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"Off The Post: Inching Closer to the Future"
Long Island, NY • United States • 25 Years Old • Male
Since the start of free agency not much has occurred in Islander Country, but the media continues to draw attention to the Snow and Nolan rivalry, and it seems that there is definitely something brewing.

The early extension of Brendan Witt definitely raised a few eyebrows. Almost every fan I know was happy about this signing as Witt has been one of our most consistent leaders on the blue line. But we all know that Witt is a "Nolan-boy" who even stated that he was very excited to be playing for Teddy the day he signed a contract. Could this be an effort by Snow to keep Ted on board? Or is it a pre-cautionary measure in case Nolan is not kept passed next season with the organization wanting to keep their integral leaders around?

It's very hard to tell.

Nolan already has been public about his displeasure with General Manager Garth Snow, although he hasn't exactly been direct. Snow, on the other hand, has made a few comments in regards to Teddy's coaching. If you can't remember any examples, one that sticks out in my mind occurred during the back-to-back Isles/Rangers games. DP was ready to go for the second tilt after missing a few games due to his grandmother's unfortunate death, but instead of putting Ricky back in he threw in Dubie for his strong performance over the past few games. As a fan I liked it. It showed that Teddy is not afraid to go with the hot hand even if he isn't the face of the Franchise. It was one of the few times, if not the only time throughout the season that the coaching staff said "No" to Ricky since Teddy openly admitted that DP called most of the shots in regards to playing time. When Snow was asked if it surprised him, he replied that it "raised an eyebrow or two."

In other words, he basically was saying that he didn't understand why Nolan went with Dubie over Ricky, regardless if Dubie had a few strong games. Although it was a statement, he was flat out questioning Ted's coaching methods. Snow doesn't have to always agree with the decisions that Ted makes, but I feel it is a bit improper to publicly say something like that. A more professional response could have been, "I always trust Ted's decisions because he's the coach."

I always felt that Snow's comment was a part of a silent war between the two, with Teddy stating after games that "you work with what you get," suggesting that Snow didn't supply him with an efficient roster. Although that's a little unprofessional as well, I feel most can identify with Ted's situation since the roster was filled with under-achievers such as Vasicek and Fedotenko.

However Teddy and Garth last summer were more in sync with each other when it came to draft day and free agent signings. This summer Nolan said it was all up to the higher positioned members and was more or less out of the loop with the Isles decisions to trade down twice at the draft.

Whatever the case may truly be, there is obviously something off balance between head coach Ted Nolan and GM Garth Snow. Wang on occasion has seemed to back up Snow more than Nolan, as recently reported in Newsday where Wang said the young players "proved [Nolan] wrong" in regards to Teddy's desire to have a veteran nucleus.

This year will without question determine whether or not Nolan will be on board next summer. Personally I hope he is. He has been the best coach to arrive on Long Island since Peter Laviolette. And Teddy is right. He has worked with what he has been given and that has been mediocre thus far. This year the fan base and I'm sure the organization are prepared for a long season. Of course the goal is to at least make the playoffs, but being that they are calling this a rebuilding process they have to set realistic goals. If this team falls way short of the playoffs like they did this passt season, it would be a crime to let go of Ted.

However if we see the kids start scoring goals and winning a few games here and there, then he should be patted on the back with an extension for getting the job done.
Filed Under:   NHL   Islanders   Ted Nolan   Garth Snow  
July 13, 2008 9:05 PM ET | Delete
Nobody cares about that team or the dump they play in. Stop wasting your time on a subject that died in 84. Maybe if this team celebrated what they did from 80-84 a little more maybe they would attract new fans to a team that actually had a dynasty. Something that will never happen again in pro sports. I never witnessed a organization with less class and business savvy than this. Wake up before you lose your team.
July 13, 2008 9:54 PM ET | Delete
Every team has fans Hipcheck. The Rangers have one of the most pathetic all time records as far as championships go in the entire sport. They have played 50 more seasons (many with only 6 teams in the league) and have recorded the same number as the Isles. People do care about the Isles and if you ever read their blog and comment page you will find many passionate fans. They aren't going anywhere and maybe if they STOP living in the past they can move forward.
July 13, 2008 10:53 PM ET | Delete
I'm not talking about championships, I'm talking about filling the seats and getting a new arena. I in fact know how great those teams were and I think its pathetic that they play in that dump thats basically a 150 acre parking lot. Its time to take the passion from the blogs and go to a Ranger-Islander game and cheer for your team, SPEND MONEY and keep one of the great sports rivalries going till I die. Admit it Isles316, you don't even want to go to the Nassau Mausoleum!
July 13, 2008 11:47 PM ET | Delete
Id take NVMC over MSG any day of the week.XxNYIxX
July 14, 2008 9:49 AM ET | Delete
Thats a pretty funny joke. Just like your team.
July 14, 2008 1:03 PM ET | Delete
Come on folks Lets not even compare the MOZZ to MSG..The best thing about the Mozz is I'm in my car and home in 15 min...Alsome. The Islanders have been jked off Buy Nassau county for the past 2 years and its time they get a new building. But they have to start showing some face at their current facility. TED NOLAN JUST GOT FIRED...god what a mistake
July 14, 2008 1:10 PM ET | Delete
not so quiet anymore....Nolan will never coach in the NHL again
July 14, 2008 1:25 PM ET | Delete
Baseball futility: CubsFootball futility: JetsBasketball futility: Bucks?Hockey futility: Rangers
July 14, 2008 4:55 PM ET | Delete
It isnt that hard to fill an 18,200 seat arena with 8 million people in the city. Also MSG has 85% of their seats brought by corporations, they are never filled in actuality. Rangers fans should be quiet when it comes to filling seats, get actual fans to buy seats not companies.
July 14, 2008 5:41 PM ET | Delete
I am sorry to see Ted Nolan is out of a job. I think he is a very good manager, but the Islands management is not committed to winning. Except for a few positions - goal tending comes to mind immediately as an exception - the personnel just isn't there.In the past the Islanders have had the bad habit of picking Sabres rejects, the most recent is Mirilov Satan, who have failed to help the team at critical moments.I am not an Islanders fan and I despise Eddy Westfall who is probably the worst hockey announcer ever. He did more to turn hockey fans against the Islanders with his prejudicial, gratuitous remarks than their worst enemies.
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