Monday, July 14, 2008

The Good and the Bad - Ted Nolan is Out

Garth Snow and Ted Nolan got together and managed to agree on one thing this off season. The problem is that the one thing they agree on is that Nolan should not coach the Islanders any more. It seems amicable and this blogger wishes the coach the best and I hope to see him do the same thing so many former Islander players and coaches have done after leaving the team. Win. Here are 3 points for and against Nolan leaving the Islanders.

THE BAD -

1 - Nolan brought the respectability, and he was the only one - Make no mistake Ted Nolan brought an air of respectability to the New York Islanders franchise. A team that has an owner who a lot of people think is in this for the real estate, a GM who almost no one takes seriously, an arena that most college franchises would laugh at, a player roster that impresses no one, a legacy for the last 25 years of bad moves, embarrassing fiascoes and failure after failure on the ice. People will argue that Charles Wang is a rock as the Islanders owner but he is not in this for hockey, he is in it for the Lighthouse Project.

2 - More on Snow's head - As if the draft wasn't enough to let us know who is running the Islanders. Garth Snow all but pushed Nolan out the door at the very least saving Nolan the indignity of being fired after a season who's result was the fault of one thing. That one thing is injuries. Now from top to bottom the teams fate will fall in the lap of its 2nd year GM. I hope he can handle the pressure of not only this year's draft but all but showing the popular coach the door. One more question to consider is who in his right mind would want to coach this team? I hope Snow doesn't hear laughter on the phone if he is smart enough to call John Tortorella.

3 - Bad, Meet Worse - Nolan was commended for getting the Islanders to the playoffs in his first year on the team, then Smyth runs to Colorado and the roster is remade. Amazingly enough the Islander are still competitive. Not only competitive but a mere 3 points behind the Devils for FIRST PLACE in their division. This was roughly 50 games into the season. Ask anyone and they will tell you the Ted Nolan was the reason for the success doing what he does best and that is squeezing every bit of talent out of the players he was given. Eventually the bottom fell out as the team lost over 400 man games to injury last season. It would seem the coach is not at fault but he is left paying the price.

THE GOOD -

1 - Unhappy coach? No Thank You.- Ted Nolan was not happy and did not want to do 2 things. One was enter the final year of his contract without an extension, and he wanted a steady veteran presence on his team. Unfortunately both of those were going to happen no matter what. Instead of staying and trying to earn more time with the team Nolan chose to push the issue and the result is him leaving the team. The players on this team do not need an unhappy coach, they need a coach who is on board 100% with the plan.

2 - Coach the Kids, Not Bury Them. - Its also no secret that some of the Islanders most promising prospects did not flourish under Nolan, always favoring the veteran over the kid. Jeff Tambelini in one that springs to mind. Everyone wanted the kid to get top 6 minutes. That is everyone except Ted Nolan. You will come to realize that Nolan had every intention of playing the veteran over the kid possibly at the expense of letting said kid get the time he needs to flourish in this league. The new coach will certainly be on board on this policy and hopefully the kids will get the chance they never got under Nolan unless injuries required it.

3 - Everyone on the same page. Make no mistake people. The Islanders are in a rebuild mode. Ted Nolan is a great coach and no one can deny this. That being said he just wasn't right for this team. The Islanders need a coach who will grow with the team and the young players it is committed to for the long haul. 2 years ago Nolan was the perfect guy for the job but our outlook has changed over the last 2 years. Instead of piece mealing a team together the Islanders are trying to grow one and Nolan clearly did not want to be a part of it.

Let me know what you think on this subject as I am sure it will generate a lot of discussion.

FCT

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

IF THIS IS A YOUTH MOVEMENT WHY SIGN WEIGHT????????..Your argument conflicts with them signing him....bottom line does anyone know what the hell they are doing over there?

Anonymous said...

Well I don't get it......Please please tell me that they are not going to fire Dan Lacroix...he has done great for the isles as asst. coach and I hope this doesn't change anything

Closet islander fan

NYI FAN said...

Maybe it is time to let Bryan Trottier coach the team. He was very successful with The AHL Maine Mariner Team. (Now the Portland Pirates)I am sure that team was full of kids that Bryan motivated.
The one constant with our team is that change always happens; a cheap way to get free press!

NYI FAN said...

I guess Teds' NOT an Islander!
The team shows no class on its' website, no mention of Nolans' firing. Why do I still follow this pathetic excuse of a hockey team?
Wang, how did you ever make a fortune with CA? You certainly look like a fool here.

Sorry for the rant.

FCT said...

NO Problem NYI.. there is a lot of that going around today. a LOT of people are annoyed. Firing Nolan and passing up Filatov could wind up blowing up in the organizations face.

They singed Wieght for 2 reasons. one, he is Guerin's buddy, otherwise they would not hae gotten him and second SOMEONE has to play center. Bailey and Trivino are 1 and 2 years away respectively at a minimum.

And NYI, that would not be the forst time a lot of us have questions why we root for the Islanders.

FCT

Anonymous said...

Trotts already says no ...please don't tell me a former RANGIZ coach is going to show the way...by the way now matter who snow gets i am sure he is going to say..."this is the person we targeted all along".....lets hope who ever it is they keep Lacroix along for the ride he has done nothing wrong in this whole mess and deserves at least one more season to prove he should be with the isles
closet isles fan

FCT said...

Its almost like you have a reason for wanting Dan Lacroix to stay on board closet......

FCT

NYI FAN said...

We don't need another first time NHL coach, Lacroix was just following Nolans orders anyway, all of his assistants wil probably be let go.
How could you label Trotts as just 'a former rangiz coach' He certainly deserves more than that insulting title!!

FCT said...

Apparently Trots doesnt want the job, and niether does Tortorella. Bob Hartley? NO Thank You.

I have no idea who Snow is looking at.

FCT

Anonymous said...

NYI fan I would never talk about our beloved #19 as a ranger I was talking about Tortorella as the former Rangiz coach......FCT ..i just happen to think that Lacroix is a fine coach and would do well for the Young Isles if he stayed just look at the work he has done in the very recent past in the minors and you well see he is worthy of keeping his job ...
closet isles fan

Anonymous said...

FCT ..quick question ...do you think Filitov has a shot at the Calder this year?

FCT said...

Filatov has a better shot at the Calder than Josh Bailey does....

NYI FAN said...

Closet Fan: OK, don't mind me, I'm just under the afflunce of inkahol!!!
btw, I hope you got provisions in that closet, from recent events, looks like you are gonna be in there awhile!!
I just want an experienced guy behind the bench, I'm tired of getting a first timer there. I know Laveolett (sp?) was a first timer & I liked what he did while here, but I would like to see someone on my team who knows his job!

FCT said...

I am hearing Joel Quenville.

Anonymous said...

I looked on the web site today and low and behold ....Vlady is on the front page ...watching him grow up from another bench his whole time in youth hockey here on the island I can tell you he is the real deal.....I hope he has a shot to make the team his father trained nhl players Zubrus and Malakov he is one of the best trainers on the island and he has done very well with vlady he is one of the best players since higgins and komasarik from long island to have an actual shot ...i hope they take a good look..whom ever the coach may be
closet isles fan

Anonymous said...

This is probably one of the worst moves the Islanders have made since Milbury passed on Zach Parisi for Robert Nilsson!
Once again, the Islanders are showing why they are the laughing stock of the NHL!
Charles Wang is proving once again, that it is his way or the highway, regardless of the fact that he knows absolutely nothing about professional hockey. And Garth Snow better hope that Wang doesn't stop short or his nose will be stuck up his butt!!!!

Anonymous said...

Garth:

Please hire Bob Harley. Mark this day in history if you do.

p.s Your name will be on a Stanley Cup.