Sullivan doesn't make cut, either
The Lightning's former coaching staff is having a heck of a time finding new jobs.
Long Island's Newsday reported former Tampa Bay assistant Mike Sullivan is not among the final three candidates for the Islanders' head coaching job that will be decided between Bob Hartley, Paul Maurice and AHL coach of the year Scott Gordon. Newsday reported last week that John Tortorella had been passed over and that Sullivan was still in the mix for a job that would entail, mainly, working and developing the team's young up-and-comers.
Former goaltenders coach Jeff Reese also was passed over for a goalie coach job by the Maple Leafs.
It is possible, but not entirely probable, that Sullivan and Reese could end up re-assigned by the Lightning into scouting positions as both also have a year left on their contracts, and Tampa Bay is trying to revamp its scouting operation, anyway. We'll wait and see.
I don't believe anyone, though, would have predicted Tortorella, especially, would have gone so long without landing a job, especially considering the openings this summer. But he is in a position of strength in that he is guaranteed $1.3-million for the last year of his Lightning contract and does not have to take a job just for the sake of taking one. He can wait for the perfect position in which his view of the world and the other team's match up perfectly.
That could come next season when some underachieving squad needs a kick in the butt. And we know Torts has the shoes to do it. In the meantime, I would like to see him as a TV analyst somewhere. When he wants to, Torts can be wonderfully engaging, and he is incredibly smart about the game. He'd have to watch his mouth, though. I can't count how many times, as Lightning coach, he apologized to TV and radio guys for colorful language that would have to be bleeped or edited.