Newsday: Greg Logan reports according to the infamous NHL source Joel Quenneville was committed to take a year off from coaching before the Isles' job opened up, but Garth Snow later followed through and contacted the former Avs coach, but in preliminary discussion he was not a good fit for the Islanders at this time.
Mr Logan also report's Scott Gordon's interview went very well with Gerard Gallant scheduled this week and will speak with other canidates and that the preseason schedule will be released Thursday with the expected date for the Coliseum preseason game as October 1st against New Jersey.
The seven game preseason lists as follows:
Boston on Sept. 23 at Moncton.
Philadelphia on Sept. 25 at London, Ontario.
Florida on Sept. 27 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.
New Jersey on October 1st, Nassau Coliseum, New York.
New Jersey on October 3rd, Prudential Center.
At Boston on Oct. 4
At Florida on Oct. 6.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Unless Garth Snow has some interviews no one knows about it should be down to Gallant and Marc Crawford before we see some second interviews or an outright hiring. No big surprise Quenneville did not want to coach in the Eastern Conference for the first time.
Cannot recall the Isles going that far south for a preseason game much less one that late.
According to this they play in Florida and then come back to play the Devils in New Jersey to open the season? It would be something different if they opened down there and played a game in Florida.