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from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal, The fracture seems to stem from LaFontaine’s 40-day tenure as an unpaid senior adviser to team owner Charles Wang and his resignation from that post on July 18, 2006. That resignation came just hours after Wang had fired general manager Neil Smith and replaced him with the team’s backup goaltender, Garth Snow. Wang had hired Smith and LaFontaine on the same day, and LaFontaine said in a recent interview that he disagreed with Wang’s decision to fire Smith after less than six weeks.
LaFontaine elected to step down after failing to persuade Wang to reconsider, he said—not necessarily out of loyalty to Smith, but out of concern for the franchise’s direction. “I believe you treat people fairly,” he said, “and stand up for what you believe in.”
Through a team spokesman, Wang declined to comment on the situation. “Pat LaFontaine had a great NHL career and does a lot for the Long Island community,” Wang said in a statement. “We wish him all the
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New York Islanders owner Charles Wang has given both general manager Garth Snow and coach Jack Capuano a vote of confidence.
Wang told MSG Network on Sunday that he thinks Snow has done "a very good job," noting that he has "complete confidence" in him.
He then agreed when asked if Snow and Capuano would return to their respective posts for next season.
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, Despite the fact the New York Islanders will miss the playoffs this season for the fifth straight year, team owner Charles Wang said he will bring back both general manager Garth Snow and coach Jack Capuano next season.
In an interview with MSG Network on its pregame show Sunday, Wang said he thinks Snow has done “a very good job,” and expressed...
This was a week of addressing the fans for the Isles brass. First, Garth Snow addressed two sessions of select season ticket holders before both Thursday and Saturdayâs game and then Sunday afternoon, Charles Wang sat down with Howie Rose to discuss âThe State of the Islanders.â
Neither had any âbigâ message to convey, as there really isnât any news...
Pat LaFontaine was the face of the New York Islanders following their glory years of the early 80s. He was one of the best players in the NHL, and is one of the best American-born hockey players off all-time. During his 7 years with the team, he scored 287 goals and recorded 238 assists. But if you were to go to Islanders games, unless you find fans wearing his old jersey, you will...