Breaking: Longtime NHL GM and his head coach have been fired

Wow! They're cleaning house!

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According to a report from Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the New York Islanders have fired head coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow.

More on this story to come.


The Islanders organization has now officially confirmed the news.

Here's the full press release courtesy of the Islanders' official website:

New York Islanders President of Hockey Operations, Lou Lamoriello announced today that Garth Snow and Doug Weight have been relieved of their duties. Lamoriello will take over the responsibilities of General Manager and immediately begin the process to find the team's next Head Coach.  
"The New York Islanders would like to thank both Garth and Doug for their dedication to the franchise," Lamoriello said. "Both started their tenures with the franchise as players and grew as tremendous leaders to the positions they held."   
Both will remain with the organization.  

This development marks Lamoniello's first real move with the Islanders organization since joining the team last month from the Toronto Maple Leafs. In fact, the moment Lamoriello joined the Islanders you just KNEW what it meant for both Snow and Weight. Now the question becomes, "who is the team's next GM? And, what will they do about John Tavares?

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal hypothesizes that Lamoniello's first big splash could involveLamoriello going back to the well and striking a deal with his former club, the New Jersey Devils.

Interesting… Schneider straight up for the 11th or 12th pick overall? As much as Schneider struggled in 2017-18 and as good as backup Keith Kincaid was down the stretch for the Devils, this seems far fetched. There’s little doubt that Schneider would provide the Islanders with better, more reliable goaltending than Halak, but Devils GM Ray Shero isn’t likely to give him up without getting a quality goalie back. After all, Kinkaid is still relatively unproven and, of course, Schneider himself would have to approve any move himself as he holds a no trade clause.

So… any chance of this deal going down? Sure… anything’s possible. Is it likely? Probably not… 

It's much more likely that Lamoriello is focused on one person and one person only: Tavares.