Newsday: Greg Logan reports John Tortorella apparently is out of the mix for the Isles coaching job with the former Lightning coach declining to comment when contacted by Newsday. The usual infamous NHL source claims Garth Snow will narrow his list over the weekend and make a decision on a coach next week while Mr Logan speculates why Tortorella would not be the right fit for general manager Garth Snow's current club.
Newsday: In the Islander Newsday blog the adminstrator basically repeats the article.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess we'll see.
If there are second interviews coming the Boston papers, the AJC have nothing at this time nor did the Tampa papers have comment or anything from Tortorella.
An outside coach will want his own assistants, the latest was the gm planned to retain Ted Nolan's assistants. A coach like Tortorella with a Stanley Cup would have been a solid respected replacement for Ted Nolan and only the gm knows if he could have sat with that as an alternative or if Tortorella really was interested beyond an initial interview.
There is also a lot of off-ice things for an outside coach coming in which means coming here to work and live during the hockey season, sometimes these things go beyond hockey.
Who gets the job? Only Garth Snow knows who he is leaning toward. Right now it's fair to write only Bob Hartley or Marc Crawford have championship background but the later sounded like a man who already has his job for 2008-09.
Could be someone the media does not know about either who Snow has spoken with, nothing would shock me here short of Ted Nolan and Garth Snow having another chat.