Laviolette to Be Fired? Trade rumors.

My favorite reporter (not) Larry Brooks “has learned” that many of the problems that the Islanders are having this year stems from a rift between certain core players and head coach Peter Laviolette. According to Brooks, the rift began last year during the Toronto playoff series when Laviolette scolded many of his high profile players in front of reporters and higher ups in Isles management.

The players also believe that Laviolette has “coddled” Alexi Yashin even while he has scored 2 goals and been -9 over the last 11 games. A rift in the locker room has occured between those who like Yashin and those who don’t. Even Islanders tv reporters have said Yashin is a loner and that is the reason the Islanders have been interested in obtaining Bure and Kozlov so that Yashin will have some friends on the team.

Laviolette to regain some form of commorodity asked his forward lines in Boston to eat together as a unit instead of going out as a team. One Islander was quoted saying it was “high school stuff.”

Laviolette before the Pittsburgh game (Islanders won 3-2) took a lot of the blame for the teams poor start. According to Brooks, Mike Milbury has been reluctant to pull a trade off because he likes his team and feels that the problem might lie with the head coach, whose contract expires after this year. It was suggested that Milbury might not wait much longer, and that his first move if given permission by the owners would be to fire Laviolette.

However it also appears that players like Peca who like Laviolette have tried to get in the middle and motivate some of these players to take the heat off of the head coach.

I personally like Laviolette. I think he is smart and tough. I think some of these unmotivated players were guys that weren’t producing anyway dating back to last year before the playoffs. I hope they don’t get rid of Laviolette, but anything is possible under Milbury. The article mentions that the “franchise” is in jeopardy again because after a massive raise in ticket prices and fans buying into the team, an exodus of those same fans will occur if the team isn’t righted soon.

In trade rumors, a deal of Dave Scatchard and Brad Isbister to Edmonton for Anson Carter has been put on the table by Milbury. This one, or variations of it were rampant last year. Another has DiPietro to Boston for Kyle McClaren. The Flyers have been scouting the Islanders looking to move Dan Mcgillis. Phoenix has also been seen scouting the Isles looking for a center for Tony Amonte, who has 4 goals and is a -6.

15 Responses to Laviolette to Be Fired? Trade rumors.

  1. mikster says:

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight, just like the Post said about MacTavish.

    Laviolette doesn’t have that good of a team to work with and does not even have a quality 1st line. He got them in the playoffs, why should he not get them in the playoffs again? Other coaches before him got more than one chance after missing the playoffs.

  2. RangerSteve says:

    I don’t know if anyone saw it, but I put a lil post thinking about Carter to the Isles for Isbister, but not for Scatchard. I was thinking maybe Dipietro. The Oilers are a low budget team and they are going to move Salo at some point. Isbister is underachieving right now, and seeing Carter go to the Island for Isbister and Dipietro would make much sense. I don’t think the Islanders will trade Deipietro for McLaren just because Boston is so stingy and that they want “immediate help and only if it is what they want”. Hey McLaren might as well go to Europe at this point!

  3. MossRocks says:

    OK, why do we post Brooks’ crap on this site? Mikster please reply to this question. This guy hasn’t nailed a single rumour in the two years I have been paying attention to the drivel that he writes. Let’s stop the madness. Half of the members on this site have a better record than this guy.

    How do you manage to be as clueless as Larry Brooks with the benefit of a press pass? It takes a very special moron to achieve this level of incompetence. If I want to read some hockey fiction, I’ll go find myself a Ouija board or 1000 monkeys with typewriters and generate my own. This might be how Brooks does it.

    MacT last week (special thanks to Manta for propagating that B.S.) Laviolette this week, who’s next? Brooks is just making his rounds.

  4. MossRocks says:

    As for the Carter rumour… dream on NYI fans. This deal wasn’t good enough last year when Isbister was half decent and Scatchard was a solid player. Their value has plummeted to the depths of the Atlantic. The Isles will need their old Cap’n Highliner mascot to find out what they are worth now. Throw in Torres and maybe a deal can be done. Carter’s got 9 goals and 19 points in 18 games. You’ve got to put up or shut up to get a player like that.

    It doesn’t really matter because the salaries don’t match up, so the Oilers can’t do it. Isbister – $1.8million, Scatchard – $1.3million, Torres $1.1million. You would have to take Marchant at $1.5million, to make it close. Carter and Marchant for Isbister, Torres and Scatchard? That’s a five player deal and probably a sideways move. Forget about it.

    The DiPietro and Isbister for Carter is silly too. Salo is still pretty cheap and will come around soon enough. Shutting out St. Louis and stoning their PP was reason for hope. He likes Edmonton a lot and might sign another below market value contract to stay. The Oilers have Deslauriers as their top notch prospect and don’t need a hotshot, American college kid with a bad attitude.

  5. mikster says:

    It’s all rumors, and rumors are rarely correct.

  6. mikster says:

    Noticed how Isbister has been in trade rumors everywhere for the Isle’s, and they keep trying to trade him (about to be traded for Poti too)?

    How does that tell me that he is worth trading for?

  7. lander45 says:

    On the Laviolette issue

    I am a die hard Islander fan.

    But you have to wonder about it. Take the lines for example It’s always Issy Oleg and Yashin. It doesn’t work. Why not put Blake or Lappy or even one of our rookies with Yashin for more than a period. It seems like it’s always back to the same old lines. Why not give the hardest workes time with the big gun. Give Izzy 5 min. a game . Make him earn that number one line status!

  8. MossRocks says:

    What is the point of requiring sources then? If Brooks is a source, my living room chair is a fucking insider.

  9. flyersdan says:

    The Flyers would be stupid to trade McGillis. He is their number three defenseman behind Weinrich and Johnnson. They just need to put him back on his natural side and pair him with someone other than Seidenberg for more than one shift. Anyone would find a new system, new partner, and new side all in the same season a little hard to adjust to. Plus the Islanders don’t have anything that they would be willing to give up for him that I would want.

  10. Tradedude says:

    Didn’t this guy literally take the islanders to the play-offs last season. I mean, don’t get me wrong here, I’m a leaf fan. and i hate the isles as much as they hate us. BUT blaming the coach in an early start after bringing them to post-season in his first year of coaching. Which tells you something.

  11. JohnFlan22 says:

    Even though Brooks posts crap with the mind of a leaf fan, from time to time he manages to report some accurate rumors. I beleive he was the first to report that the isles where going to trade palffy to the rangers. I didnt believe that shit at all but the deal was real and it took Gary Bettman to nix the deal and save the islander fans from mass suicide so…. I dont know, the crap he writes is at least funny to read some times although mostly untrue.

  12. JohnFlan22 says:

    He’s big, skates very well, has descent puck skills, just not alot of finish. He’s a gamble, roll the dice you coud lose or win big. He’s still a kid. The only thing that stops him is himself. Before he had those injury problems he was really making progress, now he seems afraid to get hurt again and plays with less of an edge. He used to even fight guys once and awhile but now he doesn’t do anything that might put himself in harmsway. Will he get over these phobias? Dunno, probably…You roll the dice with young hockey players it’s that simple.

  13. mikster says:

    Yeah, but i wouldn’t roll Tangauy’s dice either and take Izzy’s.

  14. guinsfan4life says:

    I disagree, Mik..I think the Islanders are a good enough team to play for a higher seed in this year’s playoffs. I don’t know exactly what first like they put on the ice, but with players such as Yashin and Peca, why should they have a problem? I wish I had some of the names on the penguins roster that Laviolette has to work with nightly..

  15. guinsfan4life says:

    You know, I watched the penguins game against the isles the other night and they have a ton of young hard working forwards that would open up scoring chances for Yashin…I agree, why not put one or two of them with him?

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