The Associated Press is reporting Ted Nolan has been fired by the New York Islanders. The team's official Web site has confirmed the move.
General Manager Garth Snow on Nolan's ouster:
"Ted has helped us achieve some success over the last two seasons, however it has become clear that we have philosophical differences and have decided together to part ways," said Snow. "Since last season and continuing into the summer, I have realized we do not share the same philosophies. I would like to thank Ted for his two years with the team and wish him the best.
"I have a list of several qualified candidates. After a thorough process, we will hire the very best coach to lead the Islanders on the ice."
With this move, the Islanders have solidified their standing as the joke of the NHL. It's clown school on Long Island with Snow wearing the biggest shoes and the reddest nose.
This is a DISASTER for all fans of this franchise. Nolan is a tremendous coach, great motivator and solid human being. He's done pretty well with crap to work with. Owner Charles Wang has clearly been brainwashed by Snow. The Isles will rebuild but will not sniff serious spring hockey for years.
Nolan's only crime was that he wanted veterans to push for the playoffs. Wang has more money than God. Regardless of the fact that this team loses money and plays in a terrible arena, Nolan wanted to win. Snow and Wang are satisfied with less than mediocrity.
This is a joke.
I couldn't begin to tell you who the replacement will be, but you can bet your house on the fact that it will be someone who can be bossed around by Snow. If you are expecting a big name, forget it. Maybe Paul Maurice is coming here. That's not terrible, but with the amount of problems this organization has, expect more of a Snow yes man.
I'll be back with more later ....