(11) Bill Stewart
Bill Stewart is another example of an Islanders coach hamstrung by the Mike Milbury disease. Bill coached 37 games in the 1998-1999 season. In those games the team wasn’t great they were 11-19-7 with a point percentage of .392.
Like I said, the numbers weren’t great but neither was the team he was working with. Well, Milbury decided to pull the plug midseason and put himself behind the bench again. Milbury ended up with a .322 points percentage.
The team got significantly worse after Stewart was fired. Bill would never coach at the NHL level again but would go on to win a championship with the Mannheim Eagles in the DEL in 2000-2001.
(12) Lorne Henning
Lorne Henning is an interesting guy on this list. He coached the Islanders for two seasons, but they weren’t back to back years and they weren’t full seasons either. The first stint came in 1994-1995 and it was a lockout-shortened season.
In the 48 games they did play, Henning had his team go 15-28-5 with a .365 points percentage. After the season, the Islanders decided to bring in Mike Milbury to replace him. Then, six years later, Henning is back again.
This time it was to replace Butch Goring who was let go halfway through the season. In 17 games his team went 4-11-2 with a points percentage of .294. He did not return in 2001-2002 and he’d never coach at the NHL level after that.