So who hires the next Islanders coach?

New York Islander Fan Central | 7/14/2008 07:50:00 PM | | |
Will Garth Snow make the call on who the next coach is?

If the general manager today said he expects the assistant coaches to return next season is Garth Snow about to hire his first head coach and pick who he feels gives this franchise the best chance at moving forward or will Mr Wang be making that choice as he did when he selected a coach and a gm before finding another gm?

Anyone coming in from the outside will likely want to bring in their own people behind the bench which has been a long-standing policy under this ownership. For years Greg Cronin was a holdover in the organization, now Jack Capuano is here from Steve Stirling's staff and coaching the Sound Tigers.

I'm sure the quick and painless fit would be Gerard Gallant who was fired in Columbus before coming here but will not be popular with the fans because he has no record of success. Many clubs with a staff in place may not grant permission for an assistant to be interviewed.

Sure we all know the names like Hartley, Tortorella, Crawford and a bunch of others are available including Milbury if you want to toss your dinner with disgust.

Garth Snow said it could take two days or two weeks but more importantly it will be interesting to see if this is his hire and if that choice is willing to work with prospects without a veteran franchise talent.

Also if this general manager is working only with a one year contract as Mr Botta wrote how are they going to hire another coach and give him more term?

Updated 10pm:
Garth Snow appeared on Msg at 10pm and said he will be starting to do interviews for a new coach right away and joked he wished he could hire someone in the next hour.


  1. I'd like to think this will be Snow's decision. I think it's kind of odd that he said he expected Chabot and Gerrard to be back. I would think who ever the new coach is would get to choose their assistants.

  2. Hi Jim,

    The policy has always been the coach pickss the assistants we saw this with Laviolette, Stirling and Nolan but it's hard to say if Snow makes the pick now or Wang brings in a coach for Snow.

    Thanks as always.

  3. I'd like to see someone who hasn't been fired recently. I don't want some name that's been used before and their time was up at the gig. Torts, Hartley, Maurice, Crawford, etc. This is a special situation obviously. I don't think the season tickets holders are going to be happy with a change from Nolan to Maurice.

    How about Brian Sutter who's coaching Red Deer after taking over for his brother Brent? I'd like someone with a little Isles history or ties. Snow's gotta dig deep for this after this mess.

  4. BigIslesfan,

    To get experience your going to hire to take some fired relatively recently unless they have been out of coaching for a long time ie: Melrose.

    Given how tied Brent Sutter was to the club he owned in Red Deer that might be a family operation where Brian Sutter has to stay but he has no Islander connection.

    The only mess was letting this go on and all the denials from both of them on their working relationship. It should have been decided right after the season because nothing has changed since the season ended.

    You want a real longshot out of the NHL for a long time? Kevin Constantine.

    Also have to look at folks Garth Snow has a past working relationship with.


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