Newsday: Greg Logan has general manager Garth Snow's comments as to why Scott Gordon stood out in the interview process, what he was looking for in a coach, the trend of minor league coaches being hired along with what this will mean for the veterans. The general manager also talks about the club's defensive system and goaltender Rick DiPietro's workload.
Mr Logan also reports assistant coaches Gerard Gallant, John Chabot and Dan Lacroix are expected to be retained and that naming his own staff was not an issue for Scott Gordon with the general manager having no issues with the assistant coaches.
Newsday: Greg Logan has Rick DiPietro's comments on the hiring of Scott Gordon and what it could mean for the club as defensive systems along with a coach who is also a former goaltender from Boston College system are discussed.
Newsday: Mark Herrmann's article compares the trends with Peter Laviolette and the club in that era and looks at the background of the new coach and what his strengths are but feels Garth Snow made the right choice.
Sporting News: Craig Custance gives his take on the Islanders hiring Scott Gordon with the general manager's comments.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Custance provided a lot of good coverage on Bob Hartley in this so it was interesting to read what he had here.
Sidebar on this blog has Garth Snow interview with CJ Papa from TV-55 and his Conference Call with media.
NY Post: Dan Martin feels hiring a coach without NHL experience is a risk for Garth Snow but has the general managers comments on the hiring.
Daily News: John Dellapina from the Ranger beat did an small article that had Gordon's comments from the Isles website but mostly talked about Ted Nolan and Garth Snow vs what differences Scott Gordon brings.
Boston Globe: Kevin-Paul Dupont's article has Garth Snow comments and what Scott Gordon will bring to New York as it's new coach.
NY Times: Stu Hackel mostly links to Islanders website and Newsday articles.
Providence Journal: Corey Bourassa has an article in the Bruns blog with files from the Associated Press.
Point Blank: Mr Botta gives his take on the hiring and some other items.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Great stuff from the Islanders here on the video press conference with the media as Garth Snow took questions with a camera on him. More often than not you see this done without video but for everyone you get a complete look at what is actually said vs what the writer later puts in his article.
USHL.com: Islander prospect Kyle Okposo was one of the presenters at the the Select 15 Camp last week with Cedar Rapids Head Coach Mark Carlson comments on how important it was to have him there.
Portfolio.com: Former Islander general manager Neil Smith does an article about problems in the music industry and compares it to the NHL in that owners that made their bones in other industries, have sought radically different approaches to running their hockey franchises but most of the time they end up having to go back to the traditional model, but notes Dallas recent success.