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by Paul on 11/15/10 at 04:07 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The New York Islanders fired head coach Scott Gordon on Monday but only they could turn it into a comic farce.
There was a conference call for Islanders general manager Garth Snow to explain his decision but it almost collapsed at the start because of technical problems. That had one writer wondering if the college radio station that now carries the Islanders’ games was in charge.
Things didn’t get much better when Snow was finally able to answer a few questions. Other than a reference to the players’ lack of confidence, Snow did not offer a concrete reason for Gordon’s firing other than the Islanders’ 10-game losing streak.
He also declined to say just how long interim head coach Jack Capuano, who was promoted from the Islanders’ American Hockey League farm team, will be in charge or if he will be in the running when a permanent coach is picked.
“At this point, we’re just concerned about Wednesday [a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning],” Snow said. “He’s the head coach of this team as we speak right now.”
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