By: Colin Noonan
The big news out of Islander country yesterday is that head coach Doug Weight and GM Garth Snow have been relieved of duties and reassigned within the organization. New team president Lou Lamoriello will also assume the role of GM and has said the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
Names like Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe and Leafs assistant DJ Smith have been thrown around due to Lamoriello’s tenure with the Leafs with some even saying Barry Trotz could be in the mix should the Capitals decide to part ways with him, which is rumored to be in the cards even if the Capitals win the Cup.
This is a welcome change for many Islander fans especially in regards to Snow who, if billboards in Brooklyn are to be believed, had long overstayed his welcome with the organization he’s run since 2006.
The big question is what does this mean for John Tavares. In my opinion, not much. I still think he signs long-term with the Islanders. At the end of the day, Lou Lamoriello is 75 years old. I doubt he would have the patience at this juncture for a full-scale rebuild, which is exactly what the Islanders would have to do if Tavares left. For that reason, I think if he was under the impression Tavares was leaving, he wouldn’t have taken the job in the first place.
It’s no secret that Tavares and Weight were very close but he’s still in the organization so I don’t really buy that because of this Tavares will leave an organization that has Doug Weight for one that doesn’t. For the first time in a long time, there’s accountability with the New York Islanders.
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