New York Islanders Ranking Every Single Coach
(7) Brad Shaw
Brad Shaw was Head Coach of the New York Islanders for a full 40 games. And it’s completely fitting that he sits right in the middle of our listing. Cause Shaw was just that: average.
In his 40 games, he compiled an 18-18-4 record. Perfectly .500.
When Stirling took the fall halfway in the 2005-06 season Shaw, his assistant, took over. He didn’t improve on his predecessor’s record of 18-22-2. Which is why he wasn’t kept behind the bench for the 2006-07 season.
(8) Terry Simpson
Terry Simpson had an impossible job. He was replacing Al Arbour, the coach that brought the team four championships. He had success early on in his tenure though which really helped him out.
In 1986-1987 the Islanders finished with a 35-33-12 record and made the playoffs they even beat the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs with the famous four-overtime game in Game 7.
The following year, the team would make the playoffs again with a better record, 39-31-10. Although this time they were bounced in the first round by the New Jersey Devils. After a 7-18-2 start in 1988-1989, a .296 points percentage, Simpson was replaced and Al Arbour returned to coach.