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Coaching Candidates For The Islanders

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Former Toronto coach Paul Maurice has the pole position in the interview process to determine the successor to Ted Nolan as coach of the Islanders. According to an NHL source, Maurice is expected to meet with general manager Garth Snow tomorrow.

The list of confirmed Islanders coaching candidates now numbers seven. Besides Maurice, the list includes former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella and his assistant, Mike Sullivan, both of whom have received permission from the Lightning to interview. Snow still is waiting for approval to interview former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley and current Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon in Boston’s organization.

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Islanders Sign Nielsen

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders have agreed to a four-year contract with center Frans Nielsen worth $2.1 million. The one-way contract will average $525,000 per year. Nielsen became the first Danish-born and raised citizen to play in the NHL during the 2006-07 season.

“We’re excited to have Frans locked up for the next four years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “We know he is going to come to training camp in great shape and ready to compete for his spot on the team.”

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Islanders Interested In Tortorella

from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

Former Lightning coach John Tortorella could be in line to take over the vacant head coaching position with the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have contacted Tampa Bay seeking permission to speak to Tortorella, the Tribune has learned. The Lightning have granted the Islanders their request to talk to Tortorella.

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Quenneville Should Be The Next Islanders Coach

from Mark Hermann of Newsday,

Joel Quenneville is the man Snow should hire. He is fresh off a three-year stint with the Avalanche, having gone 131-92-23 but let go because his team was swept out of the second round by the Cup-bound Red Wings. Losing in the second round is no indictment around here. Quenneville did coach a banged-up, patched-together roster to a first-round win, something no Islanders coach has done since Arbour did it in 1993.

He is known to be a teacher, defensive specialist and friend of Barry Trotz, the Predators coach whose longtime partnership with his general manager is the model Snow wants to replicate.

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Okposo Thinking Offense

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Kyle Okposo is only nine games into his NHL career and just seven months removed from the University of Minnesota, but when he walks into Islanders training camp in September, all eyes will be watching to see if he can become an offensive force….

“People are looking at you to produce, and you have to fill the void,” Okposo said. “I really want to do that. I feel like I have the right mind-set, and I know Blake has the right mindset. He had a good year last year, and he’s looking to build on that. We’ve been working really hard this offseason to prepare ourselves to be those guys and chip in more than we did last year.”

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Islanders Sign Bergenheim

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.”

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Snow Has The ‘Hammer’

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.

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Players Speak On Nolan Departure

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.”

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Too Much Ted

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.

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Now What Islanders?

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.

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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.

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