Monday, July 28, 2008

Do they have their man?

In the wake of my previous post, there is news that John Tortorella may be the front runner for the Islanders coaching job. Talk about a complete turn-around in coaching philosophies. Ted Nolan was known for his ability to create relationships with his players; for getting to known them and thereby getting the most out of them.

John Tortorella is the type of guy who gets in everyone's face and lays down the challenge - compete or sit. If he's the guy they go with he will need a lot of patience with this young Islander squad. Not to mention there is always the possibility that the veterans on the team will get turned off with this type of approach. Someone like Doug Weight or even Bill Guerin may not respond well to JT's in-you-face style. We'll have to wait and see.

I've read that JT should be the front runner by virtue of the fact that he's won a Cup but he doesn't have the nucleus here that he had in Tampa Bay - at least not yet. That's where the need for patience comes in and it's never been Tortorella's forte.


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