Know what Ted Nolan likes? Cagey, blue-collar veterans.
Know what Ted Nolan apparently doesn’t like? Having a job.
Islander GM Garth Snow (and I’ll never stop laughing at that, by the way) fired Nolan today, citing irreconcilable differences.
The rift between Nolan and the organization became apparent last spring after his request for a contract extension before the final year of his three-year contract was denied by owner Charles Wang. When Snow became convinced that Nolan did not share his belief in rebuilding by emphasizing the development of the organization’s young prospects, he made the decision to end the power struggle and seek a partnership with a coach of his own choosing.
Boy, things are never easy when you’re Ted Nolan. First Dominik Hasek openly declares you to be detrimental to his play, and now this. Sure, the veterans quit on the guy late last year, but doesn’t scrap and pluck count for anything any more?
It would seem, at least to me, that former Thrashers coach Bob Hartley is the logical replacement since he coached Snow before and is recently out of a job. Would he do a better job than Nolan with the team as it’s currently constituted? Unlikely. But this is Garth Snow we’re talking about.
No word on whether or not Snow would be floating Jeremy Colliton a 15-year contract extension.