As I so boldly predicted in my previous entry, the Islanders have hired inexperienced(NHL-wise), but successful, AHL Coach of the Year Scott Gordon. Um...i really don't know what to say. I hope Coach Gordon doesn't take my remarks about him not being what the team needs as a slight(as if he would ever read this, but just to cover my behind). It was only my opinion that the Islanders, who are in the beginning stages of a youth-movement, or a rebuild as some would say, should hire a coach with NHL SUCCESS on his resume. A coach with said success would know what is expected and what it takes to be a winning team at the NHL level. BUT...I am just a fan...not the GM.
So here is what GM Garth Snow had to say about coach Gordon, as per the Islanders home page:
"Scott has been one of the top up-and-coming coaches in hockey and with good reason. Through his work in the minor leagues and most recently with Providence over the last eight years, he has gained an impeccable reputation. The entire Islanders organization looks forward to working with Scott."
Last season, Gordon led the Providence Bruins to an excellent record of 55-18-3, so maybe I have a reason to be optimistic. Maybe I just wanted a big name to come in and save the day, but maybe this Scott's chance to show us all what he's got and what has made him so successful.
So, from me to you Mr. Gordon, and on behalf of all Islanders fans...welcome to New York...now lets get this thing moving.