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What's up in Long Island?
Earlier this summer, the New York Islanders made a bunch of front office moves that on first glance, looked all good. Pat Lafontaine, Bryan Trottier, Neil Smith and Ted Nolan moved into new positions while Mike Milbury moved out of his long standing role. But now just 40 days after he was hired, the Islanders have fired general manager Neil Smith due to as owner Charles Wang said, "philosophical opposition to our business model". What gets even stranger though is that Islanders goalie Garth Snow has announced his retirement and will move into the all important GM role.
Not only does one have to wonder what it was that Wang, the Islander brass and Smith disagreed on, but also the decision to hire a very "green" GM. Garth Snow was backing up Rick Dipietro just a couple of months ago and will be making a huge jump to the top of the hockey organization. One also has to wonder what type of influence Mike Milbury still has and the position this puts head coach Ted Nolan. Lots of questions and headscratching as the Islanders make some questionable moves.
The saga continues in Long Island with Pat Lafontaine resigning from his post as senior adviser to Islanders owner Charles Wang.