Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ted Nolan, miracle worker

New York Islanders' coach Ted Nolan seems to be the story o' the day, as Bob Duff of the Windsor Star penned a nice piece about the Nolans (thanks to Dad back home in Kamloops for the link) and the New York Times also speaks to the success the new bench boss has had this season.

You know, I'm stick kicking myself for underestimating the Islanders in my preseason predictions as much as I did, as I recall thinking there was absolutely no way a Nolan-coached team would finish anywhere near 14th place. Those were the days when the circus-like atmosphere of Neil Smith's firing, Pat Lafontaine's walking away and Garth Snow's hiring were oh-so-fresh in our minds, and it was difficult to envision a coach being able to cut through all that nonsense and put a winning team on the ice.

Still, there are some athletes, coaches and personalities in sports who you just don't bet against, and Ted Nolan is one of those.


At 4:10 p.m., December 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't beat yourself up too much. We've only played 30 games. That leaves 52 for Yashin to show indifference. They could still finish last in the league, much less the conference of division.

At 4:46 p.m., December 12, 2006, Anonymous Islanders Army said...

there's still a lot of work to be done. our PP is awful. we are not THAT much better than last season.

good job by Nolan so far though. for the most part there is a better effort out on the ice this year. who would have thought "Yashin comes back Friday" would be good news in Islander Country?


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