Torts, Islanders a no-go; Sullivan still in mix
Still on vacation but thought this was interesting enough to post:
For those who believed John Tortorella would be a natural for the Islanders job, think again. Long Island's Newsday reported today that Torts is not on the short list, though former Lightning assistant Mike Sullivan still is.
As Newsday's Greg Logan wrote, "There always was a question whether Tortorella and a team committed to a long-term development plan were the right fit for each other. ... There also would have been a question whether his hard-charging style and impatience would have worked with a team planning to fill some major roles with developing prospects from the organization."
Whatever the reasoning, bottom line for the Lightning is the team is still on the hook for Torts' $1.3-million salary in the last year of his contract.
Still in the running for the Islanders job, according to Newsday, are Sullivan, Bob Hartley, Paul Maurice, Marc Crawford, Gerard Gallant and current AHL coach of the year Scott Gordon.