Lafontaine bows out! is reporting that, shortly after announcing the firing of Neil Smith as the Isles G.M. and replacing him by Garth Snow, Hall of Famer Pat Lafontaine tendered his resignation to owner Charles Wang. Details are not known at this time but this can only be a major blow to an organization trying to rebuild its front office from the ruins left by Mike Millbury.

25 Responses to Lafontaine bows out!

  1. Lint07 says:

    forget about the Mighty Ducks of the past, the Islanders have now become the new joke of the NHL.


    what’s next? Milbury back as GM?

  2. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I think that Islander fans need not worry about Mike Milbury, just let him be………….Here’s my plan. Get rid of Charles Wang. Get a new owner in there with half a brain, and once that happens that new owner will just fire Mike Milbury………….Problem solved.

    As a team that hasn’t done much in the last couple decades, why would you hire a GM with no experience??? I can understand the Ted Nolan hiring, he has experience and a good track record as a coach, but is known as being hard to deal with.

    I say, if you want an unexperienced GM, hire Bryan Trottier…………Give Ted Nolan a shot to coach this team, and if it doesn’t work, then hire Pat Lafontaine as the coach, and surround him with experienced assistance coaches.

    Now, rebuild.

    I feel soooo bad for Islander fans. This has got to be hard.

  3. Marky2Fresh says:

    and i thought the Leafs had problems

  4. Peguiny says:

    well pat lafontaine coaches my brothers team so hes got experiance : ) as the isles yes they are a joke but lets not forget: the joke of the NHL is the leafs haha jk. what the isles should do is what the marlins are doing in baseball. trade all of our experienced players guys like bates blake asham york bergeinhiem and others play with all the players that are like under a million for like a year get rid of Wang by *****ing up his “buisness” get a new owner who actullay cares kinda like a guy called mark cuban. Bring in one amazing player who will fill the seats and no not Alexi Yashin a guy like St Louis or an exlposive player like a PAtrick Marleu. Get a new stadium during the off season cause that colliseum is also a joke. Make Trottier the Gm keep nolan and Start the rebuilding stage!

  5. Peguiny says:

    sorry with the likes am tired and drunk

  6. Mr_Canuck says:

    What a Gong Show

  7. Air33 says:

    its more of a shit show

  8. wingerxxx says:

    Don’t be too hard on Wang. He and his previous business partner saved the Islanders from the previous ownership some years back. Now THAT was a bad scenario.

  9. beckfan05 says:

    More Chinese fire drill!

    Nice Wang-er!

  10. Rico420 says:

    Is George Steinbrenner the owner of the New York Islanders now? WTF is going on there?

    Neil Smith hired a month ago…and fired after his only move was drafting Kyle Okoposo in the first round…jeez..

    Is Mad Mike Milbury the team owner now?

  11. islesfan4lyfe says:

    I can’t take anymore of this 🙁

  12. Scruffy05 says:

    Don’t worry. Word has it that the islanders third string goalie can fill the position.

  13. NYIGoalie23 says:

    lmao.. that’s all i have to say. what a mess.

  14. SensDude says:

    the next thing we know, Milbury will trade the Islanders name to the Leafs and vice versa. It will be called the Toronto Islanders and the New York Maple Leafs AH AH AH, you know i’m kidding right ? :o)

  15. nordiques100 says:

    all the isles need to do is hire randy sexson the god of ottawa senators hockey LOL

  16. UWSensFan says:

    Well, it’d be a joke if they sent their top pick for the next 10 years too…cuz then it’d be a move worthy of Milbury!

  17. BigCanuck says:

    Baseball aint like hockey. Yankees 200 mill, Florida 15, we have a strict cap. Yet teams have done it last year. Buffalo and Carolina were low on the cap, and it worked.

    But you just cant go out and trade guys for prospects, everyone is trying to stay under the cap, there is no more Rangers, Wings, Avs, Flyers etc. It is all about the G.M. now. Good LUCK SNOW

  18. nova_scotia123 says:

    I guess Lafontaine could no longer stand the embarrasment of the Islander gong show. It goes to show the good hockey people do not want to be a part of a circus or a be a part of a reality show.

  19. papichulo71 says:

    The Islanders should have made Darcy Regier their G.M. of the team when he was there president in the early 90’s. They instead hired mad Mike and its been a tail spin ever since. Regier right now has currently put together one of the top teams in the East.

    What’s a senior advisor any way? I know I don’t do a lot at my work, and visit HTR every couple hours, but could you imagine what a day in the life of Pat Lafontaine would be at the Islanders organization?

    Has much as some Islanders dispise Mike Milbury I have to admit I like his personality. I love it when he explodes into expletives when reporters pushed him to far. Well here’s rooting for him to remain in the organization for another 10 years. Go Mike!!

  20. thatleafsguy says:

    CAN YOU HONESTLY BLAME HIM? If I were him I wouldn’t want to tarnish my reputation either, he signed up to work for an NHL Franchise, not Disney Land and the Mickey Mouse Club. What an embarassment the Islanders organization is to hockey right now, take it from some one who grew up in the Ballard era. FFS! WHAT A JOKE! hahaha

  21. gemini_the_drunk says:

    The problem is Mike Milbury is still the VP of the organization and is still Wang’s right hand man. As long as Millbury stays with the Islanders and whispers “sweet nothings” in Wang’s ear the Islanders will be in shambles. Millbury needs to be fired from the organization completely!

  22. AfroCon says:

    Apparently Milbury actually advised Wang to not fire Smith…

  23. kicksave856 says:

    Yeah, islander fans. Don’t be too hard on your Wang. Never be too hard on your Wang.

  24. 92-93 says:

    wow, its crazy how some people think these developments completely override the improvements made to this Islander club.

    last year in November/December, in the midst of one of those crazy weeks for the Devils’ Lou Lamorello (retirements, coach quitting, etc.) … i predicted the devils still had a good team and would rebound … and boy did they ever. however, at the time, many here on HTR wrote them off as a sinking ship and i couldnt understand why.

    now i know. …. hype.

    this website and its primary topic (trade rumors) is all about wild speculation and rampant rumours both realistic and unrealistic (hence why i continue to marvel at the way leaf fans are characterized as the ONLY fans on this site who engage in trade speculation for players coming to their team … unbelievable).

    this year, i’ll predict – and risk significant bashing over – that the Isles will make the playoffs or finish no lower than 10th place in the East, and with a .500 record.

    their young core impresses me. the development of DiPietro impresses me. and their additions impress me.

    so yeah, you heard it here first … the Isles make the playoffs and no i am not doing it to be contrarian (re: previous sentence).

  25. oldschoolhockey says:

    Why is the idea of Mike Milbury firing a GM and assuming that position even a question in anyone’s mind ? We are talking about the man who, as GM, fired the head coach and assumed that position on 3 different occasions.

    Milbury’s new tactic .. hire a puppet, whom he can control.

    This has all of the makings of bad reality TV .. Milbury’s cross between Survivor and Big Brother, set in an NHL front office. The show’s first commercial can be Mike Milbury and Garth Snow in Red Stripe commercial. Milbury turns to Snow and says “You are a horrible goalie”, hands him a suit and tie and says, “Now you are a wonderful GM”.

    The Islanders have had siome excellent personel, keyword .. had. They’ve had various owners, numerous coaches and so many talented players. The only constant in this madness has been Mike Milbury.

    I think, when Brett Lindros hit his head, Mike Milbury lost his mind. The madness goes back that far.

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