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Islanders ask to talk to Tortorella

Posted Jul 19, 2008 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Jul 19, 2008 at 12:14 AM

The New York Islanders have called the Lightning seeking permission to speak to former Lightning coach John Tortorella about their vacant head coaching position. Here’s the is the details:

TAMPA - Former Lightning coach John Tortorella could be in line to take over the vacant head coaching position with the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have contacted Tampa Bay seeking permission to speak to Tortorella, The Tribune has learned. The Lightning have granted the Islanders their request to talk to Tortorella.

Tortorella was fired by the Lightning on June 3 after seven seasons as head coach, including helping guide Tampa Bay to a Stanley Cup championship in 2004. He has one more year remaining on his contract that will reportedly pay him $1.3 million this year. Because Tortorella has a year remaining on his deal, teams must have permission from the Lightning to discuss any opening. It is believed Tortorella was also contacted by the San Jose Sharks, which hired former Detroit assistant Todd McLellan on June 11.

New York fired Ted Nolan on Monday citing what Islanders general manager Garth Snow characterized as “philosophical differences’’ after two years on the job. Snow has reportedly already interviewed former Columbus head coach and current Islanders assistant Gerard Gallant. Former Atlanta and Colorado coach Bob Hartley is also believed to be on Snow’s list.

The Islanders have also requested permission to speak to Mike Sullivan, an assistant with Tortorella last year who also has one year left on his contract, although it was unclear whether it was for a head coaching position or an assistant’s job. Sullivan served as head coach of the Boston Bruins for two seasons before he was replaced after the 2005-06 season and has already spoken to Los Angeles, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay’s other assistant coach from last season, goaltending coach Jeff Reese, is also believed to be close to joining the Toronto Maple Leafs. Reese, who also has one year remaining on his contract, has spent the past six seasons with the Lightning.

Reader Comments

Por (Big Bill) on July 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Why isn’t Artyukhin on the lightning team roster, and also not on the NHl players list ?

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hopefully, Torts will make a connection with the Islanders.  He’s a good coach, and deserves to land a good job.

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Por (BillSmith) on July 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Mike, I agree with you.

Big Bill, can only speculate that the combination of summer and RT2KN coming from Russia is causing a slowdown in paperwork.

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Por (Tommy Dickerson) on July 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

poor Ruslan, I guess Fedotenko better start looking for a new team or Torts will start blaming everything on him again

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Por (Barry) on July 19, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Tommy - Fedotenko signed with the Penguins…Would love to see Tortorella
with the Islanders, his press conferences are priceless.

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Por (Byron) on July 20, 2008 (Suggest removal)

There’s something fishy with AR2KN. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he’s still under contract in Russia and that expired contract he showed was replaced by another active one.

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Por (RAYSNATION) on July 20, 2008 (Suggest removal)

it would be nice to see torts in n.y the east can always use another team with a weak defensive system..i hope garth snow enjoys watching his defensemen wave their sticks and play the puck…all physical play in n.y will immediately come to a halt…good choice garth…anyone want to bet on how long it takes for torts to blow up at snow???

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Por (Goalman) on July 20, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Just read a report that Andre Roy is signing with the Flames in Calgary.Sorry to see him go,but not surprised

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Por (Gary Meleski) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Saw on The Hockey News where it looks like Paul Maurice is the front runner for the Islanders coaching job.

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Por (fanofbolts) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

You have to feel for DiPietro. He was considered a good young goalie. Hope he can withstand odd man rushes left and right, all game long. And if he can’t, the media will sure get an earful about it from the coach.

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Por (Mary_W) on July 21, 2008 (Suggest removal)

This blog is rarely updated and boring.  Try Damian’s blog—MUCH more lively!  Erik, are you part-time?

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Por (david) on July 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

why do they have to ask for permission? he’s no longer under contract or employed by the Lightning Org. i don’t get it…

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Por (Mike Joyce) on July 22, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Torts is still under contract, and being paid by, the Lightning.  He may have been fired, but his contract is still there and he will be paid until the contract terminates.  If he gets another job, then at least to the extent of that contract, the Bolts will not responsible for paying him. 

I don’t know the law, but as a contract, he is still due his pay.  It mAy be possible that if he makes half of what he had been making, the Lightning might still be responsible for the balance during the remainder of the contract term.

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Por (BOLTS RULE !!!!) on July 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Darche has been signed by Buffalo, and The bolts just picked up a farm league team in Augusta,the ECHL Augusta Lynx,

Is Erik on vacation or just gone to sleep, not much is getting reported these days

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Por (BOLTS RULE !!!!) on July 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Just saw where Johan Holmqvist has now gone back to Frolunda, Sweden from Dallas.

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Por (Gary Meleski) on July 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

What’s the deal with this blog anyway? For weeks on end we get all kinds of tidbits and just about anything is posted by Erik or whoever and then it all just stops with no mention of anything. I’ve had to go to other outlets to get Bolts news.

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Por (shale) on July 24, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Double E is probably on vaca in the mountains somewhere or something like that. Everyone knows those types of vacations, no phone, no computer and no tv.  Geesh, I could use one myself.  Noticed he mentioned something to the effect a few weeks ago.  I am sure he would not let a day go by if he were in or around town.

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Por (Mike Golic) on July 25, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The problem on Long Island was not the coach, Ted Nolan.  It was the GM, Garth Snow. Why do you fire a coach this late into the summer? Then again, this is the guy who gave his goalie a 10 yr contract. Snow needs to go.  He was an average goalie, now he is a below average GM. If I was Torts, I would wait til next year and see what is out there. He is still getting paid, so what is the rush.  Go do TV.  Worst scenerio, the Islander’s job will be open again in 2 years.

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Por (Triton123) on May 27, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I guess Fedotenko better start looking for a new team or Torts will start blaming everything on him again.
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