NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 6, 2018
Islanders fire GM Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight, plus the latest on the Capitals, Golden Knights, Auston Matthews & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello yesterday relieved general manager Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight of their duties. Lamoriello takes over as GM and begins the search for a new coach. He said things remain “status quo” for the coaching and scouting staff.
Andrew Gross lists Toronto Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe, former Florida Panthers assistant coach John Madden, former Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils assistant coach Scott Stevens, former NHL coach Brent Sutter, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach D.J. Smith as potential replacements for Weight behind the Islanders bench.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Few folks were surprised by these moves by Lamoriello. While it was assumed the contracts of Snow and Weight might keep them around for at least another season, it’s apparent Lamoriello wants to quickly change the Islanders’ culture.
Snow had a mixed record as Isles general manager, hampered in part by a shoestring budget under former owner Charles Wang for nearly a decade. Regardless, the Islanders failed to significantly improve during his tenure.
It’ll be interesting to see if this move affects Lamoriello’s efforts to re-sign Islanders captain John Tavares, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. I’ll have more on that later this morning in the Rumors section.
WASHINGTON POST: Game 4 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final broke the Capitals’ TV viewership records, drawing a 22.9 local household rating.
SPORTSNET: Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller suffered a broken nose during Game 4 when he was hit in the face by Capitals winger T.J. Oshie. Despite the injury, Miller still finished the game.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild yesterday announced former North Stars general manager Jack Ferreira was named an assistant GM.
TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has changed agents. He’s joining OrrHockeyGroup, which is led by Hall of Fame defenseman Bobby Orr. The group also represents Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting move by Matthews, whose entry-level contract expires next July. He can be re-signed to a contract extension by the Leafs as early as July 1.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Speaking of McDavid, his rookie card sold online for a record $55, 655.
BOSTON HERALD: Sad news out of Wakefield, Massachusetts, as former Boston Bruins star Johnny McKenzie is reportedly dying. The 80-year-old is resting comfortably at home. McKenzie played 13 seasons in the NHL and six in the WHA, winning two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins. After his playing career ended, McKenzie overcame alcoholism and reconciled with his children. His family is considering donating his brain after his death for CTE research.