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Pat LaFontaine On The Outside Looking In

from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,

The fracture seems to stem from LaFontaine’s 40-day tenure as an unpaid senior adviser to team owner Charles Wang and his resignation from that post on July 18, 2006. That resignation came just hours after Wang had fired general manager Neil Smith and replaced him with the team’s backup goaltender, Garth Snow. Wang had hired Smith and LaFontaine on the same day, and LaFontaine said in a recent interview that he disagreed with Wang’s decision to fire Smith after less than six weeks.

LaFontaine elected to step down after failing to persuade Wang to reconsider, he said—not necessarily out of loyalty to Smith, but out of concern for the franchise’s direction. “I believe you treat people fairly,” he said, “and stand up for what you believe in.”

Through a team spokesman, Wang declined to comment on the situation. “Pat LaFontaine had a great NHL career and does a lot for the Long Island community,” Wang said in a statement. “We wish him all the best.” Snow declined to comment through a spokesman.

Former Islanders general manager Mike Milbury, who was a member of the team’s board of governors when LaFontaine resigned, said he would understand if Wang still held a grudge against LaFontaine.


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Evilpens's avatar

but Jealous Wings fans think he was right on with his comments about Sid ! Genius guys pure Genius Glad you have Moron Mike on your side

really beginning to think Milbury’s real problem is he is Bi-Polar

Posted by Evilpens on 04/03/12 at 12:03 PM ET


really beginning to think Milbury’s real problem is he is Bi-Polar

Yeah, everything he says is stupid.  That’s what bi-polar disorder is, right?

Posted by Garth on 04/03/12 at 01:36 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Nope 1 he goes from one extreme on a player/team to the other extreme next time they discuss player/team

2 weeks ago Moron Milbury said “I wouldn’t want to have to play the Penguins” now that they have Sid & Letang back & that coaching staff has them all on the same page. Fast forward to interview on Philly station where he makes fun of Sid & his 35 concussions & Bylsma having Granato fight his battles makes it look like Bylsma wears a Skirt” to last night On the NBCLSD Sports Network where He practically Blows Philly in the Philly/Pens series

Posted by Evilpens on 04/03/12 at 01:44 PM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Is there nothing the BOG can do about deadbeat owners?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 04/03/12 at 01:58 PM ET


This is nothing but sour grapes on the part of that poisonous little ex-Islanders P.R. director Chris Botta who was fired by the Islanders.

A junior team coached by Lafontaine just won a national championship and he wants to be honored at the Isles last home game of the season right before the Easter holiday so everybody can recall his big “Easter epic” playoff goal.  The team must have turned him down, so that creep Botta went to the WSJ to resurrect old dirt.  Don’t believe me?  Look at Botta’s tweet asking Wang to let Lafontaine “back in the building” for the honor.

Don’t believe everything you read without knowing the agendas of the people involved.  Botta is one devious little creep.

Posted by Islesfan on 04/03/12 at 02:18 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Yep Chris Botta is the reason that LaFontaine wasn’t given a press pass or WTF it is called

Is it Botta’s fault that while LaFontaine is in the NHL HOF he is NOT in the Isles HOF?

Wang & Snow are in the process of completely destroying a OrganIzation with a great history Wake up & stop drinking then Kool-Aid

Posted by Evilpens on 04/03/12 at 02:59 PM ET



Stick to commenting about things you know because you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

Read the WSJ carefully.  The ex-team official is undoubtedly Botta who has been waging a personal war against the team since being fired.

Lafontaine is NOT universally liked by Islanders fans going back to his ugly contract dispute in 1992 and the way he forced his way off the Island.  Torrey traded him for a package that included Turgeon, Hogue and Krupp, guys you might remember from 1993.

The Islanders ARE an organization with a great history and are on the way back.  In fact, they beat some lousy 100 point team twice last week.

And stop drinking the uninformed mainstream media anti-Islander Kool-Aid.

Posted by Islesfan on 04/03/12 at 03:17 PM ET

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Posted by Evilpens on 04/03/12 at 03:21 PM ET

Colossal Cap Hit's avatar

This is one time when Milbury might actually be right. As far as I can remember, Smith was fired because he agreed to one thing and then decided he wanted another thing later (more power), which Wang didn’t like. Worth keeping in mind that LaFontaine acknowledges reaching out to Wang later, so it could be Wang had a legitimate reason to be upset. Holding grudges is not nice and erasing LaFontaine from Islander history is petty, but there is a reason behind it. LaFontaine’s gut reaction was to be loyal to Smith, and Wang will never forget that. On another note, I’m pretty sure LaFontaine was there on Al Arbour night, which took place a few months after the Smith debacle.

Posted by Colossal Cap Hit on 04/03/12 at 05:18 PM ET

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