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.