Don’t know the whole story yet, but it’s no secret there was friction between Ted Nolan and GM Garth Snow last year. Here’s the official release:
TED NOLAN WILL NOT RETURN AS ISLANDERS HEAD COACH IN 2008-09
Snow to Begin Search for New Head Coach Immediately
(July 14, 2008 â€“ Long Island, NY) New York Islanders General Manager Garth Snow announced today that Ted Nolan will not return next season as the teamâ€™s head coach. Nolan had one season remaining on his contract.
â€œTed has helped us achieve some success over the last two seasons, however it has become clear that we have philosophical differences and have decided together to part ways,â€ said Snow. â€œSince last season and continuing into the summer, I have realized we do not share the same philosophies. I would like to thank Ted for his two years with the team and wish him the best.
â€œI have a list of several qualified candidates. After a thorough process, we will hire the very best coach to lead the Islanders on the ice.â€
Added Nolan: â€œWhile I am disappointed I will not be coaching the Islanders next season, there have been philosophical differences and weâ€™ve agreed itâ€™s a good time for me to move on. I want to thank the Islanders organization for giving me a chance to coach in the NHL again. I have tremendous respect for what the team is trying to do and I wish them well.â€
Snow will be available to the media at 2:00 PM at the Nassau Coliseum. Media should use the NY Islanders Executive Offices entrance on the west side of the building.