL has suddenly come crashing to a halt.

After scoring an invitation to attend training camp with the New York Islanders, all that was left in Sugden’s way was the approval of all 30 NHL teams. Because Sugden retired from hockey in December 2006 only to suit up in the LNAH months later, the league must grant Sudgen an unofficial reinstatement in the aforementioned form.

Unfortunately for “Sugar”, three different teams gave a thumbs down…

read on for more on why Sugden wanted to try one more time

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Chris Dey Named Islanders President

from the New York Islanders,

Chris Dey was promoted to President of the New York Islanders, it was announced Wednesday by Islanders owner Charles Wang.

In his role as President, Dey will expand his responsibilities beyond Sales, Marketing and Event Operations…

“Chris has been the driving force behind the change that the business has undergone over the last year,” said Wang. “The promotion is well deserved and will enable him to do even more to improve the business – the way we service our fans, the impact we can have on amateur hockey on Long Island, the leadership we show in the community and more. I know Chris well enough that he will stop at nothing less in making the Islanders the model franchise in the NHL.”

read on

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Are Comrie & Duff Engaged?

from Contact Music,

Actress/singer Hilary Duff has sparked rumours she’s taking her relationship with hockey star Mike Comrie to the next level, after she was snapped wearing a ring on her wedding finger.

The 20-year-old star was spotted leaving Hollywood’s Il Sole restaurant with National Hockey League (NHL) star Comrie on Friday night (15Aug08) when she flashed her left hand to reveal a ring.

more with pics…

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Islanders Now Need The Right Players

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

Anyone who has watched the team closely can tell you that the real trouble is that the Islanders haven’t been able to build a strong roster. It is easier to find a coach than a 40-goal scorer. Thus, they keep changing coaches. Thus, Gordon is here….

It wasn’t all that long ago that Gordon himself was a kid, growing up with the legacy of the 1980 Olympics, responding to the echo, “Do you believe in miracles?” The next miracle he can hope for is that management will keep its fingers out of the pie, except to sign solid players.

Owner Charles Wang must avoid the usual two-year itch. Be patient with him. Gordon knows what he is doing behind a bench. Winning AHL coach of the year is nothing to sneeze at because not only did Laviolette once win that award, so did Fred Shero, John Muckler, Jacques Demers and Marc Crawford (yet another candidate for this Islanders job). “Scott is the right coach for our team,” Snow said last night. What the Islanders really need is to build the team right for this coach.

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Islanders Hire Gordon

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

It took more than four weeks, but Islanders general manager Garth Snow finally identified the coach he hopes will become a close partner for many seasons to come. Scott Gordon, who was AHL coach of the year last season in Providence, has been named as the replacement for Ted Nolan, Newsday has learned.

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added 9:21pm, via the NY Islanders,

“Scott has been one of the top up-and-coming coaches in hockey and with good reason,” said Snow. “Through his work in the minor leagues and most recently with Providence over the last eight years, he has gained an impeccable reputation. The entire Islanders organization looks forward to working with Scott.”

“Garth has given me an unbelievable opportunity to coach in the NHL with the Islanders,” said Gordon. “From my time coaching in Providence, I’ve seen firsthand the talented young players in this organization. I look at the direction and the vision for this team and see a bright future.”

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Islanders Should Go With Gordon

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

According to a report in Newsday, Islanders GM Garth Snow has whittled down his coaching wish list to just three names: former Hurricanes/Leafs bench boss Paul Maurice, ex-Avalanche/Thrashers coach Bob Hartley and current Providence Bruins (AHL) leader Scott Gordon.

If the report is true—and Newsday’s Greg Logan does a good job covering the Isles—Snow should tap Gordon.

Yeah, I know Gordon doesn’t have any previous NHL head-coaching experience. He has spent the last five seasons working behind the bench in Providence. In that role, Gordon has been dealing with young players, trying to get them ready for the next step.

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Three Left For Islanders Coaching Position

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

After a painstaking interview process in which he spoke with eight known candidates and contacted a few others, an NHL source indicated Snow has narrowed his list to three finalists. Former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley, former Toronto coach Paul Maurice and current AHL Providence coach Scott Gordon still are in the running, and Snow is expected to name one as the Isles’ next coach early this week.

more on the coaching search…

 

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Scratch Tortorella Off Islanders List

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella, who was viewed by many as the most high-profile and possibly most high-priced candidate for the Islanders’ head-coaching vacancy, apparently is out of the mix. Money isn’t a major issue for Isles owner Charles Wang, but there always was a question whether Tortorella and a team committed to long-term development plan were the right fit for each other.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow is expected to sharply narrow his long list of candidates over the weekend and reach a decision on a successor to Ted Nolan early next week, an NHL source said. When contacted by Newsday, Tortorella politely declined to comment on his role in the Isles’ search process.

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Snow Wants A Coach That Will Grow With The Team

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Former Los Angeles Kings coach Marc Crawford and current Islanders assistant Gerard Gallant are among the final candidates expected to be interviewed over the next three days, according to an NHL source….

Except for Quenneville, all the other candidates have shown their interest in the Islanders’ job. Snow has made it clear that he’s seeking a long-term partner willing to focus on developing a contender by playing the young prospects and building through the draft.

read on

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