The New York Islanders relieved both Garth Snow and Doug Weight of their duties as Head Coach and General Manager today. Lou Lamoriello will take over as GM.
This is a dream, right? I cannot believe I am actually writing it but the New York Islanders have fired both Garth Snow and Doug Weight according to Arthur Staple of The Athletic.
For Garth Snow, he was coming up on the 12th anniversary of his hiring to take over as General Manager of the New York Islanders. Over that time, Snow had very little success. Over 12 seasons, under full control, Garth’s team’s missed the playoffs eight of the 12 years he was running the show.
Fans quickly lost patience with Garth Snow, personally, I thought he should’ve been fired at least four years ago but that’s a story for another day.
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Garth never was truly put on the hot seat until the Islanders decided to hire Lou Lamoriello as the President of Hockey Operations not even a month ago. Garth was pretty much stripped of his power but many thought he would sit tight as a figurehead because of his contract.
Well, that lasted all but two weeks. Lou Lamoriello decided to relieve Garth of his duties and he appointed himself as the General Manager.
As for Doug Weight, he was let go after just one full season behind the bench. Weight shined as the interim coach in 2016-2017 going 24-12-4 down the stretch. He followed that up with an utterly disappointing 2017-2018 season as the team went 35-37-10 with a putrid defense.
By the end of his tenure, Dougie just didn’t know what to say anymore. He clearly looked overmatched and the Islanders left him without words to describe his teams play, especially in the second half of the year.
Lou Lamoriello has shown early in his tenure that changes are coming to this team. With the draft, just 17 days away expect a lot more to change in the coming weeks. Holy smokes guys it really happened.