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New York Islanders Ranking Every Single Coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - APRIL 3: Head coach Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils gives instructions during the game against the Ottawa Senators at the Continental Airlines Arena April 3, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - APRIL 3: Head coach Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils gives instructions during the game against the Ottawa Senators at the Continental Airlines Arena April 3, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NY – SEPTEMBER 21: Head Coach Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders conducts practice during a training camp session on September 21, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY – SEPTEMBER 21: Head Coach Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders conducts practice during a training camp session on September 21, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

(9) Rick Bowness

Bowness was a Mike Milbury hire and Milbury gave him very little chances at success. When he took over in 1996-1997 the team responded well and finished 16-18-3 in the final 37 games with a point percentage of .473.

The next year, the team got off to a 22-32-9 start, which isn’t very good I must admit and Bowness got let go. Milbury put himself behind the bench while he still served as GM, it was something Milbury felt very fond of.

Bowness would continue his coaching career with the Coyotes as an Assistant, the move on to the Canucks and Lightning organization where he still resides.

(10) Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon had a rough go of it for the New York Islanders. His first year was in 2008-2009. The team went 26-47-9 which was bad enough to yield them the first overall pick. At least John Tavares was a result of the Gordon incompetency.

He followed that up with a 34-37-11 record and a points percentage of .482. That’s not bad, especially when you consider the growth at that point from year to year. It was 2010-2011 where things went off the rails.

After 17 games the Islanders were 4-10-3 and Garth Snow decided it was time for a change. That’s when Jack Capuano was brought in. Over the two and a half years Gordon had a .417 points percentage which is 10th all-time.

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