Posts Tagged ‘Jack Capuano’

Coaching change rumored for Islanders; Is Peter Laviolette on wish list?

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Peter Laviolette coached the New York Islanders for two seasons.

Peter Laviolette had some success with the Isles before wearing out his welcome. (Ed Betz/AP)

By Allan Muir

A season that began with such fresh promise is unraveling like a Rob Ford lie on Long Island. The Islanders are in last place in the Metropolitan Division, and coming off an eighth-straight loss on Thursday night. They’re struggling to correct their course before the playoffs are completely out of their reach, but the outlook is getting grimmer by the day.

Something has to give. But are they really ready to pin the blame on coach Jack Capuano?

Botta is a top-notch reporter with deep ties in the organization. If he’s throwing Laviolette’s name out for public consumption, there’s likely more than a little smoke here.

And it’s a name that’s sure to catch the attention of the dispirited tribe known as the Isles faithful. Laviolette spent two seasons (2001-03) behind the bench on Long Island, guiding a hard-working team to the playoffs both times before being dismissed by infamous GM Mike Milbury in a fit of pique. Since then, Laviolette has won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes (2006), coached Team USA at the Olympics (2006), and guided the Flyers to the Cup Final (2010). These days he’s working as an assistant for Team USA, and is doing some heavy scouting ahead of the team’s roster selection.

He’s an undeniably capable guy…but bringing him on now would be a pointless move, wouldn’t it?

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  • Published On Dec 06, 2013
  • Top Line: Fighter rips ex-coach Bob Hartley; Alfie in Ottawa; more links

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    Bob Hartley, now coach of the Calgary Flames, was ripped by one of his former Avalanche players.

    Flames coach Bob Hartley is not remembered fondly by one his former players. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • This piece by Mike Chambers and Adrian Dater of The Denver Post tackles the ongoing fighting/concussion debate with a solemn thoroughness. But what makes it a must-read are the damning comments that former Colorado enforcer Scott Parker directs toward his ex-coach, Bob Hartley. This isn’t quite the smoking gun that the concussion lawsuit lawyers need, but it paints a vivid picture of institutional neglect that the NHL’s attorneys should fear. Parker also makes Hartley, now coach of the Calgary Flames, look like a pretty sorry human being.

    • In a companion piece, Chambers illustrates the impact that outlawing fighting has had in American college hockey. It’s not pretty.

    • Dater doesn’t like the chances of the concussion lawsuit succeeding, or Patrick Roy’s behavior in the aftermath of Colorado’s loss to St. Louis last week.

    • Another former enforcer, Darren McCarty, has a new book out just in time for Christmas gift giving. To give you a taste of what’s inside, here’s an excerpt that details his memories of his legendary beatdown of Claude Lemieux.

    • Daniel Alfredsson was overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection from Ottawa fans prior to Sunday’s game…and then was booed whenever he touched the puck. Nice to see Sens fans know when it’s time to get down to business.

    • In case you missed it, here’s the Alfredsson pre-game tribute video. Nicely done, although I think it’s probably safe to retire “Beautiful Day” by now, don’t you?

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  • Published On Dec 02, 2013