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John Tavares has left Long Island, but the biggest change to hit New York this offseason may have been the departures of general manager Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight.

In their place, the New York Islanders recruited former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello, who then hired Barry Trotz, fresh off of a Stanley Cup championship with the division rival Washington Capitals.

The new faces will help restore the credibility of the franchise, according to Islanders legend Bryan Trottier.

“The credibility aspect, absolutely, instantaneously it’s there,” Trottier, a four-time Stanley Cup winner with the Islanders, told’s Dave McCarthy. “The media can’t argue with their experiences and that’s always been a little bit of a problem with the Islanders because if they don’t do well, everybody’s all over them. So now with Lou there, he’s got credibility. Barry’s got credibility.

“How do you second-guess a guy like (former Islanders coach) Al Arbour, a guy like Scotty Bowman, a guy like Barry Trotz? Those guys have years and years and years of experience.”

While Trotz’s Stanley Cup win with the Capitals was the first of his career, he brings no shortage of a winning history, as his 762 coaching victories rank fifth all time (and just 20 back of Arbour).

Lamoriello, meanwhile, has three Stanley Cup rings to his name from nearly three decades at the helm of the New Jersey Devils. He’s also coming off a three-year stint as GM of the Maple Leafs that saw the legendary executive reshape the club into a championship contender. Of course, Lamoriello had a handful of intriguing building blocks with the Maple Leafs, but the Islanders have their fair share of impressive young talent as well.

“For (Mathew Barzal) to be an Islander and to have the kind rookie season he had, he’s not disappointing anyone,” Trottier added. “He’s a down-to-earth kid and tying my rookie assist record was great. Sharing a record with a young, skilled kid like this is awesome. I see wonderful things for Mathew in the future and for the Islanders.”

Should Barzal and the Islanders qualify for the playoffs this year, it will mark just the fourth time the franchise has done so in the past 12 seasons.


Ben McAdoo has come out of hiding.

The former head coach of the New York Giants, fired in December after a 2-10 start to the 2017 season, has re-emerged in recent weeks.

On Monday, he penned a section in Peter King’s “Football Morning in America” column on the lessons he learned during his first head coaching stint.

McAdoo took ownership of his decision to ask two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning to take a backseat in order to get a look at younger quarterbacks in a lost year. It led to Manning opting to end his consecutive streak of games started at 210.

“I learned there’s no easy way to make the truly tough decisions,” McAdoo wrote. “Right or wrong, I am at peace with how I handled the decision to play quarterbacks other than Eli Manning down the stretch of last season. At the time, we were 2-9, beat up, and I told Eli we wanted to see the other quarterbacks on the roster – including our promising rookie, Davis Webb.”

McAdoo was widely derided for the move and the sloppy manner in which it was executed.

“I gave him the option to start the games to keep his streak alive. I understand why he said no, and he was a true pro about it. My bedside manner hurt me that week. I’m working on that,” McAdoo said.

“If there’s one thing I want fans of the Giants to know, it’s that I made this call to try to make the Giants stronger for the future. It probably got me fired, but I believe I did the right thing for the right reasons.”

McAdoo has been out of the game since his firing and said he’d like to get back into coaching.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and his agents parted ways, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The No. 1 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft had been represented for his entire career by Greg Genske and Kenny Felder, who took on the marquee client despite specializing in baseball and having little experience in football.

Genske and Felder reportedly negotiated Winston’s three-game suspension with the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy, but the 24-year-old signal-caller was the one to initiate the parting, Florio adds.

Rules require Winston to wait five days before hiring new representation

The New York Islanders‘ firing of Garth Snow and Doug Weight shouldn’t impede their attempts to re-sign John Tavares.

On Monday, the team announced that Snow and Weight were relieved of their duties and that president of hockey operations, Lou Lamoriello, will assume the role as general manager. Following the announcement, Lamoriello noted that the club’s attempt to re-sign its captain did not factor into the personnel changes.

“That certainly has not and did not enter into any of the decisions that were made,” Lamoriello said, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Tavares will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Last month it was reported that Lamoriello had met with Tavares on behalf of the Islanders ahead of officially joining the team as president of hockey ops.

Tavares has spent his entire nine-year career with the Islanders since being picked first overall in 2009, where he’s tallied 272 goals and 621 points in 669 games.

Masai Ujiri had a difficult decision to make after yet another disappointing playoff exit by his Toronto Raptors: Would the team part ways with longtime – and widely respected – head coach Dwane Casey after seven seasons?

With Casey’s dismissal Friday morning, Ujiri finally played his hand. That doesn’t mean it was an easy choice for the team president.

“I hope coach Casey gets Coach of the Year,” a downbeat Ujiri told the press at Friday’s post-firing press conference. “He deserves it.”

Casey piloted the Raptors to a franchise-best 59-23 record in the regular season and their fifth straight playoff appearance, matching the team’s total postseason trips in the 18 years prior to Casey’s arrival in 2011.

“What an unbelievable human being,” Ujiri said of Casey. “It made this the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. (General manager) Bobby Webster and I went to speak to him. I never met anyone that classy in my life.

“I can I honestly say that I don’t know if I’ll work with a better person.”

The Carolina Hurricanes terminated the contract of president of hockey operations Ron Francis on Monday, the team announced.

The club also announced that Joe Nieuwendyk has resigned as a pro scout and advisor.

The move comes after Francis was reassigned from his general manager duties to president of hockey operations back on March 7. Since then, the team has reportedly seen a number of GM candidates pull themselves out of the running for the job. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the GM role has been appointed to Don Waddell for the time being.

Last week, former head coach Bill Peters signed with the Calgary Flames after opting out of his contract with the team.

On the flip side, the Hurricanes were lucky enough to acquire the second overall pick on Saturday at the draft lottery, which Waddell feels should make the team more appealing to potential coaches and GM candidates.

The Minnesota Wild‘s season was prematurely put to bed, and the team’s owner isn’t enjoying the afterglow.

Craig Leipold offered an adult-themed analogy when asked Monday to follow up on a comment that his team hasn’t been good enough.

“I just don’t see us with this team getting to the (Stanley Cup Final),” Leipold told reporters, including The Athletic’s Chad Graff, as he addressed the decision to not renew general manager Chuck Fletcher’s contract. “I think we’re a good team but not good enough right now.”

A reporter then asked what “good enough” looks like, to which Leipold replied, “It’s like pornography. You know it when you see it.”

The Wild have qualified for the playoffs in each of the last six campaigns, but lost in the opening round in the last three and failed to advance past the second round during Fletcher’s nine-season tenure.

There’s a joke in there about going unfulfilled, but we’re not going to make it.