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08:30 AM ET 11.16 | A 10-game winless streak isn't going to look good on any resumes, and the Isles moved to fire Scott Gordon. So now, with a new coach, Garth Snow has to start over. In April or May, he may have to do the same. ... There will be other factors at play the rest of the season -- whether to sell off assets such as captain Doug Weight or goaltender Dwayne Roloson for draft picks before the trade deadline, and then what to do with a shaky goalie situation if it's only Rick DiPietro and a few untested young players. Firing a coach leaves you open to letting the rest of the league wonder where the team is headed.

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November 16, 2010  08:36 AM ET

I'm partially blind now from that pic

November 16, 2010  08:37 AM ET

It doesn't matter who is coaching this team right now - they are not in good shape....

November 16, 2010  08:38 AM ET

Firing a coach leaves you open to letting the rest of the league wonder where the team is headed.

Winnepeg? KC? Quebec?

November 16, 2010  09:01 AM ET

Maybe Wang will sell the team. He could always ask Brett Favre. He can advise Wang. (wink, wink). Seriously, I think they may very well move in the next 2 years or so, along with Atlanta, Florida and perhaps others that are continually losing money.

November 16, 2010  09:28 AM ET

i don't think the coach was the problem but even if he was, why would you bring up your minor league coach who hasn't even proven himself at that level? There are plenty of NHL caliber coaches out there with good resumes that are available. I wonder if they all turned Garth down or if he didn't bother to try to get them.

November 16, 2010  09:30 AM ET

Garth Snow, the only reason the Devils aren't in last place (for now). I know it was the coach whose fault it was that the team wouldn't spend money on players or get any good players to coach. It wasn't the owner or GM.

November 16, 2010  09:50 AM ET

New York Islanders the Pittsburgh Pirates of Hockey. Snow could have fired the whole team, but its easier to fire the coach.

November 16, 2010  09:55 AM ET

When your new coaches' name (Jack Capuano) rhymes with guano it's not a good sign.

November 16, 2010  10:11 AM ET

Two key pieces aren't on the ice for the Isles this year...Streit and Okposo. 12 of 17 games have been on the road. And considering Doug Weight as an asset, now that's funny.

November 16, 2010  10:30 AM ET

This is when I feel sorry for the coaches. I am a Rangers' fan, and I say it's no fun when your rivals are in this predicament. Scotty Bowman couldn't do anything wioth this bunch, let alone Scott Gordon. Snow should go

November 16, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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When Yashin and Dipietro are the Islanders 2 biggest cap hits one has to think the Ilses problems arn't coaching.

word

November 16, 2010  11:31 AM ET
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When Yashin and Dipietro are the Islanders 2 biggest cap hits one has to think the Ilses problems arn't coaching.

I agree. These are terrible last names. Who is in charge of picking the last names on the team????(others call it scouting, or being a general manager)

They should have kept Nolan. He's a great coach, and works excellent with young players, and he's proved it. It was a mistake to let him go.

November 16, 2010  11:51 AM ET
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Maybe Wang will sell the team. He could always ask Brett Favre. He can advise Wang. (wink, wink). Seriously, I think they may very well move in the next 2 years or so, along with Atlanta, Florida and perhaps others that are continually losing money.

Islanders can't move until 2015, when their lease with the Nassau Coliseum is up. After that, I hope they move to Brooklyn near where the Mets play.

November 16, 2010  12:13 PM ET

these guys are the pittsburg pirates of the nhl-glorious past-horrific record and ballpark for too many years since and no real hope in sight

November 16, 2010  12:42 PM ET
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When Yashin and Dipietro are the Islanders 2 biggest cap hits one has to think the Ilses problems arn't coaching.

true that

November 16, 2010  12:43 PM ET
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They should have kept Nolan. He's a great coach, and works excellent with young players, and he's proved it. It was a mistake to let him go.

I never figured that one out ... he was getting results with a half-talented team.
I guess he was not on board with the GM's philosophy, eh?

November 16, 2010  12:45 PM ET

I wouldn't hesitate to trade their "Assets". If you can get anything for Doug Weight, do it.

Rolosson will fetch them at least a 2nd round pick by the trade deadline once teams have figured out their needs for their playoff runs. SJ will be knocking on their door, I bet, if things stay like this with Niemi.

But this organization is a joke. I can't say its turned into one, because it has been a joke for decades now...pretty much since 1986 or so, unfortunately. Mysteriously, their drop started right after the Wings hired Jimmy Devellano, and the Wings resurgence began shortly after. Hmm....

November 16, 2010  12:53 PM ET

Been an Islander fan for 30+ years... they are not moving to Brooklyn or Queens. No fans there, and their (small) ticket base is Nassau and Suffolk. And those fans won't stay for an entire game- gotta beat traffic and be home by 10! So they are not driving to Brooklyn or Queens. And no, they don't take public transportation on Long Island, except to work in NYC.

No matter the deal, Wang cannot get tickets sold there in the Outter Boroughs. They will need to move to Kansas City or elsewhere. Let them go.

November 16, 2010  01:15 PM ET
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Been an Islander fan for 30+ years... they are not moving to Brooklyn or Queens. No fans there, and their (small) ticket base is Nassau and Suffolk. And those fans won't stay for an entire game- gotta beat traffic and be home by 10! So they are not driving to Brooklyn or Queens. And no, they don't take public transportation on Long Island, except to work in NYC. No matter the deal, Wang cannot get tickets sold there in the Outter Boroughs. They will need to move to Kansas City or elsewhere. Let them go.

As as local, I still think that moving the team a little further out, by 110 would be perfect. it would include Suffolk, where they have a lot of fans, and they would be more accesible to other areas, with LIE and NSP right there as well as the SSP. Where they are hurts and how they are run (Snow) hurts more. As a Ranger fan, I hate seeing them so down. The rivalry is a great thing.

 
November 16, 2010  01:33 PM ET
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Garth Snow, the only reason the Devils aren't in last place (for now). I know it was the coach whose fault it was that the team wouldn't spend money on players or get any good players to coach. It wasn't the owner or GM.

Ding, ding, ding. That's the answer. The owner doesn't know what he's doing and seems more interested in getting a new arena (at taxpayer expense) than putting a good team together. I think he got Snow cos he could hire him relatively cheaply and the results are what you'd expect. I liked Snow as a goalie, but not so sure how he is as a GM. Hard to tell if he wants certain players but Wang won't pay for them.

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