3/12/08

Will the second year trend cost Ted Nolan his job?

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/12/2008 01:27:00 AM
Back on August 2nd I did a blog on the trends of second year Islander coach and the eventual fate they suffer during or at the end of that second season here with all of them being fired.

At time time I felt Ted Nolan should stay regardless of on ice results with the limitations of this roster if it fails or takes a step backwards.

Regardless of record I still feel the same way and hope Mr Wang and Garth Snow break a trend that has held over Mr Wang's tenure of owner and that Ted Nolan returns for next season.

I think this coach is part of the long-term answer and took this group as far as he could this season. Clearly the injuries took a major toll on the group as did the lack of scoring or a first line powerplay qb from day one. No doubt this is a well respected coach given so many players comments this season and the re signings of Mike Comrie and Trent Hunter.

Sometimes you have to take a a step backwards to take a bigger step forward and as long as they keep working in the young players and give them opportunities they will find a bunch of players won can take this team to the next level. Given the progress of Blake Comeau, Jeff Tambellini, Jeremy Colliton, Frans Nielsen and Sean Bergenheim the plan to inject youth into the NHL lineup is going to continue as Kyle Okposo works toward a spot in the NHL.

Bruno Gervais and Chris Campoli are products of the Islanders farm system also.

Hopefully the fans understand this, show some patience and forget the past because this gm and coach can only answer for their tenure, not the prior one.

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