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?
Source: Laviolette "definitely" a top candidate if Isles make coaching change. Me: Move quickly then. He'll have other offers.—
Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) December 06, 2013
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?