Spat with GM leads to Ted Nolan being fired. Color me surprised.

If you haven’t heard by now, the New York Islanders have fired their head coach, the Buffalo “legend” that is Ted Nolan.

Although there had been a growing rift throughout last season between Nolan and Snow, the somewhat surprising midsummer move was made after a morning meeting at Nassau Coliseum before the opening of a rookie training camp.

“The process for me was something that took a lot of time to come to terms with,” Snow told The Associated Press. “We all know we probably weren’t all on the same page in certain areas.

“It wasn’t going to work if two people aren’t on the same page. That’s why the meeting was healthy because we both realized that there were differences in philosophy.”

Honestly, I don’t see how anyone could see this as a surprise. You knew it was a matter of time. It started looking like an eventuality when the Isles shipped out Nolan’s homeboy Chris Simon last season. Now it’s public and just as ugly as his last divorce from an NHL team.

Kudos to Garth Snow for saving his own job. John Muckler wasn’t that lucky here in Buffalo.

Yet, I guarantee every second that Ted Nolan is without a job, there will be some idiot in this city that wants him back behind the Sabres bench.

Nolan was a .500 coach (73-72-19, with a 5-7 playoff record) who alienated the team’s best player. He was a cancer to the team, and that has been well documented. How can your coach be the one that divides the locker room?

Ted walking away from that one year contract offer was the best thing that could’ve happened to this organization.

But you know what? Go ahead and spin this one, Bucky. Use this to rile up your followers, I’m sure you’ll try to make it look like it’s the Sabres’ fault.

And odds are, people will still want to bring him back to Buffalo.

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Posted on July 15, 2008, in Sabres/NHL and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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